Activating the IPv4 firewall on your modem is optional. When the firewall is enabled, the security of your network is enhanced, but some network functionality will be lost.
NOTE: Depending on your model, your modem's user interface may appear slightly different from the images below.
1. Connect a device, such as a computer or tablet, to the internet through WiFi or using an Ethernet cable connected to your modem.
2. Open a web browser and type http://192.168.0.1 into the web address field.
3. Log in to the modem's settings interface (Modem GUI) using your Admin Username and Admin Password. Note that these are different from your wireless network name (SSID) and WiFi password (security key).
You can find the Admin Username and Password printed on the sticker attached to the side, back or bottom of the modem.
CAUTION! Do not remove or lose your modem sticker, which includes your default admin username and password. These preset credentials cannot be retrieved, and your modem could become unusable without them.
The modem sticker shows you TWO important sets of login credentials. How do you use each one?
SSID and key/wireless password: Used to access and connect to your WiFi network
SSID is the name that will show up on your devices in the list of wireless networks (may have two for dual-band modem/routers)
Key/Wireless Password is the password you will enter on your devices to connect securely to your network
These default settings can also be customized in the modem settings or through the app
Admin username and admin password: Used to log in to your modem settings portal
Access secure settings such as firmware updates, WiFi security, schedules, and more
When connected to your home network, go to http://192.168.0.1 to access the portal (also called the GUI)
These default settings can also be customized in the modem settings
4. Select the Advanced Setup icon in the main menu.
5. Select "IPv4 Firewall" in the left sidebar.
6. Follow the steps to set up the IPv4 firewall.
Step 1: Enable/Disable stealth mode. Do not enable stealth mode unless you fully understand the impact.
Step 2: Set the IP address or addressing type to which the firewall will apply.
Step 3: Set the firewall security level.
Step 4: Check/uncheck selections in the firewall table to allow or block different kinds of incoming and outgoing traffic.
Step 5: When you're finished modifying the rules, click "Apply" to save your changes.
About "Stealth Mode": Stealth mode prevents the router from responding to probing requests. The router will still answer incoming requests for authorized apps. Unexpected requests, such as ICMP (ping) are ignored. Do not enable Stealth Mode unless you understand the technical impacts.