This TP-Link TL-WR340G router has a firewall that helps protect the home network from unwanted Internet access. A firewall does this by blocking all incoming and outgoing connections that are not authorized. In order to authorize additional connections to go through the firewall for an online game or application you need to create what is called a port forward. A port forward sends the named port through the firewall directly to a designated computer on your home network.
A port forward may seem difficult at first, but don't worry we will walk you through each of the steps involved. These steps are:
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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.
NOTE: Write this address down on a piece of paper. You need it a little later in Step 4.
It is now time to login to the TP-Link TL-WR340G router. To do this you need to open a web browser such as Google, Internet Explorer, Edge, or Firefox. It typically doesn't matter which browser you decide to use.
Once you have opened the browser, find the address bar at the top of the page. It should look something like this:
Do you see the address bar in the image shown above? I have circled it for you and it has 192.168.1.1 in it.
In this address bar, enter the router's IP address. This can also be called the computer's default gateway or the router's GUI address.
The default TP-Link TL-WR340G IP address is: 192.168.1.1
Press the Enter key after typing in the router's IP address. This should give you to a Login window like this:
If the above login page does not appear, you need to find out what the router's IP address has been changed to. To help you with this, follow the instructions on our How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
After entering the router's username and password, press the Enter key or the OK button to access the router's user interface.
If you were unable to login to the TP-Link TL-WR340G using the above values, here are a few troubleshooting ideas:
Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. We begin on the Router Status page:
Begin by pressing the Forwarding link in the left sidebar.
A new group of options appears below that. Click the option of Virtual Servers
Next, click the Add New button in the center section of the page.
You are now ready to enter the port forwarding information.
In order to help you with this fourth step we need a little information about what you are forwarding for and to where:
(The above IP address box needs to contain the Static IP address you setup in Step 1.)
Below is our router simulator. It will show you what to enter in your router based on the choices you made above. We are currently showing the ports for XBox Live. If this is correct, simply fill in the boxes in your router as you see them below.
After each entry, make sure to click the Save button.
Now that you have forwarded ports on the TP-Link TL-WR340G you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.
To test if your port has been properly forwarded, you can use our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Our Open Port Check tool is the only online port checking tool with Guaranteed Results.
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