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Configure port forwarding through a NetGear router

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Updated April 5th, 2016


This article provides steps on how to configure a Netgear © router to forward the essential ports to your Serv-U File Server.


Serv-U version 12.x +


  1. Enter the IP address of your router into your web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer or Firefox). The default IP address for Netgear © routers is
  2. Log in using the default username and password (check router documentation for default values).
  3. On the left pane, click on Port Forwarding / Port Triggering.
  4. Click Add Custom Service.

  5. In the Service Name field, specify the name of the application or service (FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, PASV etc are all good examples).
  6. In the Service Type field, select TCP.
  7. In the Starting Port field, enter the port number that should be forwarded (see KB Article #1044 for the recommended values).

  8. In the Ending Port field, enter the Starting Port if only one port will be forwarded, or the ending port in a range (when forwarding the PASV port range, this value would typically be 50004 so that all ports between 50000-50004 are forwarded).
  9. In the Server IP Address field, enter in the IP Address of the server which has Serv-U installed so that the traffic is forwarded to Serv-U.
  10. Click Apply to make the changes.


    Alternate Solution

    In the case that configuring individual port forwarding rules is not an option, most SOHO routers also include the option to place a single computer in a DMZ, or Demilitarized Zone, for the internal network. This causes all incoming requests to be routed to the computer in the DMZ. These include FTP/FTPS/SFTP/HTTP/HTTPS requests, but can potentially include harmful traffic from the internet as well. If the computer hosting Serv-U has known to be secure and is kept well-patched, navigating to the WAN Setup menu allows you to list a specific IP address on your network that will be the DMZ host and receive all unspecified incoming network traffic.


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