Login to your Router HomepageEvery type of router, regardless of model and manufacturer will have a Homepage. You can go to that homepage by copy/pasting the MAC address of the router. Alternatively you can look on the back of the modem and see the details there. Every router has a white sticker with model number, manufacturer, and physical mac address. By pasting this MAC address into your search browser (preferably Chrome) you will be led to the homepage. A router homepage is not the same as your ISP (Internet Service Provider) website. If you cannot locate the MAC address of your router you can look for the serial number on the back of the device. If you google search for ‘serial # mac’, and substitute the # with the actual serial number, you will be shown a list of possible MAC addresses that you can use. Here is a list of common MAC addresses for the top 5 routers:
Locate your Router Username and PasswordDepending on the type of router you are using, your passwords will be slightly different. If this is the first time you are installing your router, your username and password will be set to the default value. Usually, that value is admin & password. If the router had been installed previously and you don’t know the surname or password you might have to Factory Reset the router. To reset your router the default settings you will need to:
- Turn the power of your router off. Locate a small button on the back or on the underside. This is the Factory Restore Settings
- Use a small paperclip or a thin needle to press and hold the button for 10 seconds. The connection light on the front of the router should start blinking.
- Remove the paperclip or needle and wait a few minutes for the device to finish calibrating.
- Open your browser and type in the router IP address. Your router should be connected to your computer via Wireless or an Ethernet cable at this point.
- Your router should have been reset to Factory Settings. Your username and password values will now match the default values of your router. Do a Google search with your router model number or serial number or alternatively call the router manufacturer helpline.
Locate Port ForwardingOnce you’ve gained access to the router Homepage, locate the port forwarding option. Depending on your router model, the Homepage might be slightly different. Generally, the Port Forwarding section will be under advanced settings.
Forward ports for the Xbox OneThe next step is easy. Turn your Xbox One on and go to Network Settings. You will need some information from here. You are looking for the last number in a section. It looks like a MAC address. You cannot miss it. Now all you need to do is fill out the information for each port. You do this by clicking on the Add Custom service button. Make sure you change the name on each port where available. Xbox Live requires these ports to be open in order for the service to work:
- PORT 88 (UDP)
- PORT 3074 (UDP AND TCP)
- PORT 53 (UDP AND TCP)
- PORT 80 (TCP)
- PORT 500 (UDP)
- PORT 3544 (UDP)
- PORT 4500 (UDP)
Reset your router and your console. Wait a few minutes for both systems to reset. You are done and have successfully created your first port forwarding. Do you have a PlayStation, then learn how to forward ports for PS4 .