Easiest Way to Forward Ports on the ZyXEL P 2812HNU Router

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September 19, 2018 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 3 minutes

ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT 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 open a port through it for certain games and applications. 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.

The basic process to open a port is:

  1. Setup a static IP address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
  2. Login to your ZyXEL P 2812HNU router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Network Setting button.
    • Click on NAT.
    • Click the Add new rule button.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT router.

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Step 1

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.

This step is important because you want a permanent IP address in your device. If you do not set up a permanent IP address in your device, then when you device reboots it may get a new IP address.

Step 2

Now we are going to login to your ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT router. Your router has a web interface, so you will login to it using your web browser. This can be either Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Edge. It usually does not matter which browser you choose to use.

Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something like this:

Image of a browser address bar
Browser address bar

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 ZyXEL P 2812HNU IP Address is:

After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:

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Screenshot of ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT.

You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT router.

ZyXEL Usernames and Passwords

If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default ZyXEL Router Passwords page.

If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT router back to its factory settings.

Step 3

Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the first page in your router:

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Screenshot of ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT.

Click the Network Setting button near the bottom of the page.

You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click NAT.

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Screenshot of ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT.

Click the Add new rule button near the bottom of the page.

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Screenshot of ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT port forward.

Step 4

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:

Use the Service Name dropdown box to pick User Define.

Make up a name to put in the Service Name box. The name does not have any effect on the functionality of the forward, it's simply there so you can know why it was created.

Pick an available connection from the WAN Interface dropdown box.

If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of the range into the Start Port and Translation Start Port boxes. Then enter the highest number of the range into the End Port and Translation End Port boxes. If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into the Start Port, End Port, Translation Start Port and Translation End Port boxes.

Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Server IP Address box. This is either the IP address of a computer or the IP address of another device on your network.

The protocol that you want to forward is selected from the Protocol box.

Your ports should now be open. It is time to test them.

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the ZyXEL P-2812HNU-F1_vT 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.

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