Simple Instructions to Help Setup a Port Forward on the TP-Link TD-W8960NB Router

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September 19, 2018 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 3 minutes

TP-Link TD-W8960NB routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network form unwanted access from the internet. Since this firewall blocks incoming connections you may need open a port through it for certain games and applications. This process of opening a port is frequently called a port forward, since you are forwarding a port from the internet to your home network.

The basic process to open a port is:

  1. Setup a static IP address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
  2. Login to your TP-Link TD-W8960NB router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Advanced Setup link.
    • Click on NAT.
    • Click on Virtual Servers.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your TP-Link TD-W8960NB router.

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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.

This step is important because you want a permanent IP address in your device. If you do not set up a permanent IP address in your device, then when you device reboots it may get a new IP address.

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Step 2

Now we are going to login to your TP-Link TD-W8960NB router. Your router has a web interface, so you will login to it using your web browser. This can be either Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Edge. It usually does not matter which browser you choose to use.

Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something like 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 router and type in your router's IP address.

The default TP-Link TD-W8960NB IP Address is: 192.168.1.1

After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:

TP-Link TD-W8960NB
TP-Link TD-W8960NB.

You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your TP-Link TD-W8960NB router.

TP-Link Usernames and Passwords

If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default TP-Link Router Passwords page.

If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your TP-Link TD-W8960NB router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your TP-Link TD-W8960NB router back to its factory settings.

Step 3

Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the first page in your router:

TP-Link TD-W8960NB
TP-Link TD-W8960NB.

Click the Advanced Setup link near the left of the page.

You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click NAT.

You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click Virtual Servers.

TP-Link TD-W8960NB port forward
TP-Link TD-W8960NB port forward.

Step 4

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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Pick the Custom Server radio button choice.

Put a name for this forward in the Custom Server box so that you can remember why you set this forward up. The name does not matter so pick something that has meaning to you.

Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to in the Server IP Address box. You can enter either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another computer or device on your network.

If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into the External Port Start, External Port End, Internal Port Start and Internal Port End boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of the range into the External Port Start and Internal Port Start boxes. Then enter the highest number of the range into the External Port End and Internal Port End boxes.

From the Protocol box select the protocol for the ports that you want to forward.

When you're finished, click Apply Changes near the top of the screen to save your changes.

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the TP-Link TD-W8960NB you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.

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