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:
- First, setup a static IP address on the specific device you are forwarding ports to.
- Then you need to login to your TP-Link TL-WR841N router.
- Once you have logged into the router you need to find the port forwarding section:
- Click the Forwarding link.
- Click on Virtual Servers.
- Click the Add New button.
- Finally, create a port forward entry.
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.
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 program will setup a static IP address for you. Download Network Utilities today!
- Another highly recommended way of getting a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP Reservation.
- Or, follow our Static IP Address Setup guides.
With DHCP reservations you can manage your devices from your router. This centralizes the management of your network and helps prevent IP address conflicts. Using this method you do not have to log in to your devices separately.
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:
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:
Do you see a box asking you for your username and password?
- The Default TP-Link TL-WR841N Router Username is: admin
- The Default TP-Link TL-WR841N Router Password is: admin
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.
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:
First, click the Forwarding link in the left sidebar.
A new menu appears below. Select the option of Virtual Servers.
On this new page, find and click the Add New... button. It should be in the center section of the screen.
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:
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.
In order to do this we have a Network Utilities tool that includes a free Open Port Checker. This Open Port Checker tool is the only one online that that has Guaranteed Results.
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