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How do I use port forwarding on my router?

Do you have an IP camera, for example, or a printer, and do you want to access it from a different location or via 4G? Your router blocks this access by default, otherwise someone with malicious intent could easily access your network. On this page, you'll read how to make external access for your device available only to you. Note: does your device use cloud functionality? In that case, you can skip this article.

Why do I need to open the ports on my router?

You can compare opening ports to receiving mail. Is your mailbox behind your driveway gate, meaning the letter carrier can't access it? You'll never receive your mail that way. However, you don't want your gate to always be open either, allowing anyone in. That's why it's useful to provide the gate with a code. You then give that code to the letter carrier, so they're the only one who can get in.

For example, you'll want to access your IP camera. You set it to work on a specific port number (the code for the letter carrier). Link this port number to your IP camera's IP address (house number). It is important here that your IP camera should have a static IP address, otherwise you might suddenly end up trying to connect to a different device after restarting your router. Opening ports is also known as 'port forwarding'.

On the next page, you'll read how to create a static IP address:

How do I assign a static IP address to my router?

What do you need?

  • A router* A laptop or desktop that is connected to the router
  • The device that you want to provide with a fixed ip address (this must also be connected to the router)
  • The port number you are going to use. You set this on the configuration page of the device that you want to access remotely or you can find it in the manual or website of the manufacturer.
  • The ip address of your device. This address can always be found by looking at the connected devices on the main page of your router.

Step-by-step plan

Netgear

  1. Open your Netgear router's user interface. Note: this link will only work when you're connected to your router's network.
  2. At the top of the page, select the 'Advanced' tab.
  3. In the menu on the left, select the 'Advanced settings' options, followed by 'Port Forwarding/Port Triggering'.
  4. Select the 'Port Forwarding' option in the screen on the right.
  5. At the bottom, click the 'Add Custom Service' bottom. On the next screen, you'll see a number of fill-in fields.
  6. Under 'Service Name', enter a recognizable name, for example 'IP camera'.
  7. You'll find the protocol to be used in your device's settings or manual. Don't know the protocol? In that case, select both (TCP/UDP).
  8. You probably looked up the port number in advance; enter it here. Leave the 'Use the same port range for internal port' box checked.
  9. Under 'Internal IP Address', enter the device's IP address, or select it from the list below the option.
  10. Press 'Apply' at the top of the page.
  11. You can now use the selected port to access your device. You'll read how to do this at the bottom of the page.

Asus

  1. Open your browser and go to your Asus router's configuration page. Note: this link will only work if you're connected to your router's network.
  2. In the menu on the left, select the 'WAN' option.
  3. A number of tabs will appear at the top of the page. Here, select 'Virtual Server/Port Forwarding'.
  4. Turn on port forwarding by setting the option 'Enable Port Forwarding', under the 'Basic Config' heading, to 'Yes'.
  5. Under 'Basic Config', you'll find the 'Port Forwarding List', containing a number of options.
  6. Under 'Service Name', enter a recognizable name, for example 'IP camera'.
  7. Under 'Port Range', enter the port. You should have looked this up.
  8. 'Local IP' is your device's address. Use the drop-down menu to select your device from the list, or enter the address manually.
  9. Under the 'Local Port' option, enter the same as under 'Port Range'.
  10. You'll usually find the 'Protocol' on your device's configuration page, or in the manual. Can't find the protocol? Set this setting to 'Both'.
  11. Press the plus sign on the right next to the settings in order to apply the rule.
  12. The selected port can now be used to access your device. You'll read how to do this at the bottom of the page.

Linksys

  1. Open your browser and go to your Linksys router's user interface.
  2. In the menu on the left, select 'Security' (under 'Router Settings').
  3. In the screen that now appears, click the 'Applications & Gaming' tab.
  4. Next, click 'Single Port Forwarding'.
  5. Under 'Application Name', enter a recognizable name, such as 'IP camera'.
  6. Under 'External Port', enter your device's port. You should have looked this up.
  7. Under 'Internal Port', enter the same port number.
  8. You'll usually find the 'Protocol' on your device's configuration page, or in the manual. Can't find the protocol? Set this setting to 'Both'.
  9. Under 'Device IP address', enter your device's IP address. If you don't know it, you can find it in your router's 'Network Setup' menu or in the device's configuration.
  10. On the far right, click 'Save' to confirm the port forwarding.
  11. The selected port can now be used to access your device. You'll read how to do this at the bottom of the page.

Access your device

Now that the port is open, you can access the device from outside your network. This is done as follows:

Find your network's external IP address. This is the IP address your provider gives you. It can be found on your router's configuration page, but it's easier to look on https://watismijnipadres.nl. Note: this only works on a computer within your own network. Add a colon to the IP address given on that page, followed by the port. This looks like this:

http://ipaddress:port http://61.230.155.124:8080

Enter this address in your browser's address bar. This will take you to the network device's configuration page.

Is it not working?

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