Fastest TP-Link Archer C3150 Router Port Forwarding

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February 03, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 4 minutes

The TP-Link Archer C3150 router uses a firewall to help keep malicious threats from reaching your home network. The firewall works by blocking connections or ports. When you have a program or game that does not run as smoothly as it should you may need to unblock or open a port. The process of opening ports is frequently referred to as a port forward because you are forwarding ports through your firewall to a specific device on your home network.

In this guide we will walk you through each of the following steps. We will show you how to:

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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.

This step is important because you want a permanent IP address in your device. If you do not set up a permanent IP address in your device, then when you device reboots it may get a new IP address.

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Step 2

Step Two involves logging into the TP-Link Archer C3150 router. Your router uses a web interface. This means in order to access the router setup menu you need to use a web browser. It really should not matter which browser you decide to use. Some of the more common options are: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

Open up the web browser you picked and find the address bar. This is normally at the top of the page like this:

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 router and type in your router's IP address.

The default TP-Link Archer C3150 IP Address is:

After entering the router's IP address, click the Enter key on your keyboard. This should send you to a login page like this:

TP-Link Archer C3150 Login
TP-Link Archer C3150 Login.

Enter the appropriate username and password for your router in the given spaces.

Having Trouble?

This is a very common place to get stuck. If you find yourself here, there are a few things you can try:

  • First, we recommend trying other TP-Link usernames and passwords. If your router has a different firmware version you might also have a different username and password. Here is our list of Default TP-Link Router Passwords.
  • If that did not work, it is because you changed the username and password in the past and do not remember what you changed it to. We suggest trying to guess what you changed it to. If you use our Find Password App it will automate the process of guessing thousands of different combinations for you. Learn more about it on our Router Password Cracker page.
  • Finally, if nothing else helps, it might be time to consider a reset. A reset like this one erases every single setting you have ever changed in the past. We strongly recommend exhausting your other troubleshooting methods before you use this option. Learn how to reset a router in our How to Reset a Router guide.

Step 3

It is now time to find the port forwarding section of your router. We begin on the Basic Home page.

TP-Link Archer C3150 Basic Home
TP-Link Archer C3150 Basic Home.

First, click the option at the top of the page labeled Advanced.

TP-Link Archer C3150 Advanced Home
TP-Link Archer C3150 Advanced Home.

Now, click NAT Forwarding in the left sidebar.

Then, choose Virtual Servers under that.

TP-Link Archer C3150 Virtual Servers
TP-Link Archer C3150 Virtual Servers.

Finally, click the green +Add link in the center section of the page, near the right side of the page.

TP-Link Archer C3150 Virtual Servers Add
TP-Link Archer C3150 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:

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Create a name for this forward and put it in the Service Name box. The name is only used as a reminder and has no effect on the port forward.

Enter the same port number to be forwarded into both the External Port and the Internal Port boxes.

Enter the IP address of the device that you want to forward ports to into the Internal IP box. This can be either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another device on your network.

Select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding from the Protocol box.

Put a checkmark in the Enable This Entry checkbox.

Click the OK button when you are finished.

Make sure you click the green OK button after you finish each entry.

Make Sure to Test Your Ports

It is a very good idea to check your ports after you have finished forwarding them. We offer the use of our Open Port Checker. It is completely FREE as part of our trial version of the Network Utilities. This Port Checker works differently than others on the Internet. We make no assumptions about what program you have on your device, we use a local program to listen for the designated ports. This way our Port Checker is guaranteed to work.

Anything Else?

Are you interested in learning firewalls, IP addresses, uTorrent, Wireshark, etc... Check these out and more in our Guide section.

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