Forgot your TP Link range extender password? Perhaps, you cannot log in to your device’s web-based configuration because you forgot vital information like your username and password?
When this happens, you will most probably have to reset your TP Link Wi-Fi extender to its factory default settings.
In resetting the TP Link Wi-Fi extender to its factory default settings, there are two methods to choose from. This article will give you a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how you can reset your TP Link Wi-Fi extender.
Method 1: Hard Reset of a TP Link Wi-Fi Extender
The first method and the most common way you can reset your TP Link Wi-Fi extender is to make use of its “WPS/RESET” button.
The TP-Link extender features a “WPS/RESET” button, which is a button that can be used to reset the TP Link Wi-Fi extender or restore the device to its default factory settings. This is what you call the hard reset. It makes use of the “WPS/RESET” button you can usually find at the front, back, or side panel of the range extender.
You can do this with the TP Link range extender powered on.
- Press and hold the “WPS/RESET” button of your TP Link range extender.
- Hold it for about 8 seconds or until you can see the System LED light transition from quick flashing to slow flashing. There are other devices that require you to hold the button for at least 10 seconds.
The “WPS/RESET” button usually works in two ways. Pressing and holding it for about five seconds will enable the range extender to use WPS function while pressing and holding it for 8 to 10 seconds will reset the range extender.
- Once the System LED light is flashing in quick successions, you can now release the button.
- Sit back and wait for the TP Link range extender to reset to its factory default settings.
Once you use the hard reset to reboot the TP Link extender to its factory default settings, you will then have to reconfigure the range extender from scratch. You can also make use of the configuration file, but that is only possible if you have backed it up before the reset.
Method 2: Using the Range Extenders Management Page
Sometimes, there are issues in resetting a TP Link range extender. There are cases that even by pressing and holding the “WPS/RESET” button for quite a long time won’t be able to reset the device to its factory default settings. One of the reasons why this can happen is when the “WPS/RESET” button simply doesn’t work for whatever reason.
When it happens, and the “WPS/RESET” button on your TP Link range extender doesn’t work, you can still reset the device to its factory default settings using this second method.
This makes use of the device’s web-based utility or its management page.
- Go to the management page of your TP Link Wi-Fi extender. In your browser, type in the domain name “http://tplinkrepeater.net” of the TP Link Wi-Fi extender and log in.
- Once there, you can make use of the Factory Defaults function by first going to the System Tools menu.
- Once you click the System Tools menu, it will open several other submenus. Find and click on the Factory Defaults submenu below it.
- Once you’ve opened the page for the Factory Defaults menu, you will be prompted to click the “Restore” button below to reset all the device’s configuration settings to its default values.
- Click on the “Restore” button.
- Any settings you have saved before resetting the TP Link range extender will be lost after the factory default settings are restored.
- Make sure that when you reset your TP Link range extender, it is powered on.
- You can find the default settings and values details at the bottom label of your TP Link Wi-Fi extender.
- Common Factory Default Settings and Values
- Default User Name: admin
- Default Password: admin
- Default IP Address: 192.168.0.254
- Default Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
- Default Domain: http://tplinkrepeater.net
- Wireless Factory Default Settings and Values
- Default SSID: TP-LINK_Extender_XXXXXX (Note: The XXXXXX value indicates the unique last six characters of each TP Link range extender MAC address. Note that this value is case sensitive.)
- Default Wireless Security: Disabled
- Default Wireless MAC Address Filtering: Disabled
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Frequently Asked Questions
- How to Backup or save configuration settings to your computer before resetting the TP Link Wi-Fi extender?
On the web-based management page, click on System Tools menu and then the Backup & Restore submenu. It will open up a page that will allow you to save all the configuration settings on your local PC as a file.
Once on the page, click on the “Backup” button to save all the configuration settings as a local file on your computer.
- How to restore configuration settings from a backup file?
On the same “Backup and Restore” page under the System Tools menu in the web-based management page, click on the “Browse” button. Do this to find the saved configuration file on your local computer that you want to restore.
Then, click on the “Restore” button to update all configuration settings through the file you have input.
Note: The current configuration settings on the device will be covered with the configuration file being uploaded.
Also, the restored configuration settings will last for at least 20 seconds and once done; the device will restart automatically. Keep the device’s power on during the process to avoid any damage.
- How to log in on your TP Link range extender’s web-based management page after a reset?
Access the TP Link range extender web-based management page by opening the web browser and then typing in the domain name “http://tplinkrepeater.net” of the TP Link range extender. Log in to the management page by using the factory default settings credentials. Both the default username and password are “admin” in all small letters.