Simple TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 Router Port Forwarding Guide

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January 17, 2020 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 6 minutes

Your TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 router protects your home network by limiting incoming connections from the internet. Sometimes it is necessary to unblock some of those connections like when you want to create a direct connection for gaming, use a specific application, or set up a new device on your network. This process is called forwarding or opening a port. In your TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 router you many need to open a port, which means assigning a port number or set of port numbers to a specific IP address. This routes the incoming data to the correct device on your network.

You need to follow the steps below to open ports in your TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 router:

  1. Set up a static IP address on the device or computer you are forwarding these ports to.
  2. Login to your TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 router.
  3. Make your way to the Virtual Servers section of the TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 router.
    • Find the Advanced Setup tab at the left of the screen and click it.
    • Click the category that says NAT.
  4. Go ahead and create a Virtual Server entry.

If the process of forwarding ports in your router seems difficult to you, you are not alone! Do not get discouraged. Let us walk you through the steps for opening a port in the TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 router. Just follow along as we lead you through the process of opening a port in your router.

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Setup A Static IP Address

It is important to set up 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.

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 TD-W8960N v6 router. To log in you will need to use a web browser since the TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 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 TD-W8960N v6 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 TD-W8960N v6 router's default IP address is:

After typing your router's IP address into the address bar, make sure to click the enter button on your keyboard. You should see a box similar to the one shown below.

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

Enter the username and password for the TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 in the corresponding boxes. Important Note: If you have changed them in the past, you need to enter in those values.

To log in to your TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 router, enter your username and password, and then click the Login button.

TP-Link Usernames and Passwords

If the username and password did not work, go to our Default TP-Link Router Passwords page for help.

If, after trying the above list of passwords you still can't log in you may need to consider a reset for your router. Learn how to do that by reading our How to Reset a Router guide. **Note:**After resetting the TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 router your username and password revert back to factory defaults.

Find the Port Forwarding Section

You should be on the home page of your TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 router once you have successfully logged in. Find the Virtual Servers section of your router.

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

You should now be on a page that says Virtual Servers Setup.

port forwarding
This is the port forwarding page from your TP-Link router.

Create A Port Forward

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:

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  1. Click on the button that says Add. You should now be on a page that looks like the following image:
port forwarding
This is the port forwarding page from your TP-Link router.
  1. Choose your internet connection from the Use Interface drop-down list. If you have more than one option and aren't sure which to pick, your router's WAN Info page may give you an idea.

  2. Click the Custom Service radio button.

  3. Make up a name to put in the Custom Service box. The name does not have any effect on the functionality of the forward; it's simply there so you can know why it was created.

  4. Go ahead and enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to into the Server IP Address box. It is possible for this to be either the IP address of your computer or of any other device on your network that you want ports forwarded to.

  5. To forward a single port, enter the port number into the External Port Start and the External Port End boxes. To forward a range of ports, enter the lowest number in the range into the External Port Start box. Then enter the highest number in the range into the External Port End box.

  6. 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.

    • Don't worry about the Internal Port boxes, they should fill automatically.
  7. When you are completely finished, click the Save/Apply button at the bottom of the page to apply these changes.

Test Your Open Ports

Finally, test your network to see if you have forwarded ports in the TP-Link TD-W8960N v6 router correctly. To do this you can use Network Utilities, which includes a free Open Port Checker tool. Open Port Checker is the only online port-checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.

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