Router Connection

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The first step in forwarding port[s] is figuring out how to configure your router. Just getting to the point where you can see and/or change the settings is most of the work. There is no universal method, but we're after principle here. Since routers have no screen or keyboard, we need to use a computer locally to access it. Routers have a web-based interface just for this ( there are exceptions, we're going to ignore them ).

If you have your manual for your router, it probably says something like "open a browser and go to" or somesuch.

If you don't know what a browser is - that's the program many people think of as the "internet": Internet Explorer -or- Firefox -or- Safari -or- whatever. These programs are called browsers because they "browse" the ( usually ) port 80 content served on the internet.

If your manual says something other than "" don't panic - if you can put that address in your browser's address bar ( the part that currently says "" ) and you get a response you're well on your way. The "" part is the IP address of your router.

If you don't get a response you will have to determine your router's IP address. This is usually very close to your computer's IP address, so you need to find what that is. You can find your connection and check it's status, or you can try Simply take your computer's IP address and change the last digit to a 1 ( one ). So if your computer's IP address is your router is likely at

Other methods: If you don't have your router manual - FIND IT ONLINE. If your manual says "open a browser and go to" but you get an error then follow the instructions for resetting your router - ONLY IF YOU ARE CONNECTED WITH A WIRE - NOT Wi-Fi. The reason I counsel a reset at this point is simple: you're settings are not default so you probably won't be able to log in anyway.

When you do get a response from your router, it is almost always a prompt to enter your username and password.

Almost all routers use the username "admin".  Your password may also be "admin" or it may not be set ( enter nothing ).  This is another place where the manual is handy - it should tell you the username and password you need. If the device is from your service provider, the log-in password is often on a label on the device.

If you cannot log in, you may have to reset your router back to factory defaults.

Once you're logged in you can find the area where you set up port forwarding. Again the manual comes in handy...

You can usually obtain the digital (pdf) copy of your router's manual by visiting the "Support" section of the manufacturer's website.

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