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How to Port Forward on a Netgear Router

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How to Port Forward on a Netgear Router

Port Forwarding is a simple way to redirect traffic from a port in a wide area network (WAN) to another port within your local access network (LAN). It’s as simple as that. If you are still wondering what is port forwarding, then let us simplify it a little further for you. It’s like telling your router, “Hey, please redirect this specific incoming request to this specific device.” 

We also have a detailed step-by-step guide that explains everything about port forwarding. However, in this article, we will only explain Netgear port forwarding and help you do that on your own. 

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Open Ports on a Netgear Router  

You can manually open ports on a router at home without installing a software or an application. Here are the steps you need to follow for port forwarding Netgear routers:

Step 1: Log in to your Netgear router IP settings page on your web browser.

Step 2: Choose Advanced > Advanced Setup > Port Forwarding/Port Triggering > Add Custom Service.  

Step 3: Enter a device name, the starting port number, and the external port.

Step 4: Select TCP/UDP if you have no clue how to choose a protocol.

Step 5: Type the IP address of your device.

Step 6: Select Apply and you are done. 

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However, you can’t open ports manually if you are behind CGNAT (Carrier-grade NAT), which most ISPs perform to assign a single IP address to multiple consumers relying on the same network.

How to Open Ports for Netgear Routers with ISPs using CGNAT

You can easily open all or any port with an add-on. PureVPN’s port forwarding add-on does not only make port forwarding simpler but also secures all your internet traffic via encrypted tunnels. Follow the steps below to port forward Netgear routers automatically:

  1. Login to the PureVPN member area
  2. Click the subscription tab
  3. Click Configure
  4. Apply your desired port settings
  5. Click Apply settings

There You Go…

This is how you port forward Netgear routers without messing up your IP settings. Moreover, if you are using a different router then we have tailored guides on various routers which include Asus, Belkin, TP-link, Draytek, and Dovado. 

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Sameed Ajax Sameed is a Digital Content Producer at PureVPN who covers cybersecurity, streaming, and weekly news. Besides that, he wastes time playing FIFA, eating pizza, and sending tweets.

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