Dlink DSL-2680 Port Forwarding Instructions

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This page will show you how to setup a port forward on the Dlink DSL-2680 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 DSL-2680 Guides

This is the port forwarding guide for the Dlink DSL-2680. We also have the following guides for the same router:

Configure your Computer to Have a Static IP Address

Port forwarding the Dlink DSL-2680 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 DSL-2680

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To get started forwarding a port you need to login to your Dlink DSL-2680 router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Dlink DSL-2680, follow our Dlink DSL-2680 Login Guide.

Forward a Port on the Dlink DSL-2680 router

Find The Port Forwarding Section of the Dlink DSL-2680

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This is the status page from your Dlink DSL-2680 router.

This guide is going to start on the Device Information page of the Dlink DSL-2680 router. To begin the port forwarding process, click the link at the top of the page labeled Advanced. Then, looking to the left, in the side bar, click Port Forwarding.

Configure the Port Forwarding section of your Dlink DSL-2680

Now to forward a port, make the following changes:

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This is the port forwarding page from your Dlink DSL-2680 router.

This is the correct page to be on in order to make a port forward. First, tick the Add button, located in the Active Port Forwarding box.

Now, in the Add Port Forwarding box, first enter the local IP address of the specific device you are forwarding these ports to. If you are unsure of how to find the computer's internal IP address, click the What is my IP Address link.

Next, in the Protocol Type drop down menu, select the type of protocol you want to use to forward these ports.

If you are forwarding a single port, enter that number in the Public Start Port box, and the Public End Port box. To forward a range of ports, enter the lowest number of the range in the Public Start Port, and the highest number of the range in the Public End Port box.

Choose the correct connection from the Connection drop down menu.

Then, click the Apply button.

Congratulations, you did it!

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the Dlink DSL-2680 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 DSL-2680 Info

Don't forget about our other Dlink DSL-2680 info that you might be interested in.

This is the port forwarding guide for the Dlink DSL-2680. We also have the following guides for the same router: