BT Home Hub 2 Port Forwarding



1.Open up the BT Home Hub 2 Router management portal

BT Home Hub 2 Router IP Address: http://192.168.1.254 Open link


(Make sure you're connected to your home network to do this)

2.Login to admin panel of BT Home Hub 2 router to setup port forward

Once the page loads, login to the admin panel of BT Home Hub 2 router by copy-pasting the default username and password (given below) in the dialog box that pops up:


Default username of BT Home Hub 2: admin COPY
Default password of BT Home Hub 2: password COPY

Do not panic if the login credentials fail. You can easily reset the BT Home Hub 2 router by pressing and holding the reset button with a clip for about 15 seconds. Retry the credentials again and voila, you are in. Give yourself a pat on the back, you have completed the hardest steps without any hassle on your BT Home Hub 2 Router.

3.Assign a static IP address to your gaming console / laptop / end-device

By default, every time your gaming console reboots it gets a new local IP. So, the first step is to assign a FIXED IP / Static IP address to the device that is requesting a port forward from BT Home Hub 2 Router.

Navigate through the router's admin panel and look for "DHCP Reservations", Click on DHCP Reservations and assign a static local ip address for your gaming console or end-device and make a note a note of the ip address.

4.Navigate to the port forwarding section of BT Home Hub 2 router

If you have followed me so far, you are now staring at the BT Home Hub 2 router’s homepage. Here's what you do next:

Steps:

  1. Look for - Settings (found in the menu bar at the top of the page) , and click on it
  2. Look for - Advanced settings (found in the left hand side menu bar) , and click on it
  3. Look for - Continue to Advanced settings (found in the center of the screen) , and click on it
  4. Look for - Application Sharing (found in the menu bar at the top of the page) , and click on it
  5. Look for - Supported Applications , and click on it
  6. Look for - Add new game, and click on it

Quick tip: Port forwarding for dummies

When you move in to a new apartment, you need a new mailbox fixed so you can receive mail and your monthly beauty magazines. Similarly, for your device to receive incoming traffic, you will have to create a new port forwarding rule on your BT Home Hub 2 Router. That is going to be our very last step. Stick with me now, you've done great so far, Better yet ⭐ Bookmark this page, it always helps.

5.Create port forwarding rule on your BT Home Hub 2 router

Follow the below steps, (the steps might slightly vary based on your model)

  1. Click on "Add New" / "Create" buttons to create a new port forwarding rule on BT Home Hub 2 Router
  2. Application name / Description: Enter the name of the program. Eg. Xbox, ps2, Minecraft, Xbox One. Note: This is only for your reference.
  3. Enter the static ip address of the device that we created in step 3 of this guide
  4. Enter the port to forward. (Enter the same port if you don’t have a range)
  5. Choose TCP / UDP on your BT Home Hub 2 Router. (Choose both if you are not sure)
  6. If you see a field called “External IP addresses“ enter 0.0.0.0 in it
  7. Make sure “Enable” Checkbox is selected if available on your BT Home Hub 2 Router
  8. Click Save when you are finished
And that's it. You have successfully enabled port forwarding on your BT Home Hub 2 Router. Let's go ahead and perform a few tests to ensure we haven't goofed up.

6.Testing the port forwarding entries on your BT Home Hub 2 router

Now that you have created a port forward on BT Home Hub 2 Router, let us test the port forwarding setup from your game server or end application.

Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off; you have now successfully setup port forwarding for your BT Home Hub 2 router. You can now host private game servers or effortlessly access your IP camera from the outside world.
Just to be safe, go ahead and bookmark this page.

7. Remember to close unused ports on BT Home Hub 2 Router

With all the modern firewalls, its absolutely safe to do port forwarding. But just keep in mind to review and close unused ports often or at least once every 6 months! on your BT Home Hub 2.

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BT Home Hub 2 Port forwarding not working ?

You tried bending your knees up, but still facing problem with Port forwarding on BT Home Hub 2? Well, there’s a reason, Wise men said “The opposite of Networking is Not Working”. So, it does take some trial and error to get it working.

Here let’s go through the common port forwarding issues and problems on BT Home Hub 2 Router and how to fix them.


1.You may be behind more than one router

More often than not, your computer connects to your home router(BT Home Hub 2) which then connects to your internet service provider's router before connecting to the internet(port forwarding through 2 routers). To find out, log in to your BT Home Hub 2 Router and check the IP address on the status page. If it is not the same as your external IP address (a quick Google search of ‘what is my IP’ should help) then your BT Home Hub 2 is not the internet facing router. If that’s the case, you may need to login to the first router and enable DMZ for the second router’s (BT Home Hub 2) IP Address.

