Easiest Way to Forward Ports on the TP-Link TL-WR820N Router

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January 03, 2020 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

Your TP-Link TL-WR820N router protects your home network by limiting incoming connections from the internet. Sometimes it is necessary to unblock some of those connections like when you want to create a direct connection for gaming, use a specific application, or set up a new device on your network. This process is called forwarding or opening a port. In your TP-Link TL-WR820N router you many need to open a port, which means assigning a port number or set of port numbers to a specific IP address. This routes the incoming data to the correct device on your network.

To open a port in your TP-Link TL-WR820N router, follow these important steps:

  1. Go ahead and set up a static IP address on the computer or device that you are forwarding these ports to.
  2. Login to your TP-Link TL-WR820N router.
  3. Find the Virtual Server section in your TP-Link TL-WR820N router.
    • Click on the Advanced icon, which is at the top of the screen.
    • Click the Advanced Users tab, which is at the left of the screen.
    • Click Virtual Server.
  4. Create a Virtual Server entry.

Opening ports in a router can be a difficult process the first few times. Don't get discouraged! We will walk you through all the steps to open a port in the TP-Link TL-WR820N router.

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Step 1 - Setup A Static IP Address

Set up a static IP address in the device that you are forwarding a port to. This is an important step that keeps your ports open even after a reboot, power outage, or another type of device or router disconnect.

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

Step 2 - Login To Your TP-Link Router

In order to login to the TP-Link TL-WR820N router you need to use a web browser. The TP-Link TL-WR820N router uses what is called a web interface where you can access and control router settings.

Go ahead and open up 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 this step is confusing, we have simplified it for you with this link: Login to your TL-WR820N Router

Find the address bar once you have opened up a web browser. This is usually located 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-WR820N router is: 192.168.0.1

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.

login
This is the login page from your TP-Link router.

Enter the username and password for the TP-Link TL-WR820N in the corresponding boxes. Important Note: If you have changed them in the past, you need to enter in those values.

To log in to your TP-Link TL-WR820N router, enter your username and password, and then click the Log In button.

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-WR820N router your username and password will be reverted back to factory defaults.

Step 3 - Find The Port Forwarding Section

After a successful login to the TP-Link TL-WR820N router you should be on the home page of your router. Now you need to find the Virtual Server section.

home
This is the home page from your TP-Link router.

You are now on the Virtual Server page.

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

Step 4 - Create A Port Forward Entry

Make sure that you must open a port in your router before doing so since this will allow data to come through the firewall portion of your router to a specific device. It is possible that this could lead to malicious traffic on your network. However, don't let this warning stop you from making this change if you need it because the risk is very low.

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:

  1. Click on the Add button.

  2. The External 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 External 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 External Port box, followed by a hyphen, followed by the largest number.

    • Unless you have a reason to change it, Internal Port can be left blank. It'll use the External Port information by default.
  3. In the IP Address box, enter the IP address that you want ports forwarded to. This may be the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another device on your network that you want to forward ports to.

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

  5. When you are completely finished, click the Save button at the right of the page to apply these changes.

Test If Your Ports Are Open

Finally, I strongly recommend testing to see if you forwarded the TP-Link TL-WR820N ports correctly. To do this you can use our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.

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