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Port Forwarding on the TP-Link TL-WR841ND

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:

  • setup a static IP address on the device you plan on forwarding these ports to.
  • login to the TP-Link TL-WR841ND router web interface.
  • find the port forwarding page in the router's web interface.
  • setup a port forward for the online game or program of your choice.


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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.

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:


TP-Link TL-WR841ND address-bar-circled
192.168.1.1

In the image above, I have circled the address bar for you. You simply need to enter the router's IP address into this space. Remember the router's IP address can also be called the computer's default gateway.



By default the TP-Link TL-WR841ND IP address is set to: 192.168.1.1



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

TP-Link TL-WR841ND Screenshot 1

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.



  • The Default TP-Link TL-WR841ND Router Username is: admin
  • The Default TP-Link TL-WR841ND Router Password is: admin


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:

TP-Link TL-WR841ND Screenshot 2

First, click the Forwarding link in the left sidebar.

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

TP-Link TL-WR841ND Screenshot 3

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

TP-Link TL-WR841ND Screenshot 4

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

Step 4

Now we are ready to enter some data in your router. In order to show you exactly how to configure your router we need you to answer 2 questions:

Application :
IP Address :

(The IP address box above should contain the static IP address you created in Step 1)

Our router simulator shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on your choices above. We are currently showing the ports for XBox Live. You should fill out the boxes in the router as you see them here:

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

And that is it! You are done!


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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