Port Forwarding the TP-Link TD-8616 Router for FTP


What is Port Forwarding?

If you don't know what Port Forwarding is yet, you might want to start by reading our What is Port Forwarding guide.

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Before Forwarding a Port Setup a Static IP Address

To setup port forwarding on the TP-Link TD-8616 router your computer needs to have a static IP address. You should complete one of the following steps first:


Now that you have setup a Static IP Address on your computer, please enter the IP address that you assigned to your computer here:

Don't Skip This Step!

Login to the TP-Link TD-8616 Router

Now we need to know your routers IP address. You can find it a variety of ways.

How To Find Your TP-Link TD-8616 Router IP Address

It's ok if you don't know your TP-Link TD-8616 router's internal IP address. You can find it by doing one of the following:

Login To The TP-Link TD-8616 Router Using Your Web Browser

Open a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox. Enter the internal IP address of your router in the address bar of your browser.

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In the picture above the address bar has http://www.google.com in it. Just replace all of that with the internal IP address of your TP-Link TD-8616 router. By default the IP address should be set to 192.168.1.1.

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You should see a box prompting you for your username and password. Enter your username and password now.

The Default TP-Link TD-8616 Router Username is: admin

The Default TP-Link TD-8616 Router Password is: admin


Click the Ok button to log in to your TP-Link TD-8616 router.


Default Usernames and Passwords for other TP-Link Routers

Please visit our Default TP-Link Router Passwords page if the username and password shown below did not work for you.

If you can't login to your router because you forgot your TP-Link TD-8616 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your TP-Link TD-8616 router back to its factory settings.


How to Port Forward FTP on the TP-Link TD-8616


Having trouble forwarding ports on the TP-Link TD-8616?

If you are having trouble with this guide, then perhaps PFConfig may be your solution. PFConfig is a software tool that will automatically forward ports for your TP-Link TD-8616 router to save you time and hassle.

TP-Link TD-8616 Router Port Forwarding Screenshots

Now that you are logged in to your TP-Link TD-8616 router you should see the following:

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Click the Advanced Setup link near the top of the page.

You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click NAT.

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Click the Virtual Server link near the center of the page.

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Forward Ports 21 on the TP-Link TD-8616

We will list a series of lines here that will show you exactly how to forward the ports you need to forward. FTP requires you to forward the 21 ports. Go ahead and enter the settings shown above into the Virtual Server menu and then click Save.

Rule Index :
Application :
Protocol :
Start Port Number :
End Port Number :
Local IP Address :

And that is it! You are done!


Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports for FTP on the TP-Link TD-8616 you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.

To test if your port has been properly forwarded, you can use our Open Port Check tool. Our Open Port Check tool is the only online port checking tool with Guaranteed Results.

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