2.Did you enable static IP on your devices that’s requesting port forward on your BT Home Hub 2 router

Yes, we're repeating a step here we know, but it's imperative you're sure. If your IP changes every time you reboot your PC/console, it means the network setting is still set to dynamic. Follow step 1 in this guide, reboot your device and confirm the IP hasn't changed. Now you're good to go. (In few cases, though the static IP is enabled correctly, a reboot may be required for proper IP recycling. Well, Reboot does work) Ofcourse, Port forwarding does work without static ip, But once you turn off your device you may lose the IP and will not receive any incoming traffic from BT Home Hub 2 Router

3.Verify that you entered correct IP Address on port forwarding in BT Home Hub 2

Log in to the Port forwarding section of your BT Home Hub 2 router and verify the IP entered is correct. First understand which end device will use this port (XBOX / PS3 / PS4 / PC / IP Camera) and enter the IP Address of that device.
Note: If your BT Home Hub 2 Router says that have you to choose your computer's name from dropdown box for the port forwarding rule instead of an IP address, make sure there are no duplicate computer names and you have chosen the right one.

4.Check the External IP addresses field in the port forwarding rule of BT Home Hub 2 Router

Check if BT Home Hub 2 Router has a field called “External IP address” in the port forwarding section. Make sure you Enter "0.0.0.0" in the External IP address fields.
External IP addresses are not entered unless you are restricting access from specific WAN addresses. You also would not enter LAN IPs or your own public IP.

5.Double check / tweak your BT Home Hub 2 Firewall settings

In this age, cyber security is of utmost importance. Some router developers are producing routers with more built-in firewall. While this is definitely a positive, some of these options could restrict incoming connections even if a port forwarding rule is set on BT Home Hub 2 Router. Thankfully we programmers are a humble lot. Routers come with excellent information on the help page and a quick glance should tell you which settings need to be modified/disabled. Usually, you can just set the firewall settings to its minimum settings on BT Home Hub 2 Router. And don’t worry, your computer will continue to be protected.

6.Check your PC Firewall settings allows incoming port traffic from BT Home Hub 2 Router

Your Windows / Mac / Linux firewall / antivirus could be blocking connections.
You need only one Antivirus and Firewall application. Make sure you turn windows firewall “ON” and that no other firewall is installed. Then try adding the ports to the firewall app, not just the program that is going to use them
If you're using a 3rd party Antivirus solution, check if it has a built-in firewall as part of the antivirus solution. A quick look at the apps homepage should give you a clue.

7. Using the same port in different port forwarding rules of the BT Home Hub 2 router

port is your home network’s doorway and can be forwarded to only one Computer/IP at a time. Ensure you didn’t type-in the same port in multiple forwarding rules on your BT Home Hub 2 Router.

8. Is DMZ Enabled on your BT Home Hub 2 router?

DMZ is an 'open all ports' rule. On most routers, this rule simply overrides port forwarding rules. You may want to disable DMZ and give it another go.

9. Reboot BT Home Hub 2 after adding port forwarding rules

Some routers, like most application, need to be rebooted after settings have been applied or changed. A simple tweak in the regular power cycling (Why am I trying to impress you? Unplug the power cord and shove it back in is all I'm saying) helps with most issues.

10. Did You Hard Reset your BT Home Hub 2 Router?

A factory reset is an easy way to uninstall unwanted mods, updates, and clear out custom settings on your BT Home Hub 2 Router. Resetting BT Home Hub 2 will set it back to its initial condition, just like it was when you bought it. Now, let’s give it another go

11. Tried everything but no luck? Time to visit the showroom.

Last but definitely not the least, your BT Home Hub 2 Router could be faulty. Although a rarity in todays 'customer satisfaction' era, it is still a possibility. There have been cases where single pieces of equipment or an entire range of models have had bugs in their firmware (programmers are human too). Your first step will be to look for a firmware update, which is likely to have a bug fix. If this doesn't help or if there's no update available, you have earned the right to barge in to your dealer's office and request for, nay, demand for a new model!

Is your home wifi secure ? Use this BT Home Hub 2 Checklist to make it bullet proof

Who needs port forwarding on BT Home Hub 2 router?

We wrote this port forwarding guide (Mac / Windows / Linux) to help you to setup,

  • Port forwarding to Xbox / Xbox one from BT Home Hub 2 router
  • Port forwarding to PS3 / PS4 from BT Home Hub 2 router
  • Port forwarding for Minecraft server on BT Home Hub 2 router
  • Port forwarding for utorrent on BT Home Hub 2 router
  • Port forwarding for IP cameras, SQL Server, FTP Server, SSH Clients, IpTables on BT Home Hub 2 router