All TP-Link TD-W8960N routers come with a basic firewall that helps protect the home network from any unwanted access from the Internet. Firewalls block incoming connections, this is their job. Sometimes you want some of these blocked connections to be unblocked. This process is called a port forward because you are forwarding a port from the Internet directly to a device on your home network.
In this guide we will walk you through the steps to get your ports forwarded.
We will be showing you 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.
You need to login to your router in order to create a port forward. This TP-Link TD-W8960N router uses a web interface to make setting changes. This means you need to use a web browser to access the web interface. It doesn't matter what browser you want to use just pick your favorite. Some options include: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Edge.
Go ahead and open the web browser of your choice and find the address bar. This is normally at the top of the page like this:
We have circled the reset button for you in the image above. All you need to do is replace what is in this "address bar" with the router's IP Address. This IP Address can also be called the computer's default gateway.
If you have changed the router's IP address in the past and don't recall what you changed it to, check out our How To Find Your Router's IP Address guide.
By default the TP-Link TD-W8960N router has an IP address of: 192.168.1.1
Go ahead and enter the router's IP Address and press the Enter key. This brings up a page or box that asks for a username and password:
Simply enter the TP-Link TD-W8960N username and password. If you have never changed these:
This is where most of us get stuck. Here are a few troubleshooting ideas to get you logged in to the TP-Link TD-W8960N router:
First of all, you may have a slightly different firmware version with a different username and password. I recommend trying other Default TP-Link Router Passwords.
If those default usernames and passwords did not work, we recommend trying to figure out what you changed it to. To automate this long process, try our Find Password App. It tries hundreds of different combos for you. In order to prevent illegal activity The Find Password App is limited to only working on devices on your local area network. It will not work over the internet. Learn more on this Router Password Cracker page.
Finally, if all else has failed, you may need to consider a factory reset. A reset like this one erases all personal data. We strongly recommend that this only be done after all other options are exhausted. Learn more on this How to Reset a Router page.
It is now time to find the port forwarding section of the router. To do that, let's start on the first page of your router:
You are first going to click the option of Advanced Setup in the left sidebar.
A new menu appears at this point. Click the option of NAT.
Now click the Add button in the middle section of the page.
The image above is the page you need to end up on.
Time to enter the appropriate data in your router to get your ports forwarded. In order to show you exactly what you need to enter you need to answer 2 questions:
(The IP Address above needs to match the Static IP address you setup in Step 1)
This next section is our router simulator. It shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on how you answered the above questions. Right now we are showing the ports for XBox Live. All you need to do is enter the information in your router exactly as you see them here:
Once you have finished, click the Apply/Save button near the bottom of the page.
Don't forget to check and see if the ports opened properly. In order to do this we recommend using our Free Open Port Checker. This can be found in our trial version of the Network Utilities tool.
Hopefully we were able to help get your ports forwarded. For more guides check these out:
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