How to Change Firewall Settings on a Router

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Updated August 10, 2022

If you are experimenting with the security features of a wireless network, you may wonder how to change firewall settings on a router. The best routers, after all, tend to include the ability to change up all kinds of settings, including firewall settings. Why change firewall settings and how to do it? Keep reading.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • To increase internal network security or restrict inbound traffic or outgoing traffic, you should check in on your router’s firewall settings from time to time and make necessary adjustments.
  • This process begins by accessing the router’s settings page or control panel, which can typically be found by entering the public IP address into an Internet browser on connected devices.
  • Once you are on the settings page, look for anything that addresses the firewall. Firewall rules and settings are complex and are typically given their own dedicated page.

Why Change Firewall Settings on a Router?

The primary reason to change up the firewall settings of a router is to increase network security and overall safety while using the Internet. This also can mean deleting a WiFi network from a router or disabling UPnP, especially if you suspect a security breach. Another reason is to ensure that devices you frequent can secure a connection, such as when you are learning how to set up a router for gaming or checking what ports are open on a router.

How to Setup a Firewall on a Router

The process here differs depending on the make and model of your router, but the general idea is not dissimilar to learning how to set up DD-WRT on a router or performing related settings adjustments. With that said, we have kept these guidelines as universal as possible.

Insider Tip

You can access this settings page to make firewall changes on your home network or remotely.

STEP 1

The first thing you need to do is check on your network connection. Make sure the router is plugged into the modem via ethernet cable and that both devices are transmitting a strong and reliable Internet connection. You may want to test the waters by connecting via a mobile device or two.

STEP 2

Next, you need to access the router’s admin control panel or dedicated settings page. Unfortunately, this process differs depending on your router, so check the instructions or perform a quick web search.

STEP 3

In the vast majority of cases, you can access these settings by inputting the router’s public IP address (static IP address) into the address bar of a web browser. Though, in some cases, you may have to use a mobile app or official firmware.

STEP 4

Look through the settings page or admin panel for anything related to the firewall. Firewall-related settings are typically given their own page or section. Once you find this page, peruse the options and make the necessary changes. In addition to making changes, you can also enable or disable the firewall entirely. Be sure to accept the changes and save them after you are done.

F.A.Q.S

How do I configure my model of router?

This depends on your individual router, though the process typically starts on the settings page. On this page, you can change inbound traffic permissions, port forwarding settings, access control lists, and router firewall settings.


How do I disable advanced security on Comcast?

To disable advanced security measures on a Comcast router, including the router firewall, input the IP address into a browser window and follow the prompts. Once in the settings, you can also switch up port forwarding, parental controls, security level controls, and more.


Where to find your model number?

Your model number, default passwords, network name, and a default setting or two are found on the exterior of the router. This is sticker is paced by the router manufacturer.



STAT: Higher security from a firewall can block functions you might use, such as peer-to-peer applications, like Skype or Spotify. (source)

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