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How to Configure Port Forwarding on a TP-Link Router

How to Configure Port Forwarding on a TP-Link Router
May 8, 2023
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The TP-Link TL-WR940N routers come with a very simple firewall that aids in preventing unauthorized access to your home network from the internet. You might need to open a port through this firewall since it restricts incoming connections to use some games and apps.

You may use the port forwarding technique to do this. Please refer to the following setup instructions for your TP-Link router to set up port forwarding.

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To open a port, follow these steps for your TP-Link TL-WR940N router:

  1. Assign your PC or device a static IP address.
  2. Log in to your TP-Link TL-WR940N router.
  3. Go to the port forwarding section.
  4. Click on “Forwarding.”
  5. Select “Virtual Servers.”
  6. Click “Add New.”
  7. Create a port forward entry.

We’ll guide you through each step to make it easier.

Step 1: Set the device you wish to forward a port with a static IP address. It ensures that your ports remain open even if your device restarts.

  • Refer to our Router setup guide for instructions on setting up a static IP address.

Step 2: We’ll now log in to your TP-Link TL-WR940N router. 

  • Start by opening your preferred web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Edge).
  • Locate the address bar in your web browser.
  • Replace the current address ( in the address bar with the IP address of your TP-Link TL-WR940N router. This IP address is often referred to as your computer’s default gateway.
  • Once you’ve entered the IP address of the router, click “Enter” or “Return” on your keyboard.
  • A login box should appear, prompting you to enter your username and password.
  • The default username for the TP-Link TL-WR940N router is “admin.”
  • The default password for the TP-Link TL-WR940N router is also “admin.”
  • Enter your username & password in the login box.
  • To access your TP-Link router and log in, click the “Login” button.

Step 3: Locate the port forwarding section in your router’s settings.

  • Find and click on the Forwarding link on the left side of the page.
  • A new menu will appear. Look for and select Virtual Servers.
  • Click the Add New button in the page’s middle.

Step 4: Identify the ports for Xbox Live: 

TCP Ports 3074

UDP Ports 3074

  • Locate the Service Port box and enter the port to forward.
  • Locate the IP Address box.
  • Enter the IP address where you want to forward the ports: your computer or another device on your network.
  • Select the desired protocol for port forwarding in the Protocol box.
  • Choose “Enabled” from the Status drop-down box.
  • Click the Save button to save your choices.
  • Test the open ports to ensure they are functioning correctly.

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