Open Ports on the TP-Link Archer C20 Router

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October 08, 2019 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

Your TP-Link Archer C20 router protects your home network by limiting incoming connections from the internet. Sometimes it is necessary to unblock some of those connections like when you want to create a direct connection for gaming, use a specific application, or set up a new device on your network. This process is called forwarding or opening a port. In your TP-Link Archer C20 router you many need to open a port, which means assigning a port number or set of port numbers to a specific IP address. This routes the incoming data to the correct device on your network.

The following steps will show you how to open ports on the TP-Link Archer C20 router:

  1. On the computer or device that you are forwarding ports to, you will need to set up a static IP address.
  2. Login to your TP-Link Archer C20 router.
  3. Find the Virtual Server section in your TP-Link Archer C20 router.
    • Click on the Forwarding tab at the left of the screen.
    • Click on Virtual Server.
  4. Create a Virtual Server entry.

The process of opening ports in your TP-Link Archer C20 router may seem daunting. Remember, however, that you are not alone and do not have to feel discouraged. Let us walk you through the steps for opening ports in your router. Let's get this figured out!

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Step 1 - Setup A Static IP Address

In order to keep the ports in your router open, even after a reboot or disconnect, it is important to set up a static IP address in the device that you are forwarding a port to.

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

Step 2 - Login To Your TP-Link Router

In order to login to the TP-Link Archer C20 router you need to use a web browser. The TP-Link Archer C20 router uses what is called a web interface where you can access and control router settings.

Go ahead and open up your favorite web browser. If you don't have a favorite or are not sure what this means, open up Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

If this step is confusing, we have simplified it for you with this link: Login to your Archer C20 Router

Find the address bar once you have opened up a web browser. This is usually located at the top of the page, like in the image below.

Image of a browser address bar
Browser address bar

Above is an example of what a web browser address bar looks like. Find the address bar in your web browser and type in your router's IP address.

The TP-Link Archer C20 router's default IP address is: 192.168.0.1

Once you have finished entering your router's IP address into the address bar, click the enter button on your keyboard. A box similar to the one below should appear.

router login screen
This is the login page from your TP-Link router.

Enter the username and password for your TP-Link Archer C20 router. Note: If you have changed these numbers in the past, you will need to enter in the those values.

Once you have entered your username and password, remember to click the Login button to login to your TP-Link Archer C20 router.

TP-Link Usernames and Passwords

If the username and password did not work I recommend checking out our Default TP-Link Router Passwords page.

If, after trying the above list of passwords you still can't login you may need to consider a reset for your router. Learn how to do that by reading our How to Reset a Router guide. After resetting the TP-Link Archer C20 router your username and password are reverted back to factory defaults.

Step 3 - Find The Port Forwarding Section

You should be on your routers home page once you complete logging in. Find the Virtual Server section on the home page of the TP-Link Archer C20 router.

router status mac address internet IP
This is the status page from your TP-Link router.

You are now on the Virtual Server page.

router virtual server screenshot
This is the virtual server page from your TP-Link router.

Step 4 - Create A Port Forward Entry

Make sure that you must open a port in your router before doing so since this will allow data to come through the firewall portion of your router to a specific device. It is possible that this could lead to malicious traffic on your network. However, don't let this warning stop you from making this change if you need it because the risk is very low.

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:

  1. Click the Add New button.

  2. You can enter either a single number or a range of numbers in the Service Port box. If you are forwarding a single port number, you can enter it into the Service Port box. To forward a range of ports, you can enter the lowest number of that range into the Service Port box, followed by a hyphen, followed by the largest number. An example would look like this: 1000-2000.

  3. Go ahead and enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to into the IP Address box. It is possible for this to be either the IP address of your computer or of any other device on your network that you want ports forwarded to.

  4. Leave Internal Port blank.

  5. Select the protocol type of the ports that you are forwarding from the Protocol dropdown box. If your router has the option of Both, then go ahead and select that. Otherwise, select either TCP or UDP as needed. If you need to forward a port for both TCP and UDP, but your router does not have Both, then you will need to create two entries.

  6. Choose Enabled from the Status drop-down box.

  7. To apply these changes, remember to click the Save button at the bottom of the page when you are completely finished.

Test Your Open Ports

Finally, test your network to see if you have forwarded ports in the TP-Link Archer C20 router correctly. To do this you can use Network Utilities, which includes a free Open Port Checker tool. Open Port Checker is the only online port-checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.

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