Your TP-Link TL-WR940N router protects your home network by limiting incoming connections from the internet. Sometimes it is necessary to unblock some of those connections like when you want to create a direct connection for gaming, use a specific application, or set up a new device on your network. This process is called forwarding or opening a port. In your TP-Link TL-WR940N router you many need to open a port, which means assigning a port number or set of port numbers to a specific IP address. This routes the incoming data to the correct device on your network.
The following steps will show you how to open ports on the TP-Link TL-WR940N router:
- On the computer or device that you are forwarding ports to, you will need to set up a static IP address.
- Log in to your TP-Link TL-WR940N router.
- Find the Virtual Servers section in your TP-Link TL-WR940N router.
- Click the Forwarding tab at the left of the screen.
- Find the Virtual Servers tab at the left of the screen and click on it.
- Go ahead and create a Virtual Servers entry.
The process of opening ports in your router may seem like a difficult task. If so, you are not alone! We are here to help walk you through the steps to open a port in the TP-Link TL-WR940N router.
Step 1 - Setup A Static IP Address
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.
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Or follow our Static IP Address guides to setup a static IP address.
After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.
Step 2 - Login To Your TP-Link Router
In order to login to the TP-Link TL-WR940N router you need to use a web browser. The TP-Link TL-WR940N 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-WR940N 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.
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-WR940N router's default IP address is: 192.168.0.1
Enter your router's IP address into the address bar of your browser and click the enter button on your keyboard. A box like the one below should appear.
To login, enter the username and password for the TP-Link TL-WR940Ns. Important Note: If you have changed them in the past, you need to enter in those values.
- The default TP-Link TL-WR940N Router Username is: admin
- The default TP-Link TL-WR940N Router Password is: admin
Once you enter your username and password, click the Login 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-WR940N router your username and password are reverted back to factory defaults.
Step 3 - Find The Port Forwarding Section
After a successful login to the TP-Link TL-WR940N router you should be on the home page of your router. Now you need to find the Virtual Servers section.
- Click the Forwarding tab, which is at the left of the screen.
- Find the Virtual Servers tab located near the left of the screen and click on it.
You should now be on a page that says Virtual Servers.
Step 4 - Create A Port Forward Entry
Make sure that you must open a port in your router before doing so since this will allow data to come through the firewall portion of your router to a specific device. It is possible that this could lead to malicious traffic on your network. However, don't let this warning stop you from making this change if you need it because the risk is very low.
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:
- Click the button that says Add New.
- If you are forwarding a single port number, enter it into the Service Port box. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the Service Port box, followed by a hyphen followed by the largest number. For example, a range of port numbers might look like this: 1000-2000.
- Enter the same values into the Internal Port box that you entered into the Service Port box.
- Go ahead and enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to into the IP Address box. It is possible for this to be either the IP address of your computer or of any other device on your network that you want ports forwarded to.
- In the Protocol dropdown box, select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding. Choose Both if your router has that option. 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 the Both option, then you need to create two entries.
- Make the Enable selection in the Status drop-down list.
- To apply these changes, remember to click the Save button at the bottom of the page when you are completely finished.
Test Your Ports To See If They Are Open
Use our Network Utilities software, (which includes a free Open Port Checker tool) to test your network to see if you have forwarded ports in the TP-Link TL-WR940N router correctly. Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.
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