Friday, September 9, 2011

How to Configure Firewall on a Belkin Router

The article intends to describe the method of configuring the built-in firewall protection on a Belkin router. The method compiled here is simple and correct until date. It is still recommended that users follow the instructions carefully to avoid facing problems. This will also save them time and money that would otherwise be spent on contacting Belkin router support for help.

Belkin routers due to their great signal strength and security features are an excellent choice for wireless connections. The built-in firewall enables you to allow or refuse accessibility to specific programs, functions, and ports among others. The firewall doesn’t only protect your wireless connection from unauthorized access or virus infections but also allow certain features or functionalities like port forwarding to run on your computer. Though configuring firewall is quite easy in a Belkin router, you might find it cumbersome to proceed. Don’t worry! The below mentioned guide will enable you to self-configure the router firewall without the help of Belkin technical support.

Instructions:

If your computer is a wireless connection and this is the only computer you have in the house, then make it a wired connection using the Ethernet cable. Plug one end of the cable into the computer and other into any of the 4 LAN ports located at the back of the router. If you have more than one computer, then use one of them as a wired connection to perform these steps.
Connect to the internet if you aren’t connected automatically. Open your internet browser like Internet Explorer etc. and type ‘http://192.168.2.1’ (without quotes and as is) in its address bar. Press the Enter key on the keyboard to proceed.

When the login screen comes up, enter the password and click on the Submit button. Check your router documents for credentials. If you never changed your password, then leave the password box blank. This is because the Belkin routers are shipped without any password.

When logged into the router setup utility, navigate to the Firewall option on the left hand side pane on the window. Check the status. If it is disabled, click on the Enable button to activate the firewall. Click on the Apply Changes button to save the settings. Exit router’s interface. Your wireless connection is fully protected now.

Disconnect the Ethernet cable if you want to use wireless connection on that particular computer. Enjoy the secured and protected internet connectivity. You can also disable the firewall using the same procedure.
If you want to configure the firewall for port forwarding, then follow this procedure. You must have the IP (internet protocol) address pertaining to the computer you desire to forward the port to and the port numbers (UDP or TCP). Login to the router’s setup utility (configuration page) using the abovementioned procedure. Browse to the Firewall option (as mentioned above) and click on Virtual Services.

Type a name of the application (like remote connection etc.) in the Description box, enter the intended port numbers, and choose TCP or UDP from the dropdown menu. Enter the intended IP address pertaining to the computer you desire to allow access to. Type the intended port numbers for Private port. When done, click on the Apply Changes button. Exit the interface screen.

Additional Tips:

The router’s firewall can be enabled or disabled for port forwarding, active server client, and wireless connection among other things.

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