How do I configure my router if I am connecting a gaming console?

If you want to connect a gaming console to your router, such as a Microsoft Xbox® or Sony PlayStation2™, you will have to use open up access to specific ports so the devices can communicate with the Internet. This is done from the Firewall page, using Port Triggering.

The router comes with a default Port Triggering rule that you will need if you are connecting a Sony Playstation2™ that needs to access the Internet to your router. To enable the rule, select the On checkbox for the rule. This page also details how you could create your own PlayStation2 Port Triggering rule.

Note: Opening ports on a router can cause potential security risks. In particular, opening Terminal Services UPnP Port 3389 on Windows XP can allow Internet hackers to take over your computer if Windows XP is not patched with Microsoft's latest security updates. If you are opening ports on your router, you will want to make sure you have wireless security applied to the router, and you may want to restrict the devices that are allowed to connect to the router to ensure a secure wireless network.

The following is an examples on how to configure your router if you are connecting a Xbox®. For a complete list of applications and port information, visit www.iana.org.

 

Create Port Triggering rules for an Xbox®

The following rules give the example for an Xbox, where you need to open the TCP port 3047 and UDP ports 88 and 3047 on your router. To create a similar rule, you will need to know which TCP and UDP port(s) need to be opened so the device can communicate over the Internet.

  1. Start a Web browser. In the location or address line of your Web browser, type 192.168.2.1 and log in using the user name and password you previously configured in order to access the configuration pages.

  2. Click the Firewall tab.

  3. Scroll down to the Port Triggering section.

  4. Select TCP for the Outbound protocol.

  5. For Outbound port range, enter 3074 in both boxes.

  6. Select TCP for the Inbound protocol.

  7. For Inbound port range, enter 3074 in both boxes.

  8. For Destination port range, enter 3074 in both boxes.

  9. Click Add.



    On the page, you should see the rules for TCP port 3074.

  10. Next, select UDP for the Outbound protocol.

  11. For Outbound port range, enter 88 in both boxes.

  12. Select UDP for the Inbound protocol.

  13. For Inbound port range, enter 88 in both boxes.

  14. For Destination port range, enter 88 in both boxes.

  15. Click Add.



    On the page, you should see the rules for UDP port 88.



  16. Select UDP for the Outbound protocol.

  17. For Outbound port range, enter 3074 in both boxes.

  18. Select UDP for the Inbound protocol.

  19. For Inbound port range, enter 3074 in both boxes.

  20. For Destination port range, enter 3074 in both boxes.

  21. Click Add.



    On the page, you should see the rules for UDP port 3074.

  22. Click Save at the bottom of the page when you are finished.

 

Create Port Triggering rules for a PlayStation2™

Even though the router comes with the default rule for enabling Port Triggering for a PlayStation2™, the following steps show how you could create the rule yourself.

  1. Start a Web browser. In the location or address line of your Web browser, type 192.168.2.1 and log in using the user name and password you previously configured in order to access the configuration pages.

  2. Click the Firewall tab.

  3. Scroll down to the Port Triggering section.

  4. Select TCP for the Outbound protocol.

  5. For Outbound port range, enter 10070 in the first box, and 10080 in the second box.

  6. Select TCP for the Inbound protocol.

  7. For Inbound port range, enter 10070 in the first box, and 10080 in the second box.

  8. For Destination port range, enter 10070 in the first box, and 10080 in the second box.

  9. Click Add.



    On the page, you should see the rules for TCP ports 10070 to 10080.

  10. Next, select UDP for the Outbound protocol.

  11. For Outbound port range, enter 10070 in both boxes.

  12. Select UDP for the Inbound protocol.

  13. For Inbound port range, enter 10070 in both boxes.

  14. For Destination port range, enter 10070 in both boxes.

  15. Click Add.



    On the page, you should see the rule for UDP port 10070.


  16. Click Save at the bottom of the page when you are finished.

 

 

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