How to enable Port Forwarding on BS6425L units

Port forwarding allows you to access a device through Simplifi’s firewall when you are on a different network or location. Out of the box your Simplifi is configured to protect all devices from external access by blocking access requests at the firewall. Port forwarding allows you to specify a particular device and a port to be accessible. Some examples for using port forwarding are to access: security cameras, printers, file sharing devices, computers, or other IOT devices.

A precondition for port forwarding to work is that the address must be accessible over the internet; for example, using a cellular carrier’s static IP address SIM.

  1. Ensure you are connected to the Simplifi device either via WiFi or LAN cable
  2. Open a internet browser and enter which will work on either WiFi or LAN connection
    • Username - Simplifi
    • Password - found on the back of your device or on the label found on the packaging box
  3. Click Login > Firewall >> Port Forwards
  4. Scroll down (if needed) to the section labelled “New port forward”
  5. Under “Name” give the port forward a name. Usually use a name corresponding with the device in case you have many port forwards and wish to distinguish them easily from each other
  6. Under “Protocol” you can keep “TCP+UDP” or change it to the protocol that your device supports
  7. Under “External zone” select “wan”. This will make the device accessible over the WAN interfaces, such as cellular or USB ethernet connected to a cable modem.
  8. Under “External port” use a port that you will remember to connect to the device. Keep the port above the range 1000 and under 65535. It is not recommended to use port 80, since the web administration application uses port 80.
  9. For internal zone, select the zone it is connected to according to:
    • If the device is connected to the ethernet or main Wifi then select “lan”
    • If the device is connected to the guest Wifi then select “guest”
  1. For Internal IP Address you can either select your device in the drop down or choose custom and type in the IP address. In order to keep the device accessible it is better to have the device on a static IP address, so the port forward does not break if the device obtains a different dynamic IP address.
    • Note: It is advised to set your device to use a static IP address, if supported. Each device will have different capabilities and configuration. Consult the device’s documentation to set this up.
    • If your device does not have a static IP address, then it is advised to create a static DHCP lease for it.
  1. Under “Internal Port” you select the port that the device uses for communication. Consult the documentation of your device to obtain the port value to enter here.
  2. Click “Add”
  3. Look at the device corresponding with the name you gave it under “Port Forwards” section and ensure the “Enable” checkbox is checked.
  4. Click “Save”
  5. Test the connectivity of your device and application on a different network from your Simplifi. For example, by using your cell phone on the cell phone network and that is not using the Wifi provided by the Simplifi.