Dlink DIR-868L Port Forwarding Instructions

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This page will show you how to setup a port forward on the Dlink DIR-868L router.

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If you are not sure what port forwarding is you can read our What is Port Forwarding guide to help get started.

Other Dlink DIR-868L Guides

This is the port forwarding guide for the Dlink DIR-868L. We also have the following guides for the same router:

Configure your Computer to Have a Static IP Address

Port forwarding the Dlink DIR-868L to your computer can be more reliable if you first configure a static IP address on your computer. We have instructions to setup a static IP address for Windows 7, Windows 8, and a variety of other devices on our Static IP Address Settings page.

Please note that while setting up a static IP address on your computer is optional, it is still a very good idea to go ahead and do it. In the long run it will make your port forward much more reliable.

Login To The Dlink DIR-868L

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To get started forwarding a port you need to login to your Dlink DIR-868L router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Dlink DIR-868L, follow our Dlink DIR-868L Login Guide.

Forward a Port on the Dlink DIR-868L router

Find The Port Forwarding Section of the Dlink DIR-868L

router status mac address internet IP
This is the status page from your Dlink DIR-868L router.

You begin on the Internet Connection page of the Dlink DIR-868L router. To create a port forward rule or application, click the option near the top of the page labeled Advanced. This creates a new list of choices on the left side of the page. Pick Port Forwarding from this new list.

Configure the Port Forwarding section of your Dlink DIR-868L

Now to forward a port, make the following changes:

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This is the port forwarding page from your Dlink DIR-868L router.

On this new page, first, place a check mark in the small box on the far left. This enables the following rule.

Next is the Name. It's not really important what you enter here, but something that reminds you of why you are doing this would be a great idea, such as the program name.

Under that is the IP Address. You need to enter the LAN IP address of the computer you are forwarding these ports to. If you are unsure of how to find your computer's IP address, click the following link, What is my IP Address. This is a great guide on how to find your computer's internal IP address.

Now skip over to the TCP and UDP boxes. Enter the ports you want forwarded into both of these boxes. They can be entered several ways, as a list, 21,23,24, a range, 50-100, or a combination of both, 21,30,80-100.

Use the Schedule drop down menu to choose Always.

The Inbound Filter should be set to Allow All.

Lastly, click Save Settings near the top of the page.

That's it, you did it!

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the Dlink DIR-868L you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.

To test if your ports are forwarded you should use our Open Port Check tool.

Other Dlink DIR-868L Info

Don't forget about our other Dlink DIR-868L info that you might be interested in.

This is the port forwarding guide for the Dlink DIR-868L. We also have the following guides for the same router: