Easiest Way to Get an Open Port on the TP-Link TL-WR841ND Router

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September 14, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 4 minutes

TP-Link TL-WR841ND routers include a basic firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Internet access. Your firewall works by blocking incoming connections you may need. Certain games and applications will run much better if you open a port. This process of opening a port is frequently called a port forward, since you are forwarding a port from the internet to your home network.

In this guide I will walk you step-by-step through the port forwarding process on the TP-Link TL-WR841ND router. I will show you how to:

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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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Write this static IP address down. You need it later in the process.

Step 2

Now we are going to login to your TP-Link TL-WR841ND 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:

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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-WR841ND IP Address is:

After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:

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Screenshot of TP-Link TL-WR841ND.

You should see a box prompting you for your username and password. If you do not see a login screen like the one. If you do not, then you need to find out what the router's IP address was changed to. I recommend following the directions on my How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your TP-Link TL-WR841ND router.

This is a pretty common place to get stuck. If you find yourself here, don't panic, there are a few things you can try:

  • First, check all the different TP-Link default combinations. Here is our list of all known Default TP-Link Router Passwords.
  • Second, try and guess what the password/username was changed to. Use our Find Password App to make this step easier.
  • Finally, if you still are stuck after trying both of the above options, it may be time to consider a factory reset. Learn more about this option on the How to Reset a Router page.

Step 3

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:

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Screenshot of TP-Link TL-WR841ND.

First, click the Forwarding link in the left sidebar.

You should now see a new menu. Select the new option of Virtual Servers.

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Screenshot of TP-Link TL-WR841ND.

On this new page, click the option of Add New in the center section of the page.

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Screenshot of TP-Link TL-WR841ND port forward.

You are now on the correct page of the router interface.

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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In the Service Port box enter the port to forward.

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.

Use the Protocol dropdown box to select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding.

From the Status dropdown box choose Enabled.

When you are all done click the Save button.

Don't forget to click the Save button after your entry.

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-WR841ND 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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