How to Open Ports in a TP-Link Archer CR1900 Router

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November 01, 2018 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

Your Archer CR1900 router helps to protect your network by blocking incoming internet connections. This is an important feature that helps you to control which applications have access to your network. Sometimes you want to allow network access to a specific application in order to play a game, connect a device, or use an app. The TP-Link Archer CR1900 can unblock certain incoming connections through port forwarding or by opening a port. You can open ports in your Archer CR1900 by assigning specific ports to an IP address. Forwarding these ports directs incoming data to a specific device or application.

Follow the steps below to open ports in your TP-Link Archer CR1900 router:

  1. Go ahead and set up a static IP address on the computer or device that you are forwarding these ports to.
  2. Go ahead and log in to your TP-Link Archer CR1900 router.
  3. Navigate to the Virtual Servers section in your TP-Link Archer CR1900 router.
    • Find the Advanced tab located near the top of the screen and click on it.
    • Click the Nat Forwarding tab, which is at the left of the screen.
  4. Go ahead and create a Virtual Servers entry.

The process of opening ports in your TP-Link Archer CR1900 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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Setup A Static IP Address

Set up a static IP address in the device that you are forwarding a port to. This is an important step that keeps your ports open even after a reboot, power outage, or another type of device or router disconnect.

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

Login To Your TP-Link Router

Log in to your TP-Link Archer CR1900 router. To log in you will need to use a web browser since the TP-Link Archer CR1900 uses a web interface to access router configurations.

Open up whichever internet browser that you are comfortable with. If you are not sure which one to use, then go ahead and open Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

To help with confusion, we have simplified this step for you with this link: Login to your Archer CR1900 Router

Once you have opened a web browser, find the address bar which is usually located at the top of the screen. The image below shows an example of 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 web browser and type in your router's IP address.

The TP-Link Archer CR1900 router's default IP address is: 192.168.1.1

Enter your router's IP address into the address bar of your browser and click the enter button on your keyboard. A box like the one below should appear.

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

Enter the username and password for your TP-Link Archer CR1900 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 CR1900 router.

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 CR1900 router your username and password will be reverted back to factory defaults.

Find the Port Forwarding Section

You should be on the home page of your TP-Link Archer CR1900 router once you have successfully logged in. Find the Virtual Servers section of your router.

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

You should now be on a page called Virtual Servers.

Create A Port Forward

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.

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 CR1900 router correctly. Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.

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