How to do port forwarding on Huawei E5573 router

To setup port forwarding on Huawei E5573 router, follow these steps

  1. Assign a static IP address on your end device that you want to forward ports to
  2. Open IP Address of Huawei E5573 Router
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section of Huawei E5573 Router
  4. Create port forwarding rule on your Huawei E5573 router
  5. Test the port forwarding entries on Huawei E5573 router

Detailed step-by-step explanation follows

1.Assign a static IP address on your end device

Static what?? I heard you. Let me explain. How could I call you if you keep changing your phone number every day? You need to have a fixed phone number for everyone to connect to you. Similarly, your end device (Xbox / PS4 / PC) needs a fixed IP to receive incoming traffic from Huawei E5573.

By default, every time your device reboots it gets a new IP. So, the first step is to enable a FIXED IP / Static IP address in the device that is requesting a port forward from Huawei E5573 Router. Checkout the below guide to enable static IP address.

How to setup Static IP address - great guide

2.Open IP Address of Huawei E5573 Router

Huawei E5573Router IP Address: http://192.168.8.1 Open link

Huawei E5573Router IP Address: http://192.168.9.1 Open link

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

3.Login to admin panel of Huawei E5573 router to setup port forward

Once the page loads, login to the admin panel of Huawei E5573 router by copy-pasting the default username and password (given below) in the dialogue box that pops up:
Default username of Huawei E5573: admin COPY
Default password of Huawei E5573: admin COPY

Don't panic if the login credentials fail. You can easily reset the Huawei E5573 router by pressing and holding the reset button with a clip for about 15 seconds. Retry the credentials again and voila, you're in. Give yourself a pat on the back, you've completed three steps without any hassle on your Huawei E5573 Router.

4.Navigate to the port forwarding section of Huawei E5573 router


If you've followed me so far, you are now staring at the Huawei E5573 router’s homepage. Here's what you do next:


Here's the steps:
• Look for - Settings(found in the menu bar at the top of page) , and click on it
• Look for - Security(found in the left hand side menu bar) , and click on it
• Look for - Virtual server(found in the left hand side menu bar), 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 Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 router

Follow the below steps,

  1. Click on "Add New" / "Create" buttons to create a new port forwarding rule on Huawei E5573 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 1 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 Huawei E5573 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. Be sure “Enable” Checkbox is selected if available on your Huawei E5573 Router
  8. Click on Save when you are finished
And that's it. You have successfully enabled port forwarding on your Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 router

Now that you have created a port forward on Huawei E5573 Router, lets test it. There's lot of port checkers available online. you can try online port scanners like canyouseeme

Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off, you have now successfully setup port forwarding for your Huawei E5573 router. You can now host private game servers or effortlessly access your IP camera from the outside world.
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7.Is port forwarding safe on your Huawei E5573 Router ? Really !

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 in every 6 months! on your Huawei E5573. Time for a bulletin on the fridge, folks! We can remind you though? Enter your email on below! Nope, we’re not spammers!
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Port forwarding not working on Huawei E5573?


You tried bending your knees up, but still facing problem with Port forwarding on Huawei E5573? 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 Huawei E5573 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(Huawei E5573) 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 Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 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 (Huawei E5573) IP Address.

2.Did you enable static IP on your devices that’s requesting port forward on your Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 Router

3.Verify that you entered correct IP Address on port forwarding in Huawei E5573

Log in to the Port forwarding section of your Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 Router

Check if Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 Router. And don’t worry, your computer will continue to be protected.

6.Check your PC Firewall settings allows incoming port traffic from Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 Router.

8. Is DMZ Enabled on your Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 Router?

A factory reset is an easy way to uninstall unwanted mods, updates, and clear out custom settings on your Huawei E5573 Router. Resetting Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 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 Huawei E5573 Checklist to make it bullet proof.

Who needs port forwarding on Huawei E5573 router?

We wrote this port forwarding guide (Mac / Windows / Linux) to help you to setup,
• Port forwarding to Xbox / Xbox one from Huawei E5573 router
• Port forwarding to PS3 / PS4 from Huawei E5573 router
• Port forwarding for Minecraft server on Huawei E5573 router
• Port forwarding for utorrent on Huawei E5573 router
• Port forwarding for IP cameras, SQL Server, FTP Server, SSH Clients, IpTables on Huawei E5573 router