Simple TP-Link TL-R470T+ v5.0 Router Port Forwarding Instructions

Thumbnail image of Port Forward Staff
Port Forward Staff
December 15, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Your **TP-Link TL-R470T+ v5.0 ** router a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Internet access. The firewall does this by blocking all incoming and outgoing connections that you have not already authorized. This is typically a good thing but some online games and applications require additional connections opened in order to run at their best. In order to open these additional connections you need to create a port forward.

Here in this guide I will show you how to create a port forward on the **TP-Link TL-R470T+ v5.0 ** router. The steps I will show you how to do include:

  1. How to setup a static IP address on the device you plan on forwarding these ports to.
  2. How to login to the **TP-Link TL-R470T+ v5.0 ** router web interface.
  3. How to find the port forwarding page in the router's web interface.
  4. How to setup a port forward for the online game or program of your choice.

We think that forwarding a port should be easy. That's why we created Network Utilities. Our software does everything that you need to forward a port.

Get Started Now!

When you use Network Utilities you get your port forwarded right now!

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.

Use a VPN Instead

Have you considered using a VPN instead of forwarding a port? For most users, a VPN is a much simpler and more secure choice than forwarding a port.

NordVPN birthday deal!

We use and recommend NordVPN because not only is it the fastest VPN, it includes a new feature called Meshnet that makes forwarding a port no longer necessary for most applications. With NordVPN Meshnet, you can connect to your devices from anywhere in the world, completely secure, over a highly encrypted VPN tunnel.

Every time you click on one of our affiliate links, such as NordVPN, we get a little kickback for introducing you to the service. Think of us as your VPN wingman.

TIP: Write this static IP address down. You need it in Step 4.

Step 2

After creating a static IP address on the device you are forwarding these ports to, you need to login to the router interface. This router uses a web interface which means you need to open a web browser in order to access the router interface. It typically doesn't matter which browser you decide to open, simply pick your favorite such as Edge, Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

After you have opened the web browser of your choice, look for the address bar. This is normally at the top of the page 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 TL-R470T+ v5.0 IP Address is: If the router IP address we just gave you did not work, find out what your router's IP address is by following this guide: How To Find Your Router's IP Address

After you have the the correct IP address entered in the address bar, click the Enter key and you will get a login screen similar to this one:

TP-Link TL-R470T Login
TP-Link TL-R470T Login.

Here you see a space for a username and password, enter those values and press the Login button.

Having Trouble?

This is a pretty common place to get stuck. If you find yourself here, don't panic, there are a few things you can try:

  • First, check all the different TP-Link default combinations. Here is our list of all known Default TP-Link Router Passwords.
  • Second, try and guess what the password/username was changed to. Use our Find Password App to make this step easier.
  • Finally, if you still are stuck after trying both of the above options, it may be time to consider a factory reset. Learn more about this option on the How to Reset a Router page.

Step 3

It is now time to find the port forwarding section of the TP-Link TL-R470T+ v5.0 router. To help you with this step we will begin on the System Status page.

TP-Link TL-R470T System Status
TP-Link TL-R470T System Status.

Begin by clicking the option in the left sidebar labeled Advanced.

TP-Link TL-R470T NAT Setup
TP-Link TL-R470T NAT Setup.

You are now on the page shown above. Click the option at the top of the page labeled Virtual Server.

TP-Link TL-R470T Virtual Server
TP-Link TL-R470T Virtual Server.

Congratulations, you have found the correct page to create a 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:

Don't forget to sign up for NordVPN's promo deal before it's gone.

NordVPN faster than ever deal!

You might notice that most of our site doesn't have ads on it. This is because we use partnerships with companies like NordVPN to keep the site running. Thank you for supporting us by using our referral links.

Make up a name to put in the Name 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.

Choose WAN-ALL from the Interface dropdown box.

If you are forwarding a range of ports then you need to enter the lowest number of that range into the left hand External Port and Internal Port boxes and the highest number of that range into the right hand External Port and Internal Port boxes.

If you are forwarding a single port then you can enter that same port number into both of the External Port and both of the Internal Port boxes.

Select the required protocol for these ports from the Protocol dropdown box.

Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Internal Server IP box. This is either the IP address of a computer or the IP address of another device on your network.

Put a dot into the Activate radio button.

Test Your Ports

Are your the ports you just forwarded really open? An easy way to find out is use our free Open Port Checker. It uses a local application to see if the ports are open or not. This guarantees our port checkers accuracy.

More Info...

Check out our other guides here. We have a growing list of free gaming, networking, and software guides here at

Our other site can help you setup a secure home network with your exact router.

More From Portforward