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GWN7052(F)/GWN7062 UPnP Configuration Guide


Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is a standard that uses Internet and Web protocols to enable devices such as PCs, mobiles, tablets, and intelligent appliances to be plugged into a network and automatically know about each other. With UPnP, when a user plugs a device into the network, the device will configure itself, acquire a TCP/IP address, and use a discovery protocol based on HTTP to announce its presence on the network to other devices. For instance, if you had a camera and a printer connected to the network and needed to print out a photograph, you could press a button on the camera and have the camera send a “discover” request asking if there were any printers on the network. The printer would identify itself and send its location in the form of a universal resource locator (URL).

GWN7052(F)/GWN7062 supports UPnP that enables programs running on a host to configure automatically port forwarding. UPnP allows a program to make the GWN7062/GWN7052 to open necessary ports, without any intervention from the user, without making any check.

UPnP Diagram
UPnP Diagram


UPnP settings can be accessed from GWN7052(F)/GWN7062 WebGUI → External Access → UPnP Settings. Refer to the below Screenshot for UPnP settings.


In order for UPnP Port Forwarding to work, the following prerequisites must be met:

  • The router must have support for UPnP Port Forward, and it must be enabled in the router: in our case, GWN7052(F)/GWN7062 models support the UPnP feature.
  • The program or device which requires the Port Forward must have support for UPnP Port Forward so that it can tell the router about the Port Forwards it wants.

UPnP Configuration menu
UPnP Configuration menu

The below steps will allow us to enable the UPnP feature on our GWN7052(F)/GWN7062 router :

  1. Activate the UPnP feature, after activation, devices in the LAN can request the router to do port forwarding automatically.
  2. Select the WAN interface to allow external connection to resources that enable UPnP using the “ Interface” field.
  3. Select the Destination group to where the port forwarding will be automatically transferred.

Once this UPnP is enabled, port forwarding of any connected device to the router will be done automatically, and any automatic rules created will be displayed in the UPnP Port forward rules above.


Enabling UPnP on your router can pose a significant security risk by allowing incoming traffic from the internet to bypass your firewall and reach devices on your network. This can potentially be exploited by hackers to gain access to your devices and compromise sensitive data. It is recommended to disable UPnP unless absolutely necessary and to take caution when allowing devices and services to use UPnP.

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