Your TP-Link Archer C7 v4 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 C7 v4 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 C7 v4 router:
- Set up a static IP address on the computer or device that you are forwarding ports to.
- Log in to your TP-Link Archer C7 v4 router.
- Navigate to the Virtual Servers section in your TP-Link Archer C7 v4 router.
- Find the Advanced tab at the top of the screen and click on it.
- Find the NAT Forwarding tab at the left of the screen and click it.
- Click on the Virtual Servers tab at the left of the screen.
- Create a Virtual Servers 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 C7 v4 router.
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.
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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.
The TP-Link Archer C7 v4 router uses a web interface to display router settings. In order to login to the TP-Link Archer C7 v4 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 C7 v4 Router
Find the address bar in your browser window. This is usually found at the top of the page, like in the image below.
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 C7 v4 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.
Enter the username and password for the TP-Link Archer C7 v4 in the corresponding boxes. Important Note: If you have changed them in the past, you need to enter in those values.
- The default TP-Link Archer C7 v4 Router Username is: admin
- The default TP-Link Archer C7 v4 Router Password is: admin
To log in to your TP-Link Archer C7 v4 router, enter your username and password, and then click the Log In button.
TP-Link Usernames and Passwords
If the username or password did not work check out our Default TP-Link Router Passwords page.
If you are unable to log in even after trying the above list of passwords you may need to consider a reset for your router. Our guide How to Reset a Router can help you with that. After resetting the TP-Link Archer C7 v4 router your username and password will be reverted back to factory defaults.
After a successful login to the TP-Link Archer C7 v4 router you should be on the home page of your router. Now you need to find the Virtual Servers section.
- Find the Advanced tab located near the top of the screen and click on it.
- Click on the NAT Forwarding tab at the left of the screen.
- Find the Virtual Servers tab at the left of the screen and click on it.
You are now on the Virtual Servers page.
Opening a port to a specific device may solve problems that you are having on your network. Make sure that it is necessary though, before opening a port, because you are effectively creating a pinhole in the firewall portion of your router that could lead to malicious traffic on your network. The risk is exceedingly low, though, so don't let this warning stop you from making this change if you need it.
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:
- Click on Add.
- Make up a name to put in the Service Type box. The name does not have any effect on the functionality of the forward; it's simply there so you can know why it was created.
- The External Port box accepts either a single number or a range of numbers. If you are forwarding a single port number, then enter that port number into the External Port box. If you are forwarding a range of ports such as 1000-2000, then you can enter the lowest number of that range into the External Port box, followed by a hyphen, followed by the largest number.
- In the Internal IP box, enter the IP address that you want ports forwarded to. This may be the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another device on your network that you want to forward ports to.
- Enter the same values into the Internal Port box that you entered into the External Port box.
- In the Protocol dropdown box, select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding. Choose Both if your router has that option. Otherwise, choose either TCP or UDP as needed. If you need to forward a port for both TCP and UDP and your router does not have the Both option, then you need to create two entries.
- Check the box to Enable This Entry.
- Make sure to click the OK 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 C7 v4 router correctly. Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.
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