How to Forward Ports in a TP-Link Archer D50 Router

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October 12, 2019 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

An important aspect of having a TP-Link router on your home network is internet security. In general, routers block incoming internet connections and protect your network by only allowing the connections that you specifically set up. Sometimes it is necessary to unblock certain connections in your router or open a port in order to play a game or use an application. To help you get a better connection for gaming or using an application, you can open a port in your Archer D50 and allow a direct connection.

In order to open ports in your TP-Link Archer D50 router, you need to:

  1. Set up a static IP address on the device or computer you are forwarding these ports to.
  2. Log in to your TP-Link Archer D50 router.
  3. In your TP-Link Archer D50 router, navigate to the Virtual Servers section.
    • Find the Advanced tab located near the top of the screen and click it.
    • Find the NAT Forwarding tab at the left of the screen and click it.
    • Click Virtual Servers.
  4. 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 D50 router.

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Step 1 - Setup A Static IP Address

In order to ensure that your ports remain open in your device even after it reboots, it is important to set up a static IP address in your device.

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 D50 router uses a web interface to display router settings. In order to login to the TP-Link Archer D50 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 D50 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 D50 router's default IP address is: 192.168.1.1

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.

Go ahead and enter the username and password for the TP-Link Archer D50 router in the spaces available. Remember if you have changed them in the past, you need to enter those values.

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your TP-Link Archer D50 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 D50 router your username and password will be reverted back to factory defaults.

Step 3 - Find The Port Forwarding Section

After successfully logging in to your TP-Link Archer D50 router you should see the router's home page on your screen. 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.

port forwarding
This is the port forwarding 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 link.

  2. Choose your internet interface from the Interface Name drop-down list. If you have more than one option and you're not sure what to select, the Status page should tell you something.

  3. Type in a name for this forward in the Service Name box. Choose a name that will help you remember why this forward was set up since it does not affect the functionality of the forward.

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

  5. Find the Internal IP box and enter the IP address that you want ports forwarded to. This can be either the IP address of your computer or any other IP address for devices on your network that you want to forward ports for.

  6. Leave Internal Port blank.

  7. Use the Protocol dropdown box to select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding. If your router has the option of Both, then choose that. 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 Both, then you have to create two entries.

  8. Put a check in the box named Enable this Entry.

  9. Click the OK button at the bottom of the page when you are completely finished to apply these changes.

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 D50 router correctly. Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.

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