Your TP-Link TL-WR720N router comes equipped with a firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Internet activity. The firewall works by blocking unauthorized connections to and from the Internet. Some online games and programs run much smoother if additional connections are allowed. In order to do this you need to create a port forward.
In this guide we show you step by step how to port forward on the TP-Link TL-WR720N. These steps include:
- How to setup a static IP address on the device you plan on forwarding these ports to.
- How to login to the TP-Link TL-WR720N router web interface.
- How to find the port forwarding page in the router's web interface.
- How to setup a port forward for the online game or program of your choice.
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.
- Recommended - Our free Static IP Setter will set up a static IP address for you.
- Another way to get a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP reservation.
- Or, manually create a static ip address with our Static IP Guides.
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.
Write this Static IP address down for later use.
Now we are going to login to your TP-Link TL-WR720N 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:
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-WR720N 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:
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.
Did the above IP address not work? If you did not get a login page asking for a username and password, use our How To Find Your Router's IP Address page to figure out what your router's IP address is.
- The Default TP-Link TL-WR720N Router Username is: admin
- The Default TP-Link TL-WR720N Router Password is: password
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your TP-Link TL-WR720N 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 none of the default TP-Link passwords worked, use our Find Password App to help you guess what the username and password were changed to.
If you still can't login to your router it may be time to consider a factory reset. Follow the directions on this How to Reset a Router Password page to get your TP-Link TL-WR720N router back to its factory settings.
Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the Status page in your router:
First, you want to click the Forwarding link in the left sidebar.
This opens a new menu under that. Select the new option of Virtual Servers.
You should now see a page like the one above. Click the option of Add New in the center section of the page.
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:
In the Service Port box type the port to forward.
Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to into the IP Address box. Note that if you are forwarding ports so you can run a program on a device other than your computer then you can enter your device's IP address into that box instead.
Use the Protocol dropdown box to select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding.
Choose Enabled from the Status dropdown box.
After you are done click the Save button.
Don't forget to Save your changes.
Your ports should now be open. It is time to test them.
Test if Your Ports are Open
Now that you have forwarded ports on the TP-Link TL-WR720N 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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