This TP-Link Globe TD-W8901N router has a firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Internet access. The firewall does this by blocking all connections to and from the Internet that have not been authorized. Some games and online programs need additional connections (ports) to run properly. This process of opening ports is called a port forward.
In this guide we will show you how to port forward on the TP-Link Globe TD-W8901N router. These steps include:
- How to setup a static IP address on the exact device you want to port forward.
- How to login to the TP-Link Globe TD-W8901N router.
- How to find the port forwarding section of the router.
- How and what information to enter in your router to get your ports forwarded.
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.
- Recommended - Our free program will setup a static IP address for you. Download Network Utilities today!
- Another highly recommended way of getting a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP Reservation.
- Or, follow our Static IP Address Setup guides.
With DHCP reservations you can manage your devices from your router. This centralizes the management of your network and helps prevent IP address conflicts. Using this method you do not have to log in to your devices separately.
TIP: We recommend writing this static IP address down. You will need it a little later in this guide.
Now it is time to login to the TP-Link Globe TD-W8901N router. To do this you need to use a web browser because most routers including this one use a web interface to make setting changes to the router.
Go ahead and open up a favorite web browser. Some common options are Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Firefox.
Once you have opened up the web browser find the address bar. This is typically at the top of the page like this:
Above is an example of what a web browser address bar looks like. Find the address bar in your router and type in your router's IP address.
The default TP-Link TD-W8901N IP Address is: 192.168.254.254
Once you have entered the router's IP address you can press the Enter key and you should be given a page similar to the one you see below:
If you don't see a box like the one shown above, you need to find out what the IP address was changed to. This can be done by following the directions on this How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
You ultimately need to see a page asking for a username and password.
- The Default TP-Link TD-W8901N Router Username is: admin
- The Default TP-Link TD-W8901N Router Password is: password
This is a common place to get stuck. Here are a few things you can try:
- First, we recommend trying other TP-Link usernames and/or passwords. If you have a slightly different firmware version you may also have a different username or password. Here is our list of different Default TP-Link Router Passwords.
- If the above did not work, it is because the username and/or password were changed. Try guessing a few times, or use our Password Cracker. It automates the process of guessing for you.
- Finally, if both of the above did not work, it might be time to consider a factory reset. This will erase the username and revert it back to factory settings but it also erases all other settings as well. I do not recommend a factory reset unless you have exhausted all other troubleshooting methods. Here is a page on the basics of How to Reset a Router.
It is now time to login to the TP-Link Globe TD-W8901N router. In order to help you with this step, we will begin on the Device Information page.
On this page, click the option of Advanced Setup at the top of the page.
You should now see the page above. Click the new option in orange labeled NAT.
Now click the option of Virtual Server in the center section of the page.
You are now on the correct page to make a port forward entry.
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:
Use the Rule Index dropdown box to pick an available line number.
You need to name this entry in the Application box. The name does not make any difference in the forward; it's just there so that you can remember later why you setup this forward.
Select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding from the Protocol box.
If you are forwarding a range of ports separated by a hyphen then enter the lowest number of that range into the Start Port Number box and the highest number of that range into the End Port Number box. If you are only forwarding a single port number then enter that number into both the Start Port Number and the End Port Number boxes.
Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to into the Local IP Address box. Note that if you are forwarding ports so you can run a program on a device other than your computer then you can enter your device's IP address into that box instead.
Test Your Ports
Now that you have finished port forwarding the TP-Link Globe TD-W8901N router, you need to test the port forward. To do that we recommend using our Network Utilities. Our network utilities tool includes an Open Port Checker. Our Port Checker uses a local application to check and see if the ports are open, guaranteeing an accurate result.
If you are still struggling with the port forwarding process, use our Port Forward Software. Our software makes owning a router easier than ever. It troubleshoots, diagnoses, and fixes all your port forwarding problems.
At portforward.com we have more than just port forwarding guides. Check them out here.
If you are more interested in setting up a strong wireless network, check out our other site, setuprouter.com.