ZyXEL X-550 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:
- Setup a static IP address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
- Login to your ZyXEL X 550 router.
- Navigate to the port forwarding section.
- Click the Advanced link.
- Click on Game Hosting.
- Create a port forward entry.
While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your ZyXEL X-550 router.
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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.
- Recommended - Our free Static IP Setter will set up a static IP address for you.
- Another way to get a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP reservation.
- Or, manually create a static ip address with our Static IP Guides.
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.
Now we are going to login to your ZyXEL X-550 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:
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 X 550 IP Address is: 192.168.10.1
After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.
- The Default ZyXEL X 550 Router Username is: admin
- The Default ZyXEL X 550 Router Password is: 1234
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your ZyXEL X-550 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 X-550 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your ZyXEL X-550 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 first page in your router:
Click the Advanced link near the left of the page.
You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click Game Hosting.
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:
- Browsing our List of Games
- Check out our our List of Games by Genre
- See our List of all Applications
In the Enable checkbox put a checkmark.
Put a name for this forward in the Name box so that you can remember why you set this forward up. The name does not matter so pick something that has meaning to you.
Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to in the 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.
In the TCP Ports to Open or UDP Ports to Open box put the ports to forward.
These ports can be entered as a list 23,24,25, a range 500-600, or a combination of both 23,45,500-600.
These entries are protocol specific. If the ports you are forwarding need to be forwarded using the TCP protocol, you should enter those ports into the TCP section. If the ports you are forwarding need to be forwarded with the UDP protocol, you should enter those ports into the udp section.
From the Inbound Filter dropdown box select Allow All.
Choose Apply Always from the Schedule dropdown box.
After you are done click the Save button.
When you're finished, click Save Settings near the top of the screen to save your changes.
Test if Your Ports are Open
Now that you have forwarded ports on the ZyXEL X-550 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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