How to Activate Nighthawk Router Port Forwarding?

How to Activate Nighthawk Router Port Forwarding?

There are a lot of features that Netgear Nighthawk WiFi router provides to users. One of the features is Nighthawk router port forwarding.

The port forwarding helps to connect the internet devices on a single local area network easily.

To setup router port forwarding rules, you just have to follow simple and easy steps given down here. So, why you are waiting let’s dive in to it.

Note: If you setup port forwarding for the router in past, then you can edit the rules by following same instruction given down here.

Enabling Netgear Port Forwarding Rules

You can easily edit or activate port forwarding with the help of Netgear Nighthawk router interface. So, at first get access to the interface.

Access Router Interface

To reach the Netgear Nighthawk login interface, you have to use your computer and connect it to the router with the help of the LAN cable. Then, follow simple steps down here.

  • You have to find and open an updated web browser in your computer.
  • Now, search the login URL or you also can use IP
  • The interface login page will load on the screen.
  • Here you have to enter the login credentials.
  • Just type in the credentials and reach the interface.

Now, you must apply some more instructions to reach the port forwarding rules tab and enable it, which are given in next section of the blog.

Edit Port Forwarding Rules

  • After reaching the interface, you have to select ADVANCED settings on the side bar.
  • Here, you have to select the RADIO button next to the service name.
  • Then, go to the EDIT SERVICES tab to edit the ports.
  • A custom service screen displays, where you have to specify changes to settings.

Port Forwarding Settings

Port Forwarding Settings

  • You have to type the service name.
  • Enter the type of service (if unsure then select TCP/UDP).
  • For single port, just enter same port number in the EXTERNAL ENDING PORT.
  • For more than one port, you have to enter the ending port number in the EXTERNAL ENDING PORT.
  • Select ‘USE THE SAME PORT RANGE FOR INTERNAL PORT’ for the internal ports.
  • To ‘Internal IP address’, you have to type the IP address in the INTERNAL IP ADDRESS field.

To save all the changes you have to click on the APPLY button given at the bottom of the computer screen.

  • You must use the computer or laptop (web browser) to setup Nighthawk router port forwarding, because Nighthawk app does not support it.
  • Use the updated browser to reach the interface with the help of URL or IP address

You can update the web browser by going to its SETTINGS, then select ABOUT, and clicking on the UPDATE button.


Here we have adding a few conclusion lines at last, where you have learned how to access the interface of the router. Then, we discussed some instructions to edit and enable the Netgear Nighthawk router port forwarding rules easily. At the end, you went through a small note, in which you have learned a few tips.

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