Simple Instructions to Help Setup a Port Forward on the TP-Link TL-WR841N Router

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October 26, 2016 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 3 minutes

In this guide we show you how to open a port for the TP-Link TL-WR841N router. All TP-Link TL-WR841N router have a basic firewall to help protect your home network from unwanted access from the Internet. The TP-Link TL-WR841N firewall blocks connections that you may want or need opened. In order to unblock these connections you need to open a port or port forward. A port forward allows connections on that port to be forwarded directly to your home network.

To open a port on the TP-Link TL-WR841N router you:

If this sounds difficult, don't worry, we walk you through every step in order to create a port forward on the TP-Link TL-WR841N router.

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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.

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Step 2

We can now login to the TP-Link TL-WR841N router. This router makes use of a web interface, meaning you need to login using a web browser. This can be Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox or any other browser you want to use. It should not matter which browser you prefer to use.

Open up your web browser and locate the address bar. It will look 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-WR841N IP Address is: 192.168.1.1 After you enter the IP Address of the router you can press the Enter button on your keyboard. If all went as it should, you will see the following screen:

TP-Link TL-WR841N
TP-Link TL-WR841N.

Do you see a box asking you for your username and password?

Go ahead and enter the username and password, then click the OK button to access the TP-Link TL-WR841N router.

TP-Link Usernames and Passwords

If the username and password did not work we recommend you try other TP-Link usernames and passwords. We have a list of them on our Default TP-Link Router Passwords page.

If none of those worked, it is possible you changed the username and password in the past and have forgotten. It may be time to consider a router reset in order to access the TP-Link TL-WR841N router. Learn how to do this in our How to Reset a Router guide.

Step 3

After a successful login you need to locate the port forwarding section of your router. To do this, let's start from the page you see below:

TP-Link TL-WR841N
TP-Link TL-WR841N.

First, click the Forwarding link in the left sidebar.

A new menu appears below. Select the option of Virtual Servers.

TP-Link TL-WR841N
TP-Link TL-WR841N.

On this new page, find and click the Add New... button. It should be in the center section of the screen.

TP-Link TL-WR841N
TP-Link TL-WR841N.

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:

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Enter the port to forward into the Service Port box.

Enter the IP address of the device that you want to forward ports to into the IP Address box. This can be either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another device on your network.

Select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding from the Protocol box.

In the Status dropdown box choose Enabled.

When you are all done click the Save button.

Don't forget to save after each port entry.

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you are done forwarding ports on the TP-Link TL-WR841N router you need to test them in order to see if they were forwarded correctly.

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