At&t 2wire Router Port Forward

By: Dustin Macheske

There are many reasons that you might want to setup port forwarding, or open a port up on your 2wire router. Some of these reasons your might open a port is because you are running certain specialized software application on your pc, such as Utorrent, a http server, ftp, etc.

In my example I will focus on a few programs that require a specialized port to be open, in order for the application to run well. The first that you are going to want to do is open a web browser and locate the default gateway screen for you 2 wire router. You can usually locate the default gateway screen at ip, but if you for some reason have changed your router's default gateway, then use that ip address.

If you have forgotten what your default gateway ip address is, then open command prompt and type in "ipconfig", then look for the ip that is next to Default Gateway. If you are using linux, then open a terminal window as root or su, then type in ifconfig, and then look for gateway. After you have accessed the 2wire default gateway screen you should have a window that appears similar to the one below. Once you have accessed your default gateway screen for your router, you will then want to click on the firewall tab at the top of the screen. After the firewall summary screen opens, you will then click on the firewall settings tabs to begin setting up an open port on your 2wire dsl router.

Once the firewall setting screen opens you can then add an open port to your specific pc. Under step 2 you will see a list of predefined applications that have already been created for certain video games, servers and telephony (VoIP) services. Since in my example we are opening a port for Utorrent, we are going to manually configure port forwarding for one of my pc's. To be opening a port for Utorrent, click on "add new user-defined application" you can find the link just below the list on the left side of the screen.

Once you click on add new user-defined application, you should have a window that resembles the one below. Within this window you should now be able to enter a name for the application that you are opening a port for. Underneath the application name, you know have the choice of either tcp or udp, and then you would enter a port number or a port range that you want to open up.

For security reasons, you should only open one port, unless the application specifies otherwise. The more ports that you have open on you router, the more doorways you open for hackers and viruses to enter your home network. Since we are opening a port for Utorrent, you are going to want to click on the tcp box and then enter the port number that Utorrent gives you, in my example I am opening up port number 51225. After you have entered you port number, click the add definition button. Once you have added the definition, you are going to then click on the back button.

After you have clicked the back button, you should now be at the edit firewall settings screen. All you have to do now is select your computer from the list that is listed After you have selected the computer that Utorrent will be hosted on, all you have to do is find the recently created user defined definition from the list under number 2. After you have located the Utorrent port forwarding application simply click on the add button, which should assign the Utorrent port forwarding application to your computer. After you have completed the above steps, you should be all set; now your Utorrent program should download and upload at a faster speed.

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