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TP-Link TD-W8951ND Open Port Guide

Your TP-Link TD-W8951ND router includes a basic firewall that helps to protect your home network from any unwanted Internet access. A firewall by design blocks ports or connections which you may want unblocked for various reasons, including gaming or other applications. The process of unblocking a port is normally called a port forward because you are taking a port and forwarding it through the router's firewall directly to a device on your local network.

In this guide we will walk you through the steps involved in:

  1. Setting up a static IP address on the specific device you want the ports forwarded to.
  2. Logging into your TP-Link TD-W8951ND router.
  3. Navigating to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Advanced Setup link.
    • Click on NAT.
    • Click the Virtual Server link.
  4. Creating a port forward.

Each of the above steps will be covered in more detail. We realize this is overwhelming to a lot of you, don't worry, we will walk you through all the steps involved in forwarding your ports.

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Step 1

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.

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  • Or follow our Static IP Address guide to setup a static IP address.

Step 2

This step involves logging into your TP-Link TD-W8951ND router. To do this you need to understand that your router has a web interface, meaning you login using a web browser. It makes no difference what browser you decide to use, simply pick your favorite. Common web browsers include:

  • Edge
  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox

Pick one and open it up. Then look for the address bar. This is normally at the top of the page, like this:

Do you see the address bar in the image above? It has in it. All you need to do is erase what is in this address bar and replace it with the router's IP address. (Sometimes the router's IP address is referred to as the gateway.)

If you have changed the router's IP address in the past and don't remember what you changed it to, read this How To Find Your Router's IP Address page to find out how to find it.

The default IP address for the TP-Link TD-W8951ND router is:

Once you have entered the correct IP address, click the Enter key. This should open up an authentication box or page, like this:

TP-Link TD-W8951ND Login

If you see a box asking for a username and password, you are on the right page.

  • The Default TP-Link TD-W8951ND Router Username is: admin
  • The Default TP-Link TD-W8951ND Router Password is: admin

Go ahead and enter the username and password associated with the TP-Link TD-W8951ND router. Then click the OK button to login to the router.

Having Trouble?

This is where a lot of people get stuck. Here are a few things you can try:

  • The first thing we recommend is trying other default TP-Link usernames and passwords. It is possible you have a slightly different firmware version and these will sometimes have different usernames and passwords. Check out our list of these on our Default TP-Link Router Passwords page.

  • If that did not work, it is probably because you changed the username and password in the past and don't remember what you changed it to. If this is the case, you could try cracking the password yourself. To automate the long process, you can use our Find Password App. It tries thousands of different possibilities for you. Learn more about this time saver on our Router Password Cracker page.

  • Finally if nothing else has worked, it might be time to consider a reset. A reset is not recommended unless you have exhausted all other troubleshooting methods. A reset erases all previous settings you have changed in the past. Learn more about this in our How to Reset a Router guide.
Step 3

It is now time to find the port forwarding part of your router. To do that we should start on the Status page of the router.

TP-Link TD-W8951ND Screenshot 2

Select the Advanced Setup option at the top of the page.

TP-Link TD-W8951ND Screenshot 3

Under that, a new set of choices appears. Select NAT.

Then click Virtual Server in the middle of the page.

TP-Link TD-W8951ND Screenshot 4
Step 4

It is time to enter the correct data into your router. We want to show you exactly how to do this. In order for this to happen, we need a little information from you:

Application :
IP Address :

(Make sure the IP address above matches the Static IP address you setup in the first step.)

Our router simulator shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on the information you gave us above. Right now we are showing the ports for XBox Live. If this is correct, just fill in the boxes in your router exactly as you see them in the router simulator below.

That's all there is to it. Don't forget to click the SAVE button at the bottom of the page when you are finished.

Are Your Ports Open?

Now that you have finished forwarding the ports on the TP-Link TD-W8951ND router you need to test if they forwarded properly.

In order to check if your ports forwarded correctly we recommend using our Open Port Checker. This Open Port Checker is part of our free Network Utilities trial version.

Our Open Port Checker is the only one online that uses a local application to listen for ports. This means our open port checker is the only one that is guaranteed to work.

More Info

If this guide helped you get your ports open, check out some of our other guides:

Rule Index :
Application :
Protocol :
Start Port Number :
End Port Number :
Local IP Address :