Easiest Way to Forward Ports on the TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 Router

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December 05, 2019 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

An important aspect of having a TP-Link router on your home network is internet security. In general, routers block incoming internet connections and protect your network by only allowing the connections that you specifically set up. Sometimes it is necessary to unblock certain connections in your router or open a port in order to play a game or use an application. To help you get a better connection for gaming or using an application, you can open a port in your TL-WR850N v3 and allow a direct connection.

Follow the steps below to open ports in your TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 router:

  1. Go ahead and set up a static IP address on the computer or device that you are forwarding these ports to.
  2. Login to your TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 router.
  3. Make your way to the Virtual Servers section of the TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 router.
    • Click the Advanced tab at the top of the screen.
    • Find the NAT Forwarding tab located near the left of the screen and click on it.
    • Click on Virtual Servers.
  4. Go ahead and create a Virtual Servers entry.

The process of opening ports in your TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 router may seem daunting. Remember, however, that you are not alone and do not have to feel discouraged. Let us walk you through the steps for opening ports in your router. Let's get this figured out!

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Step 1

Set up a static IP address in the device that you are forwarding a port to. This is an important step that keeps your ports open even after a reboot, power outage, or another type of device or router disconnect.

After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.

Step 2

In order to login to the TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 router you need to use a web browser. The TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 router uses what is called a web interface where you can access and control router settings.

Go ahead and open up your favorite web browser. If you don't have a favorite or are not sure what this means, open up Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

If this step is confusing, we have simplified it for you with this link: Login to your TL-WR850N v3 Router

Find the address bar once you have opened up a web browser. This is usually located at the top of the page, like in the image below.

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 web browser and type in your router's IP address.

The TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 router's default IP address is: 192.168.0.1

After typing your router's IP address into the address bar, make sure to click the enter button on your keyboard. You should see a box similar to the one shown below.

login
This is the login page from your TP-Link router.

To login, enter the username and password for the TP-Link TL-WR850N v3s. Important Note: If you have changed them in the past, you need to enter in those values.

Once you enter your username and password, click the Log in button.

TP-Link Usernames and Passwords

If the username and password did not work I recommend checking out our Default TP-Link Router Passwords page.

If, after trying the above list of passwords you still can't login you may need to consider a reset for your router. Learn how to do that by reading our How to Reset a Router guide. After resetting the TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 router your username and password are reverted back to factory defaults.

Step 3

You should be on your routers home page once you complete logging in. Find the Virtual Servers section on the home page of the TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 router.

home
This is the home page from your TP-Link router.

You should now be on a page that says Virtual Servers.

port forwarding
This is the port forwarding page from your TP-Link router.

Step 4

Opening a port to a specific device may solve problems that you are having on your network. Make sure that it is necessary though, before opening a port, because you are effectively creating a pinhole in the firewall portion of your router that could lead to malicious traffic on your network. The risk is exceedingly low, though, so don't let this warning stop you from making this change if you need it.

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:

  1. Click the Add button.

  2. Choose your internet connection from the Interface Name drop-down list.

  3. In the Service Type box, type in a name for this forward. This will serve as a reminder to you in the future as to why this forward was set up, so give it a name that makes sense to you.

  4. You can enter either a single number or a range of numbers in the External Port box. If you are forwarding a single port number, you can enter it into the External Port box. To forward a range of ports, you can enter the lowest number of that range into the External Port box, followed by a hyphen, followed by the largest number. An example would look like this: 1000-2000.

  5. Find the Internal IP box and enter the IP address that you want ports forwarded to. This can be either the IP address of your computer or any other IP address for devices on your network that you want to forward ports for.

    • Do not put anything in the Internal Port box; you can leave it blank.
  6. Use the Protocol dropdown box to select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding. If your router has the option of Both, then choose that. Otherwise, choose either TCP or UDP as needed. If you need to forward a port for both TCP and UDP and your router does not have Both, then you have to create two entries.

  7. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page when you are completely finished to apply these changes.

Test Your Open Ports

Finally, test your network to see if you have forwarded ports in the TP-Link TL-WR850N v3 router correctly. To do this you can use Network Utilities, which includes a free Open Port Checker tool. Open Port Checker is the only online port-checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.

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