Simple ZyXEL X550N Router Port Forwarding Instructions
ZyXEL X550N 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 X550N router.
- Navigate to the port forwarding section.
- Click the Network link.
- Click on NAT.
- Click the Application button.
- Create a port forward entry.
While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your ZyXEL X550N router.
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After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.
Now we are going to login to your ZyXEL X550N 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:
In the picture above the address bar has 192.168.1.151 in it. Just replace all of that with the IP address of your ZyXEL X550N router. Your router's IP address can also be refered to as your computer's default gateway.
By default the IP address is set to: 192.168.1.151
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.
- The Default ZyXEL X550N Router Username is:
- The Default ZyXEL X550N Router Password is: 1234
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your ZyXEL X550N router.
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Click the Network link near the left of the page.
You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click NAT.
Click the Application button near the top 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:
Put a checkmark in the Active checkbox.
Create a name for this forward and put it in the Service Name box. The name is only used as a reminder and has no effect on the port forward.
In the Port and Server Port box type the ports to forward.
Your ports can be entered as a list 23,24,25, a range 500-600, or a combination of both 23,45,500-600.
Enter the IP address of the device that you want to forward ports to into the Server IP Address box. This can be either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another device on your network.
When you are all done click the Apply button.
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 X550N you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.
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