Guidelines for Port Forwarding of TP-LINK® TD-8800 Router
When a computer on the web sends data to the external IP address of the router, the router has to know what to do with the data. Port forwarding then informs the router which PC on LAN to send the data to. In fact, when you have set-up the port forwarding rules, your router takes the data of the external IP address-port number and sends that data to an internal IP address-port number. Also keep in mind that the port forwarding rules are created per port. So, when there is a rule set-up for port 53, it will only works for that particular port. Take into account that port forwarding, rules will only work for one computer at a time. Corrupted/Broken Windows firewall, wrong connection type setting, wrong or multiple computer names, same port in multiple rules, etc can cause issues in port forwarding of TP-Link TD-8800 router.
- Set-up port forwarding
- When user is behind more than one router
- Firewall settings in the router
Set-up port forwarding
To set-up port forwarding on TP-Link TD-8800 router after setting up a static IP address, enter that IP address in the Static IP Address box. Open a web browser and enter the internal IP address of your router in the address bar. After that enter your username and password and click 'Ok' button to login to your router. Then click 'Services' button and pick NAT Rule Entry from NAT Options drop down box. Click 'Add' button and choose RDR from the Rule Flavor drop down box. Later, enter a number that has not yet been used into the Rule ID box and leave IF Name set to All. You may use Protocol drop down box to choose the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding and feed the IP address to forward these ports into the Local Address From and Local Address To boxes. As you have entered, click 'Submit' button and 'Close' button. Now click 'IP Filter link' and choose Low from the Security Level drop down box followed by Accept from the Public Default Action, Private Default Action and DMZ Default Action drop down boxes. Click 'Submit' button followed by 'Admin' button. In the new menu, click 'Commit and Reboot'.
When user is behind more than one router
The most common problem usually experts have come across is that people who are behind more than one routers and do not usually realize it even though it is easy to identify that you are behind more than one router and in fact easy to fix. Firstly, login into your TP-Link TD-8800 router and find the status page that shows WAN/Internet IP address and write it down. Then log into the first router/modem now and find the DMZ page. Then enter IP address that you wrote down into DMZ page and enable DMZ. Subsequently, save and then you are done.
Some of the newer TP-Link TD-8800 routers are coming out with more firewall options built into it. In fact, some of these options do not let any incoming connections in even if a port forwarding rule is already in place. The routers that have the extra firewall options come with good information on the page about which setting user should use to permit port forwarding to work. Generally, you can just turn off the firewall or just put it at its minimum setting and still your PC will be protected. A TP-Link TD-8800 router has a hardware based firewall already. Also the firewall options in it have simply more options to better control things if needed.
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