Forwarding Ports in a TP-Link Archer C50 v3 Router

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November 01, 2019 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

A TP-Link Archer C50 v3 router protects your home network by blocking unwanted incoming internet connections and acting as a basic firewall. Sometimes you need to open a port in your router in order to get a good connection for a game or to use a specific device on your network. The Archer C50 v3 lets you choose the applications that are allowed to connect through an open port. By opening a port in your router you allow a specific application or game to send data from the internet to your home network.

Follow the steps below to open ports in your TP-Link Archer C50 v3 router:

  1. Go ahead and set up a static IP address on the computer or device that you are forwarding these ports to.
  2. Login to your TP-Link Archer C50 v3 router.
  3. Make your way to the Virtual Server section of the TP-Link Archer C50 v3 router.
    • Find the Forwarding tab at the left of the screen and click it.
    • Click Virtual Server.
  4. Go ahead and create a Virtual Server entry.

The process of opening ports in your router may seem like a difficult task. If so, you are not alone! We are here to help walk you through the steps to open a port in the TP-Link Archer C50 v3 router.

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Step 1 - Setup A Static IP Address

It is important to set up 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.

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

The TP-Link Archer C50 v3 router uses a web interface to display router settings. In order to login to the TP-Link Archer C50 v3 router you need to use a web browser.

Open 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 you are already in a browser window, go ahead and open up a new tab.

We have simplified this step for you with this link: Login to your Archer C50 v3 Router

Find the address bar in your browser window. This is usually found 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 C50 v3 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.

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

To login, enter the username and password for the TP-Link Archer C50 v3s. Important Note: If you have changed them in the past, you need to enter in those values.

Once you enter your username and password, click the Log In button.

TP-Link Username and Password Trouble

If the username and password that you typed in did not work, check out our Default TP-Link Router Passwords page for other ideas about possible passwords.

If, after trying the above list of passwords you still can't log in, you may need to reset your router. Learn how to do that by reading our How to Reset a Router guide. After resetting the TP-Link Archer C50 v3 router your username and password are reverted back to factory defaults. Router settings may also change when you reset, so make a note of your current router settings before you reset.

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 C50 v3 router.

home
This is the home page from your TP-Link router.

You should now be on a page that says Virtual Server.

port forwarding
This is the port forwarding page from your TP-Link router.

Step 4 - Create A Port Forward Entry

Forwarding ports in your router creates a path that allows data to get through your network firewall, and this could lead to malicious traffic on your network. So make sure that you must forward a port before actually doing so. However, the risk is very low, so do not let this warning stop you from making this change if you need to.

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:

port forwarding
This is the port forwarding page from your TP-Link router.
  1. Click on 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. Remember to click the Save button at the bottom of the page to apply these changes when you are completely finished.

Test Your Ports To See If They Are Open

Use our Network Utilities software, (which includes a free Open Port Checker tool) to test your network to see if you have forwarded ports in the TP-Link Archer C50 v3 router correctly. Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.

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