How Do I Check If Port 3389 is Open?

Port 3389 is opened by default for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), providing bi-directional communication and control of a remote computer.

Unfortunately, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) listening ports can become a target of hackers and other forms of cybercrime. To reduce attacks, many administrators utilize changing RDP listening port settings as a strategy – this article will demonstrate how.

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1. Ping

Ping is a command-line tool used for sending out requests to other devices in your network or over the Internet, providing information on whether they’re available, experiencing technical difficulties or taking too long for requests to reach their destinations – an essential performance indicator in web applications.

Ping can be easily used on any Windows computer; simply open up a Command Prompt window and type “ping”. It will return a series of results, such as how long (in milliseconds) it took the ping to finish; size of packet; and time-to-live (TTL), which indicates how long ping had lived before reaching its destination.

The Ping tool comes equipped with various switches that let you specify its behavior; however, for most common troubleshooting tasks you won’t require them. Furthermore, Ping is also great for testing the speed of your internet connection since this command works on both wired and wireless connections.

Ping can also help pinpoint the source of connection issues. When one fails, that typically indicates your router is having difficulty reaching its target or that there is some other issue in its routing scheme; or it could point towards misconfiguration on your computer’s end which prevents it from connecting to remote devices or web servers.

Ping can be found in all versions of Windows as well as most Linux distributions and some macOS editions. In addition to Command Prompt usage, it may also appear within Advanced Startup Options or System Recovery Options repair/recovery menus on some versions of Windows; further information about Ping is also available via Microsoft Knowledge Base.

2. Telnet

Port 3389 is used by remote desktop software to connect to host computers through secure tunnels that encrypt their connection. While most remote connections are legitimate and authorized by physical machine owners, these ports remain vulnerable to attack; port 3389 vulnerabilities demonstrate the risks and difficulties involved with providing secure remote access; hackers could exploit these ports to gain entry to enterprise computing resources.

Port 3389 can be easily checked using the Telnet command-line interface. A session begins when a user types “telnet,” the remote computer’s name or IP address and waits for their connection to be completed. In addition to checking whether RDP port 3389 is open, Telnet is also capable of performing other tasks like editing files and running programs as well as connecting to servers which provide public data such as weather forecasts or sports scores.

To verify whether or not the Remote Desktop Protocol port on your computer is open, type “telnet” into the search box in the upper-right corner of Windows screen and click on its associated icon to activate or deactivate features – make sure that “Telnet Client” box is checked, before closing down window.

Option 2 is using an external Telnet program to access the Terminal Server and one or more of its ports; should that fail, there may be DNS/WINS resolution issues preventing you from doing this successfully.

Another way of verifying whether an RDP port is open is through the use of command line tools such as Netstat or Network Mapper, which scan the local computer or network and list open ports they encounter; they can also show you how many connections have come and gone for specific ports, or find out the number of incoming and outgoing connections for that port. Online solutions like PortScanner and Vulnerability Scanner also exist to detect open, closed or filtered ports.


ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) is an OSI network layer protocol used by network routers and other devices for troubleshooting, control and error message services as well as providing the basis of many popular diagnostic tools such as ping and traceroute.

ICMP serves two primary roles. First, it reports errors that arise during packet transmissions; for instance if an excessively large packet cannot be transmitted successfully by network devices it will send an ICMP error message back to its source. Furthermore, network administrators can use ICMP query messages sent along a path to identify devices which slow traffic down by sending queries directly to all affected devices along its path.

ICMP stands apart from other network protocols by not including ports as indicators in its packets; rather, it uses an individual message header which includes checksum and other pertinent details about each packet being transmitted across a network. When combined together with actual packets for transmission, these unique headers form the unique identity of its contents on its journey across networks.

A major feature of ICMP is that it’s connectionless, meaning devices do not need to establish a connection with each device before sending data; TCP requires such connections before it can send any.

Ping and traceroute, two popular network management tools, utilize ICMP echo request/reply messages to test server availability remotely and to assess latency between an originating device and target server – information which can then be used to detect bottlenecks within either your WAN or local network that might be hindering performance.

To check whether ports 3389 are accessible on your computer, open up Windows Firewall in Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall and click “Advanced settings in the left pane. Make sure Remote Desktop is enabled under Inbound Rules area in Firewall settings – optionally also enable ICMP ping if any connectivity problems arise with Remote Desktop configuration.


SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a network protocol used to monitor the status of hardware. As a network administration tool, it enables users to remotely configure network devices and collect data from them using standard message formats for collecting this information. By employing this monitoring protocol in their network monitoring tools, users are better equipped to identify any potential issues early and intervene before they become critical issues.

Keep your servers protected by closing all ports outside of your network, even if it means leaving ports open. Hackers and malicious clients could exploit open ports to gain access to key information on the server and exploit that information for malicious use. In order to close an open port, first identify which ones are exposed on the Internet before determining if they’re secure – this is why open port checker programs are such useful tools.

Shodan offers a free service for checking the availability of public devices on your server, making it the go-to search engine for finding open ports. Simply type “port 3389” in the search bar to begin your search; results may differ depending on how your account has been configured – such as product, state and version filtering capabilities.

Windows provides a utility to monitor the status of ports in your computer. To use it, start a Command Prompt window as an administrator and type in “netstat -ab” without the quotes; press Enter; this will display various system information including TCP and UDP ports, routing table information, interface details and any ports listed as “LISTENING” as open.

If you are uncertain whether your Windows firewall is blocking port 3389, to check its configuration simply open up the Security and Privacy icon of Control Panel > Security & Privacy > Firewall Options, which opens a list of apps/services which have been set to either permit or block incoming connections – if RDP port 3389 was set as “Allow incoming connections”, there will be a green dot with “Allow Incoming Connections”.