How to Enable Upnp on an Asus, NETGEAR, Linksys, D-link, Huawei, ASUS, TP-Link, Google Nest Wifi, and Google Fiber are among the router that supports UPnP.
How to Use UPnP on a Router
You must activate UPnP on your router according to its instructions. Regardless of the router brand, the first step is to log in as the administrator.
Depending on your router, the following might apply:
Since most routers keep the UPnP setting in a similar spot, you probably only need to tweak these instructions a little to make them work if you don’t see your router brand below.
How to Enable Upnp on an Asus Router?
- The WAN option can be found in the Advanced Settings section.
- Select the Enable UPnP box next to Internet Connection on some routers. On some routers, you’ll find a UPnP tab on this step, and then click Enable.
- Select Apply.
Here’s how to Enable Upnp on an Asus Router.
- Log in using the NETGEAR password list in ADVANCED > Advanced Setup > UPnP.
- Turn UPnP on by selecting the checkbox next to it.
- You have two options to choose from:
- Advertising Period: Type in the advertisement duration in minutes, from 1 to 1440 (24 hours). UPnP broadcast frequency is controlled by this setting. A 30-minute period is the default. If you want to reduce network traffic, choose a shorter period to ensure control points are receiving current device status.
- The advertising time to live is entered in hops/steps from 1 to 255. It is set to 4 hops by default. If devices are not communicating correctly, increase this value.
- Select Apply.
There are NETGEAR routers that store the UPnP option elsewhere, such as the Nighthawk M1. You can check a box under UPnP settings under Advanced Settings > Other.
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- The Administration should be chosen from the top. Select the settings/gear icon first if you don’t know the IP address or login details. Refer to the Linksys Default Password List if you don’t know the IP address or login details.
- On the UPnP line, click Enable or Enabled. Verify that you are in the Management submenu if you don’t see it.
- Save settings or click OK. You may need to manually reboot the router if you do not see any of those options.
- You can find the list of default passwords for D-Link routers in the ADVANCED tab at the top.
- From the left side, choose ADVANCED NETWORK, or UPNP SETTING, if that’s what you see.
- Check the Enable UPnP box on the right side of the UPNP or UPNP SETTINGS section.
- Select the Save Settings option.
There are some D-Link routers in which following those steps will not work. Instead, click the Miscellaneous tab and choose the Miscellaneous option. To enable UPnP settings, select Enabled from the left-hand menu, then click Apply and Continue (or Yes or OK) to save.
- Open More Functions from the menu after you sign in to the router.
- Then select UPnP from the submenu under Network Settings.
- You can turn on UPnP by selecting the button next to it on the right side.
UPnP may require different steps depending on the Huawei router. Try one of these directions instead if the above doesn’t work for your device:
- Check the box next to UPnP under Security > UPnP, then choose Submit.
- Instead of Settings > Security > UPnP Settings, you need to select Settings > UPnP Settings.
- To enable UPnP on your network, visit Network Applications > UPnP Configuration.
- Navigate to Advanced > NAT Forwarding > UPnP. If you don’t know how to log in, you can learn how to find the router’s IP address.
- UPnP can be turned on by selecting the UPnP button.
You can also try going here: Advanced > Forwarding > UPnP > Enable if those directions do not apply to your router. You may not need to open Advanced on all TP-Link routers.
Google Nest Wifi
- From the Google Home app’s main page, tap Wi-Fi. It is available on Google Play.
- Go to the top right and click on Settings. On the following page, tap Advanced networking.
- UPnP can be accessed by tapping the button next to it.
- Sign up for Fiber.
- Navigate to the Network menu.
- Select Advanced > Ports from the menu.
- To access Universal Plug and Play, select the button next to it.
- Please press the APPLY button.
My router should be set up for UPnP. Should I do that?
UPnP is clearly beneficial. In the case of gaming consoles, it speeds up the setup process. UPnP lets the Xbox make those exceptions directly with the router, rather than entering the router settings yourself and enabling this and that port.
Also, you can use Universal Plug-and-Play when using printers and other devices that need to communicate with each other and with the internet. You’ll have to open those network ports, for example, if you use a remote access tool that uses specific network ports; UPnP simplifies this process.
Malicious software can run its malicious code more easily through your network when UPnP is enabled.
Compromise computers could, for example, send requests to your router to open a port disguised as a printer. Thus, the hacker will be able to transmit malware, steal your personal information, etc., due to the router’s response.
If an intruder takes advantage of this mechanism, allowing specific ports a la carte is convenient, but less safe. UPnP exposes you to a DDoS attack as well.
It’s possible to manually forward ports on your router if you’re concerned about these things and willing to give up convenience for security. The process isn’t as straightforward as just ticking a box on your router, but since you’re already there to check if UPnP is turned on, you might as well set up port forwards manually while you’re there.