TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 Router Port Forwarding Guide

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November 18, 2019 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

Your TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router helps to protect your network by blocking incoming internet connections. This is an important feature that helps you to control which applications have access to your network. Sometimes you want to allow network access to a specific application in order to play a game, connect a device, or use an app. The TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 can unblock certain incoming connections through port forwarding or by opening a port. You can open ports in your TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 by assigning specific ports to an IP address. Forwarding these ports directs incoming data to a specific device or application.

Follow the steps below to open ports in your TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router:

  1. Go ahead and set up a static IP address on the computer or device that you are forwarding these ports to.
  2. Go ahead and log in to your TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router.
  3. Navigate to the Virtual Servers section in your TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router.
    • Click the Forwarding tab, which is at the left of the screen.
    • Click Virtual Servers.
  4. Create a Virtual Servers entry.

If this sounds difficult, you are not alone. We will walk you through each step in opening a port for the TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router.

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Step 1

In order to keep the ports in your router open, even after a reboot or disconnect, it is important to set up a static IP address in the device that you are forwarding a port to.

After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.

Step 2

The TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router uses a web interface to display router settings. In order to login to the TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router you need to use a web browser.

Open your favorite web browser. If you don't have a favorite or are not sure what this means, open up Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. If you are already in a browser window, go ahead and open up a new tab.

We have simplified this step for you with this link: Login to your TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 Router

Find the address bar in your browser window. This is usually found at the top of the page, like in the image below.

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 default IP address for the TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router is:

Once you have entered your router's IP address in the address bar go ahead and click the enter button on your keyboard. You should see a box like the one shown below.

Basic Authentication

Enter the username and password for your TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router. Note: If you have changed these numbers in the past, you will need to enter in the those values.

Once you have entered your username and password, remember to click the Log In button to login to your TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router.

TP-Link Usernames and Passwords

If the username or password did not work check out our Default TP-Link Router Passwords page.

If you are unable to log in even after trying the above list of passwords you may need to consider a reset for your router. Our guide How to Reset a Router can help you with that. After resetting the TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 router your username and password will be reverted back to factory defaults.

Step 3

You should be on the home page of your TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 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 called Virtual Servers.

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

Step 4

Opening a port to a specific device may solve problems that you are having on your network. Make sure that it is necessary though, before opening a port, because you are effectively creating a pinhole in the firewall portion of your router that could lead to malicious traffic on your network. The risk is exceedingly low, though, so don't let this warning stop you from making this change if you need it.

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. The Service Port box accepts either a single number or a range of numbers. If you are forwarding a single port number, then enter that port number into the Service Port box. If you are forwarding a range of ports such as 1000-2000, then you can enter the lowest number of that range into the Service Port box, followed by a hyphen, followed by the largest number.

  2. Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to into the IP Address box. It is possible to forward a port to the IP address of your computer or to the IP address of a specific device on your internal network.

  3. Select the protocol type of the ports that you are forwarding from the Protocol dropdown box. If your router has the option of Both, then go ahead and select that. Otherwise, select either TCP or UDP as needed. If you need to forward a port for both TCP and UDP, but your router does not have Both, then you will need to create two entries.

  4. Choose Enabled from the Status drop-down box.

  5. To apply these changes, remember to click the Save button at the bottom of the page when you are completely finished.

Test Your Open Ports

Finally, test your network to see if you have forwarded ports in the TP-Link TL-WR541G\TL-WR542G v7 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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