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Title: Setting up Port Range Triggering on your Linksys Wi-Fi Router

Article ID: 21486

Linksys routers have a built-in firewall to prevent malicious programs or hackers from entering your network and accessing your computer files.  Since this firewall has been set to prevent most programs or applications, you will have to manually configure your router’s settings to allow the programs or applications you want to use.
Such applications can be used for Xbox® or PS3™ gaming consoles.  By setting up Port Range Triggering, your gaming consoles will have access to the Internet and game servers since this feature allows the router to let specific requests from computers in your network to pass through the Internet, and vice versa without any issues. 
For you to configure such settings on your router, you must retrieve certain port numbers exclusively assigned to your gaming console.  You may contact the console’s manufacturer or refer to your Xbox® gaming console’s documentation for its specific port numbers.
Scenarios that require Port Range Triggering

These instructions below will guide you on how to set up Port Range Triggering on Linksys Wi-Fi Routers.  If you’re using a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, click here to learn how to set up Single Port Forwarding.
i.    Things to do before you begin
ii.   Setting up Port Range Triggering
Things to do before you begin

NOTE:  If you are unsure of your Internet connection type, contact your ISP.

Setting up Port Range Triggering

In this example, the ports for the PlayStation®3 game console will be triggered to allow the use of a USB or Bluetooth headset for online chat and gaming.  

Step 1:
Access your router’s web-based setup page.  To learn how, click here.  If you’re using a Mac® computer, click here.
Step 2:
Click the Applications & Gaming tab, then click the Port Range Triggering sub-tab.

Step 3:
Under the Application Name column, enter “ps3headset” for each of the lines that you’ll be working on.  
NOTE:  You may enter a different name if you like.  In this example, a total of four (4) ps3headset lines are allocated.

Step 4:
Enter the port numbers for your device.  In this example, we'll be triggering ports for the USB or Bluetooth headset based on the following information:

TCP Port:  80
UDP Ports:  6000 - 7000, 10070, 50000 

NOTE:  In this step, completing each field entry starts from left to right.

Step 5:
Click on the checkboxes under the Enabled column.
The complete Port Range Triggering table should look like the screenshot below:

Step 6:
Click Save Settings.
Step 7:
Once your changes have been saved, a confirmation screen will appear.  Click Continue and close your Internet browser.

 You should now be able to use your USB or Bluetooth Headset without any interruptions.  Follow the same instructions for your other game consoles and devices.
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