This TP-Link TD-8816 router has a basic firewall included that helps to protect your home network from any unwanted access coming from the Internet. Firewalls by design block incoming connections. However, there are times you may want some of these connections unblocked. This is frequently called a port forward because you are forwarding a port through your firewall to a specific device on your home network.
In this guide we will show you exactly how to forward a port on your TP-Link TD-8816 router. We will walk you through each step in the process.
In this guide we will cover how to:
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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.
It is time to login to the TP-Link TD-8816 router. This router has a web interface meaning you need to login using a web browser.
This can be Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or any other browser you prefer. It should not matter which browser you decide to use.
After you open up your web browser you need to find the address bar. This is normally at the top of the page like this:
In the picture above we have circled the address bar for you. Simply replace what is in it with the router's IP Address, also referred to as the computer's default gateway.
If you changed the router's IP Address in the past and don't remember what you changed it to, use our How To Find Your Router's IP Address guide to help you find it.
By default the TP-Link TD-8816 router has the IP Address of: 192.168.1.1
After entering the router's IP address in the address bar simply click the Enter key. The following window should appear:
You are in the right place if you see a box asking for a username and password.
Simply enter the router's username and password and click the OK button to access the router's web interface.
This is a common place to get stuck. If you find yourself reading this and unable to login to the TP-Link TD-8816 router, there are a few different things you can try:
Once you have finished logging into the TP-Link TD-8816 router you need to find the port forwarding section of the router. To do that let's start on this page:
First, select the Advanced Setup option at the top of the page.
Now, click the NAT option under that in the orange bar.
Then, go ahead and click the Virtual Server link near the bottom of the page.
You should now be on the page you see above.
Time to enter some data into your router. We want to show you exactly how to configure your router. To do that we need you to answer 2 questions:
(NOTE: The IP Address above is referring to the "Static IP Address" you setup in Step 1)
Below is our router simulator and it will show you exactly what data to enter in your router based on how you answered the above questions/ Simply fill out the boxes in your router exactly as you see them below.
That's it, you are finished.
Don't forget to test if your ports were opened correctly. In order to see if the TP-Link TD-8816 ports were opened correctly why not try our free Open Port Checker. This can be found in our free trial of the Network Utilities. This Open Port Checker is not only free but has Guaranteed Results.
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