In this post, you will learn how to enable UPnP on AT&T router and how to connect different types of network devices so you can easily share across all of them.
If your router’s current workflow uses DSL or 2Wire, you can easily configure everything in the web-based control panel but you can’t use the UPnP features. Let’s learn how to enable it.
Using an Ethernet cable, connect your wireless router to your personal computer and access your modem’s control panel. You can log in to the control panel using the default credentials to locate the “Home Network” tab. Simply select the “Access Shared Files” enable it.
If you’re having difficulties connecting your modem to your PC or accessing the router’s control panel, we’re going to provide you with a detailed step-by-step tutorial next.
But first, let’s learn more about UPnP and how it works on ATT routers.
UPnP stands for Universal Plug and Play, and it allows direct data sharing across all devices involved in the network workflow.
This can only be possible if your router is AT&T 2Wire, which means that it can function as DSL as well as UPnP.
Note that if your router is an older model, it might not support this feature and you won’t be able to find it in the control panel.
In that regard, we recommend checking in Google if your specific model supports UPnP and if it does, next we will take a look at the steps to enable it.
For this guide, we’ve used a Windows operating system and the tutorial is designed for it. Other operating systems have different ways to navigate and we highly recommend using a Windows OS.
Note: You can even use a virtual machine on your non-Windows device and should work as intended.
Take a proven-to-work Ethernet cable, and connect one end to one of the yellow ports of your modem and the other end in your PC LWAN card or motherboard (depends on the hardware).
Important: You should have an Ethernet cable connected to the blue input of your modem and a separate Ethernet cable to connect the router to the PC via the yellow port.
To enter your router’s control panel you will need to perform a series of actions and the device you’re reaching in with should be connected either directly using an Ethernet cable or to WiFi.
In our first step, you’ve learned how to connect directly but this approach does not work for you you can always connect to the router’s WiFi.
Here is a step-by-step guide to entering your router’s control panel:
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
- Then type “cmd” in the search field.
- When the command prompt appears, right-click on it and select “Run as administrator”.
- Next type “ipconfig” and press Enter.
- A list of IPs will appear and you need to copy the Default Gateway.
- To copy a text inside the CMD you need to highlight it with your cursor and press Enter.
- Next, open your browser (preferably Google Chrome) and paste the Default Gateway in the search field. Click Enter.
- Lastly, enter the default login credentials (admin/admin).
The default gateway should look like this: 184.108.40.206
Note: If the default log-in credentials cannot log you in, simply call your internet supplier and request the login info.
Now when you’re inside, let’s see what to do next.
Locate the “Home Network” tab in your router’s control panel. Keep in mind that different router models have different menus and most of them keep the UPnP settings in a tab labeled either “More Functions” or “Advanced Features”.
If you can’t find it, simply press CTRL + F and type in the search field “UPnP”. With the keyword inside the search tool, simply go through all tabs in the menu until it appears somewhere.
In order to enable the UPnP, you should be looking for a toggle or an empty box that you need to check in.
Note: The UPnP feature might enable but that does not mean that it is working. If this is the case simply disable it and re-enable it.
This is how to enable UPnP on AT&T Uverse router and if you have any difficulties, or something does not work, down below are the few possible reasons that could be happening.
If UPnP does not work properly you will definitely receive a notification in your Network settings console (in the router control panel). The error should alert something like this:
“UPnP Not Successful”
If you see this error there is only one possible reason. Your router’s firmware is outdated.
Go back to step #2 to learn how to enter your router’s control panel and once inside, navigate where the Update tab is.
From there find “Scan/search for update” and if there is available firmware do not hesitate to download and install now.
Note: If you’re having difficulties navigating through your router’s control panel, simply search online for your specific model.
If the error is still there, you might want to restart both your PC and modem. More specifically you would want to perform a power cycle to ensure a clean services boot.
The power cycle can be done by unplugging all devices from the power source (wall outlet) and waiting for 3 to 5 minutes.
Then reconnect everything, enter your router’s control panel from step #2, and disable > re-enable your DPnP settings.
Lastly, check for the error, and if it’s there, reach out to your internet supplier and share everything you’ve tried so far. With a little luck, they will find the reason and get it fixed in no time.
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We hope that now you know how to enable UPnP on AT&T router and most importantly do it the right way. In case you’re still experiencing issues you might have a faulty router component.
You can justify that by calling your internet supplier, which would be the best approach in cases like yours. We wish you good luck either way and a successful operation.
If you’re interested in more posts related to router configuration and how features work, feel free to check our tech blog to find solutions for any device in your smart home.
Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.