Need to configure your TP-Link Wireless router? Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can configure your device.
Basic Setup and Configuration
Follow the basic steps on how to configure a TP-Link router.
- Connect a TP-Link router to a modem using an Ethernet cable.
- Plug in your TP-Link router and switch it on using the On/Off switch usually placed at the back panel of the device.
- Then, connect to the default wireless network of the TP-Link router. The details on the default WPA2 key and SSID are printed at the bottom part of the router.
- On the web browser of your computer, type in “tplinkwifi.net” in the address field to open the management page.
- Log in using the default settings credentials. The default username and password are both “admin,” all in lower case letters, then click Login. (Note: If the login window does not prompt, it simply indicates that your web browser was set to proxy.
- To correct this, go to Tools menu> Internet Options> Connections> LAN Settings. Tick the “Using Proxy” checkbox at the screen that will appear, and then click the OK button to finish the process.)
- Once logged in, a window will pop-up labeled as Quick Setup Wizard. Click on the Next button to get the process started.
- In the Wireless Network Name or SSID field, type in the SSID you want to use on your wireless network. (Note: Computers near your router will be able to view your SSID so avoid using any personal information including the type of router you are using.)
- In the Wireless Security, you can choose between disabling security or using WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK. Choosing the latter will prompt you to enter the wireless password you want to use on your device’s wireless network. (Note: Use a strong password, something that is difficult for others to guess.)
- Once done, click the Next button.
- Click the Finish button.
- Once the process is done, you will automatically be disconnected from the router’s wireless network. You will then be prompted to sign in via your new SSID and password.
Set up for your TP-Link router’s wireless network is now done.
It is recommended to change the admin’s username and password for additional security. Furthermore, it can make it more difficult for other people to access and modify configuration settings of your router.
Closer Look at the Management Page for Configuration
TP-Link wireless routers are easy and fast to configure and manage when you do it via its web-based management page.
You can launch it on any Windows or other OS as long as it has a web browser.
It can also be opened through various web browsers from Chrome, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Navigator, and others.
To log in, use the default settings credentials: both the default username and password is “admin” in all small letters.
Once you have successfully logged in to the management page, you can easily configure and manage your TP-Link wireless router.
At the leftmost portion of the management page, there is a column of the various main menus: Status, Quick Setup Wizard, Network, Wireless, WPS, System Tools, and others.
Each of these main menus will open up its corresponding submenus after a single click.
You will find the detailed explanation and other instruction for every page at the right portion of the management page.
Let’s take a closer look at every menu on the management page for configuration of the device.
1. Status Configuration
Selecting the Status menu will allow you to view the router’s current status and configuration. Take note that everything is read-only.
2. Quick Setup Wizard
Please refer to the Basic Setup and Configuration stated above.
3. Network Configuration
Clicking on the Network menu will allow configuration and customization of the local network manually. It changes the default settings of the router. After clicking on the Network menu, it will open up three submenus: LAN, DHCP Settings, and DHCP Client List.
Selecting the LAN submenu will enable configuration of the IP parameters of the Network. Under LAN, the MAC Address can’t be changed, but there is an option for the IP Types: Dynamic IP and Static IP.
Note: If the Dynamic IP is chosen, the IP parameters can no longer be configured.
4. Wireless Configuration
The Wireless configuration will open up functionality and performance improvement of the wireless network. It can also be used to configure some of the necessary parameters of the TP-Link router.
Clicking in the Wireless menu will open up five submenus: Connect to Existing Network, Router Settings, MAC Filtering, Advanced Settings, High Speed, and Wireless Statistics.
By clicking on any of the submenus, you’ll be able to configure their corresponding function. Each of their detailed explanation will be shown at the right corner of the management page.
The WPS or Wi-Fi Protected Setup will enable connection of various devices to your network or the router without having to use the WPA2 key.
Note: If there is a concern on the physical security of your TP-Link router, click on the WPS button on the navigation bar to disable WPS.
6. System Tools
In the System Tools menu, you will be able to configure various settings from Time settings, diagnostic, Firmware upgrade, Factory defaults, Backup and Restore, Reboot, system Log, Statistics, and others.
Note: It is recommended to change the default username and password for additional security.
To do this, open the Password submenu under the System Tools menu on the navigation bar. It will open up a window where you need to type in your old or default username and password as well as your new username and password.
- Confirm your new password.
- Click on the Save button to finish.
Once done, you will be logged out automatically and will be prompted to sign in using your new account credentials. Sign in using your new username and password.
Other configuration settings you can manage on your TP-Link wireless router includes Parental Control, Access Control, Advanced Routing, Bandwidth Control, IP & MAC Binding, Dynamic DNS, and IPv6 Support. All of these are located at the navigation bar at the left part of the management page.