Imagine you’ve returned from your work. You’re very tired and want a distraction. So, you decide to play a game online. You go to your computer and try starting your favorite game. But alas! You get an error saying “Could not connect”. All your dreams of peacefully playing your favorite game shatter in a million pieces. Such a tragic story, isn’t it? But as always, we are here for your rescue to turn this sad ending into a happy one. The solution for all your problems is Asus Router Port Forwarding.
Mostly this error pops up because of the firewall of your router. Now, what is a firewall, you may ask? A firewall is a protective barrier between your router and all the other networks. So, what happens is that your router creates a LAN (Local area network) comprising of all the devices that are connected to the router. This LAN is connected to the internet i.e., WAN (Wide area network) using modem or internet box through the public IP address of the router.
So, whenever we access the internet, the public IP address of the router is accessible to the internet application and not the device’s internal IP address. A lot of games and other apps try accessing the internal IP address of the device. This is when the firewalls come in action. These firewalls block the applications from accessing the internal IP address. This is the reason why we get the error saying “Could not connect”. So, what is the solution for this? Login to asus router and setup port forwarding.
About Asus Router Port Forwarding
Again, what is port forwarding? To know the answer to this question first, let’s know something about ports. A port is a gateway through which the request can be sent and received on a specific IP address. So now, coming back to port forwarding.
The process of poking a hole into the firewall and creating a gateway for an external application to access a specific internal port of the IP address of an internal device is called port forwarding. Port forwarding will create direct access for the app to connect to your device, which will make the connection error disappear.
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Steps for Asus Router Port Forwarding
How to perform port forwarding? Here we are with the answer. We present to you the complete guide to performing Asus router port forwarding all by yourself. So, without further delay, let’s get started!
The first step is identifying the number of the port that you want to forward. Each application has a different port that you need to deliver. Use Google for knowing these port numbers.
Next, you need to identify the local IP address of your device and the default gateway of your router. For determining the local IP and gateway, go through the steps below:
- Click on the windows button, which is generally located at the bottom left corner of your screen.
- Type ‘cmd’ in the search bar. Click on the first search result i.e., “Command Prompt”. On clicking, the command prompt window will open.
- Here, type ‘ipconfig’ command and hit enter. The ipconfig command shows the IP configurations of the networks which are connected to your system.
- Search for “Local-link IPv4 address” and “Default Gateway” for asus router port forwarding. The local link IPv4 address is the local IP address of your device, and the default gateway is the address of the default gateway of your router. Note or store these addresses.Generally, the default gateway for Asus routers is 192.168.1.1.
The next step is to get into the router’s homepage by using the default gateway. Follow the steps below to get into the router’s home page:
- Open any browser you like.
- Open a new tab on the browser and type the default gateway i.e., 192.168.1.1. This will open the login page of the Asus router.
Type in your username and password and login to your router. This will take you to the homepage of the Asus router.
Once you get into your router, search for the WAN tab. Click on it. The WAN page will open. Select the “Virtual Server/Port Forwarding” tab.
Next, in the primary config section, in the enable port forwarding tab, select “yes.”
Now, click on the “+” icon in the “Add/Delete” column.
Enter the service name. Now in the “Port Range” and “Local Port” column, add the port number of the port you want to forward (The one that you identified in step 1).
In the “Protocol” column, select the type of protocol you want.
Next, for the “Local IP” column, provide the local-link IPv4 address (The one that you identified in step 2).
Then, click on the “+” icon again and later click “Apply.”
That’s all! You have successfully port forwarded on your device. This will eradicate the error from your system, and now you can peacefully play your game without any interruptions. We hope our attempt was enough for you to perform asus router port forwarding on your own. Also, don’t forget to drop your feedback which will help us improve and bring an even better version of this and many other articles for you. Thank you, and happy gaming! Adios until next time.
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