How to Open Ports in a MikroTik Router

How to Open Ports in a MikroTik Router
How to Open Ports in a MikroTik Router

Set up the Linux-based MikroTik router to protect your private network and give access to services you want to offer over the computer network. The MikroTik router has a configuration module that is based on an application and can be accessed directly through a Web browser. Use the “Winbox” program to configure the MikroTik router to forward ports.

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer on the Windows computer and click the address bar near the top of the “Windows Internet Explorer” window that appears.

Step 2

Type “http://router ip address” into the address bar, but replace “router ip address” with the IP address of the MikroTik router and press the “Enter” key.

Step 3

On the page that comes up, click the “Winbox” link. When the window pops up, click “Open,” and if asked, confirm that you want to run the “Winbox” program.

Step 4

In the “Connect to” text box of the “Winbox Loader” window that appears, type the IP address of the MikroTik router. In the “Login” box, type “admin,” and in the “Password” box, type the Administrator’s password. Click where it says “Connect.”

Step 5

Click the “IP” item on the left, then click “Firewall,” and then click the “NAT” tab in the window that comes up. Right-click an empty space and click “Add.” Click the “General” tab and type the public or Internet IP address of the MikroTik router into the “Dst Address” field. In the “Dst Port” box, type the number of the port you want to open.

Step 6

Click on the “Action” tab. Click “Action” and then “dst-nat” in the drop-down menu. In the “To Addresses” box, type the IP address of the private network to which you want the port traffic to be sent. In the “To Ports” box, write the port number you want to forward. To save the setting, click the “Apply” button and then the “OK” button.