TP-Link is among the eliding companies making peripherals and networking components for home and business users. Based in China, the company makes a wide range of networking components, including routers of various types. The TP Link routers are versatile and come with a good number of features. They can be used by users with varying networking setup and usage needs, as it is. Setting up and configuring the routers made by the company is not tedious.
Things you need to set up a TP Link router
To set up a TP Link router, you will require:
- The TP link router device
- An Ethernet cable
- A web browser
- A laptop or desktop PC
Configuring the TP Link routers
Setting up a TP-Link router should not be tedious. However, you need to know the right ways to run the initial setup. For proper TP Link router configuration follow the below-listed steps:
- Use the Ethernet cable to link the router with the PC. Switch on the computer.
- Power on the router using its Power switch, at the rear side of the device.
- Now, launch a web browser and in its search bar type net.
- The prompt will pop up to enter a password and username.
- In both fields, type in admin and click on Login.
Running the initial setup
Now, you will have to set up the TP link router to suit your usage and web access needs. After logging in with a default user name and password, you get the ‘Quick Setup’ control panel. Click on next to begin the process.
- In Wireless Network Name put in the SSID to be used with the Wi-Fi network. This can be seen by nearby PCs by default.
- In the field, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSKyou have to type in the password. Choose a strong password for credible reasons.
- Click on next and Finish.
- Now, you will be logged out and logging in with the new SSID and password will be required.
Making the log in more secure
After completing the TP Link router configuration, you need to ensure the network access is safeguarded from the prying eyes! For this, you should change the default user name and password.
- After launching the web browser, type in net and press enter.
- Enter the default password and user name and choose login.
- Now, go to the navigation bar and choose System Tools> Password.
- Type in Admin in both the fields ‘Old password’ and ‘Old user name’.
- In New password and username, enter unique values. Use a password with a combination of letters and numbers.
- Now, click on save. The new settings will be saved.
- You will get logged out of the UI and logging in with new user name and password will be necessary.
- For additional security, you may deactivate WPS on the navigation bar.
TP Link router basic troubleshooting tips
Occasionally, you may find some operational issues affecting your TP-Link router, these can be caused by numerous issues. However, the good thing is resolving basic TP Link router issues are not tedious.
- ISP issues- Occasionally, ISP issues may cause your TP Link router to display status ‘Limited’ or ‘No Connection’. If the connectivity restores on its own, there is nothing you have to do. If it does not, you can try restarting the modem.
- Loose connection- If the router is connected through a LAN, check if the cables are loose or properly linked. If a Wireless WAN setup is there, check the router is receiving an adequate signal or not. Try changing the location of the router or see if there is any device causing interference in the signal.
- Bridging the wrong configuration- In case you are using the router for extending Wi-Fi signal ensure the same password and channel are being used as the modem or the access point. Using varying password and channel may result in limited connectivity or no connectivity.
- The WDS Bridge/Repeater settings should be checked and that should match Wi-Fi settings of Access Point. However, using separate SSID is not an issue here.
- Configuration issues- If you find router settings have been altered in your absence leading to performance glitches, reset the router.
- This can be done by using the reset switch of the router. Remember that resetting the router will erase all settings, and you will have to run the initial setup once more. Using the manual of the router can be useful at this juncture.