Setting up port range triggering on your Valet hotspot or Linksys Wireless-N router

Port range triggering is one of the features you can set up on your Valet Hotspot or Linksys Wireless-N router. It watches outgoing data for specific port numbers. The IP address of the computer that sends the matching data is remembered by the router. When the requested data returns through the router, the data is pulled back to the proper computer by way for IP address and port mapping rules.

NOTE: Cisco Valet is currently available only in the US and Canada only. The Linksys E2100L is only available in the US.

This article will help you on when and how to configure port range triggering in your router’s web-based setup page. To know how, follow these instructions:

i. Scenarios that require port range triggering
ii. Things to do before you begin
iii. Setting up port range triggering

Scenarios that require port range triggering

• You are having difficulties connecting or staying connected to the online features and services on your Wii™, Xbox 360 ® or PlayStation ® 3 game console.

• You have multiple game consoles of the same type and would like to share a single Internet connection for online gaming.

• You are having difficulties establishing a secure or Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection between your home and office.

• You have multiple devices or computers that use the same ports to transmit and receive data over the Internet.

Things to do before you begin

• Consult your device’s documentation or online support site to find out what ports you need to trigger for your device as they differ depending on the application being used.

• If you are a DSL Internet subscriber , your DSL modem should be set to bridge mode . Consult your modem’s documentation or online help for instructions, or contact the company that provides your Internet connection and request that your modem be set to bridge mode.

NOTE: If you are unsure of your Internet connection type, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) .

Setting up port range triggering

In this example, the ports for the PlayStation ® 3 game console will be triggered to allow the use of a USB or Bluetooth headset for online chat and gaming

NOTE: For instructions on how to setup an Xbox 360 ® behind a Linksys router using Port Forwarding, click here .

Below is the list of ports obtained from the Sony PlayStation ® 3 online support site:

Default USB or Bluetooth Headsets PlayStation ports:

TCP Port: 80
UDP Ports: 6000 – 7000 , 10070 , 50000

Step 1:
Access your router’s web-based setup page. To know how, click here . If you’re using a Mac computer, click here .

Step 2:
Click the Applications & Gaming tab and then click on the Port Range Triggering sub-tab.

Step 3:
Under the Application Name column, enter “ps3headset” for each of the lines that you’ll be working on.

NOTE: You may enter a different name if you like. In this example, a total of four (4) ps3headset lines are allocated.

Step 4:
Enter the port numbers obtained on the list above.

NOTE: In this step, completing each field entry starts from left to right.

ps3headset line 1 – Enter the first value which is port 80 . Since this is just a single port, repeat this value in all four fields under both Triggered Range and Forwarded Range columns.
ps3headset line 2 – The next port value has a range between ports 6000 – 7000 . So, enter 6000 in the first field and 7000 in the second field, under both Triggered Range and Forwarded Range columns.
ps3headset line 3 – Enter the next value which is 10070 . Since it’s a single port, repeat this value in all four fields under both Triggered Range and Forwarded Range columns.
ps3headset line 4 – Enter and repeat the last value which is 50000 in all four fields under both Triggered Range and Forwarded Range columns as well.
Step 5:
Click on the checkboxes under the Enabled column.

The complete Port Range Triggering table should look like the screenshot below:

Step 6:
Click Save Settings .

Step 7:
Once your changes have been saved, a confirmation screen will appear. Click Continue and close your Internet browser.

You should now be able to use your USB or Bluetooth Headset without any interruptions. Follow the same instructions for your other game consoles and devices.

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