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Opening Ports on the TPLink TLWR841N router

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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:
    1. Click the Forwarding link.
    2. Click on Virtual Servers.
    3. 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.

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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.

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  • Or follow our Static IP Address guide to setup a static IP address.

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:

In the image above the address bar has the address of in it. Simply replace all of that with the IP Address of the TP-Link TL-WR841N router.

Sometimes a router's IP Address can be referred to as the computer's default gateway.

  • The default TP-Link TL-WR841N router IP Address is:

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 Screenshot 1

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.

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 Screenshot 2

First, click the Forwarding link in the left sidebar.

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

TP-Link TL-WR841N Screenshot 3

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 Screenshot 4
Step 4

You are now on the correct page to create a port forward. We want to show you exactly what to enter on your router, to do this you need to answer 2 questions:

Application :
IP Address :

(The IP Address above is referring to the Static IP Address you setup in Step 1)

Below is our router simulator. This next section shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on the questions you answered above. Right now we show the ports for XBox Live. Go ahead and fill out the boxes exactly as you see them below.

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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