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TP-Link Archer C1200 Router Port Forwarding

This guide will show you how to port forward on the TP-Link Archer C1200 router. If you are new to port forwarding please read this first.

If you have ever experienced lag while playing a game or using an application. If you keep getting dropped while playing online, you may benefit from port forwarding.

A port forward is literally forwarding a port through your router's firewall to a device you designate on your home network.

In this guide we will walk you through each of the following steps:

  1. How to setup a static IP address on the device you want these ports forwarded to.
  2. How to login to the TP-Link Archer C1200 router.
  3. How to find the port forwarding section of the router.
  4. What information to enter in your router to make a port forward.

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Step 1

It is important to setup a static ip address in the device that you are forwarding a port to. This ensures that your ports will remain open even after your device reboots.

  • Recommended - Our free program will setup a static IP address for you.
  • Or follow our Static IP Address guides to setup a static IP address.

After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.

Step 2

In order to login to the TP-Link Archer C1200 router you need to open up it's web interface. To do this:

  • Open a web browser

It doesn't matter which one, simply pick your favorite. Common options are: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

  • Find the address bar

It looks like this:
  • Replace what is in the address bar with the TP-Link Archer C1200 router IP address. (This is also sometimes referred to as a Default Gateway.)

If you have changed the router's IP address in the past and can't remember what you changed it to, you need to find out. Follow the instructions on this How To Find Your Router's IP Address page to find out.

By default the TP-Link Archer C1200 router has an IP address of:

  • Press the Enter key on your keyboard.

If all went as it should have, you see a page asking for a username and password. It looks like this:

TP-Link Archer C1200 login

This is the login page. Enter the router's username and password in the appropriate boxes. This username and password is not your WiFi username and password.

  • The Default TP-Link Archer C1200 Router Username is: admin
  • The Default TP-Link Archer C1200 Router Password is: admin

Having Trouble?

This is an extremely common place to get stuck when trying to login to the TP-Link Archer C1200 router. Here are a few things you can try:

  • First, it is a good idea to try other common TP-Link passwords. Sometimes if you have a slightly different firmware version you have a different username and/or password. Here is our list of Default TP-Link Router Passwords.
  • If you are still locked out of your router then it is because you changed the username and/or password in the past and have forgotten what you changed them to. Why not try to crack the password. We recommend using our Find Password App. It will help you find your password and username. This application will try thousands of different combinations for you. Learn more about how this works on our Router Password Cracker page.
  • Finally if you are still stuck it might be time to start thinking about resetting the TP-Link Archer C1200 router. A factory reset like this erases all settings you have changed in the past. We strongly recommend exhausting other troubleshooting methods before you continue. Learn how to reset the router on this How to Reset a Router page.

Step 3

Time to find the port forwarding section of the router. To help you find that section, you need to start on the Basic Network Map:

TP-Link Archer C1200 Basic Network Map

First, click the tab at the top labeled Advanced.

TP-Link Archer C1200 Advanced Status

Now looking in the left sidebar, click the option of NAT Forwarding.

Under that choose the new option of Virtual Servers

TP-Link Archer C1200 Virtual Servers

You should now see a page like the one seen above. Looking in the center section of the page click the green link labeled +Add

TP-Link Archer C1200 Virtual Servers Add

Step 4

Here are the ports to forward for Xbox Live:

TCP Ports:3074
UDP Ports:3074

If you are looking for the ports for a different application you can find it by either:

You need to name this entry in the Service Type box. The name does not make any difference in the forward; it's just there so that you can remember later why you setup this forward.

Enter the port to forward into the External Port and the Internal Port boxes.

You need to enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Internal IP box. It's possible for this to be either the IP address of your computer or any other IP address on your network that you want ports forwarded to.

In the Protocol box select the protocol that you want to forward these ports over.

Enable the Enable This Entry checkbox by putting a check in it.

Click the OK button when you are done.

Make sure to click the green OK button after each entry.

Test Your Ports

It is always a good idea to check your work. We recommend using our FREE Open Port Checker. This checker uses a local application to see if your ports are open. This guarantees a correct result. You can find our Open Port Checker in the free trial version of our Network Utilities.

Additional Information

If you have a question we did not cover in this guide, we recommend looking in our forum. If you can't find your question, our knowledgeable staff can help get your questions answered.

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