ZTE ZXDSL 831 routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network form unwanted access from the Internet. Since this firewall blocks incoming connections you may need to open a port through it for certain games and applications to work better. This process of opening a port is frequently called a port forward, since you are forwarding a port from the internet to your home network.
- How to setup a static IP address on the device you plan on forwarding these ports to.
- How to login to the ZTE ZXDSL 831 router web interface.
- How to find the port forwarding page in the router's web interface.
- How to setup a port forward for the online game or program of your choice.
It is important to setup a static ip address in the device that you are forwarding a port to. This ensures that your ports will remain open even after your device reboots.
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- Another highly recommended way of getting a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP Reservation.
- Or, follow our Static IP Address Setup guides.
With DHCP reservations you can manage your devices from your router. This centralizes the management of your network and helps prevent IP address conflicts. Using this method you do not have to log in to your devices separately.
TIP: Write this static IP address down. You need it in Step 4.
Now we are going to login to your ZTE ZXDSL 831 router. Your router has a web interface, so you will login to it using a web browser. This can be either Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Edge. It normally does not matter which browser you decide to use.
Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something like this:
Above is an example of what a web browser address bar looks like. Find the address bar in your router and type in your router's IP address.
The default ZTE ZXDSL 831 IP Address is: 192.168.1.1
After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:
If you do not see some sort of authentication page like the one above, you need to see if the router's IP address has been changed. To do this follow the directions on our How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.
- The Default ZTE ZXDSL 831 Router Username is: admin
- The Default ZTE ZXDSL 831 Router Password is: password
Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your ZTE ZXDSL 831 router.
ZTE Usernames and Passwords
If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default ZTE Router Passwords page.
You can also try our Find Password App to help you guess what your router password has been changed to.
If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your ZTE ZXDSL 831 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your ZTE ZXDSL 831 router back to its factory settings.
Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the Device Information page in your router:
Begin by clicking the Advanced option at the top of the page.
Now select the option in the left sidebar labeled NAT
Next, find and click the Virtual Server option in the center of the page.
Here are the ports to forward for Xbox Live:
- TCP Ports: 3074
- UDP Ports: 3074
If you are looking for the ports for a different application you can find it by either:
Pick an empty rule from the Rule Index dropdown box.
Create a name for this forward and put it in the Application box. The name is only used as a reminder and has no effect on the port forward.
If you are only forwarding a single port number then enter that number into both the Start Port Number and the End Port Number boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports separated by a hyphen then enter the lowest number of that range into the Start Port Number box and the highest number of that range into the End Port Number box.
Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to in the Local IP Address box. You can enter either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another computer or device on your network.
When you are all done click the Save button.
Don't forget to save your changes before you leave the page.
Test if Your Ports are Open
Now that you have forwarded ports on the ZTE ZXDSL 831 you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.
To test if your port has been properly forwarded, you can use our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Our Open Port Check tool is the only online port checking tool with Guaranteed Results.
Check out our other guides. We have a growing list of free gaming, networking, and software guides here at portforward.com.
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