TP-Link Extender is easy to setup device which will give you the connectivity you need to enjoy an HD experience in your home.
The TP-Link extender plugs into a wall outlet and then accesses your home network wirelessly. It also acts as a wireless router that creates a new Wi-Fi zone, extending the existing wireless coverage in your home and providing internet access for up to 10 devices.
The extender best matches devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other gadgets that use 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi standards. This latest wireless connection technology gives the extender more power in sending out its signal.
Steps to Extending the Wireless Router
Here are the simple steps for you to follow in setting up the extender. These steps will be helpful in case your home has weak Wi-Fi coverage areas:
Prepare Your Wireless Router For Extending
1) First of all, plug the extender into a power outlet near your main wireless router. The wall socket should be close to the router to achieve better connectivity between them. After that, connect one end of an Ethernet cable to any LAN port on the extender and then connect another end to a LAN port on your main Wi-Fi router. You can also use an Ethernet switch instead of connecting two devices with an Ethernet cable. This depends on your needs.
2) Next, note down its Wi-Fi settings. The extender will automatically adjust its settings to match your main router’s network name and password. So, it would help if you did the following:
- Press the WPS button on the side of your main Wi-Fi router if it has one or accesses its web interface to get there;
- On the home page, find the Wireless Settings option and then open either Wireless Network Name (SSID) or Wireless Network Name (ESSID);
- If you don’t know your wireless network name, look at the label underneath or inside your wireless router;
- Then enter the security key in case it is protected by a password;
- Also, click Save / Apply button when finished with joining information. Remember that any changes will become effective only after you restart your primary router.
3) Now that your main wireless router is set up, plug the extender’s power cable into any electrical outlet and wait for about 30 seconds before using it. Then, access its web interface to configure other settings such as bandwidth control, guest network creation, security, etc. For this purpose, find and press the WPS button on its side until a connecting sound is heard from both devices. This step may take around two minutes before the browser opens up automatically with the login page of the device, where you can choose to create a new account or continue using an existing one (also called TP-Link Easy Setup).
4) Lastly, select the Router / Extender mode button from the login page to switch it into an extender. After that, you can click the Connection button at the top right corner of the page to connect with the device and connect your laptop/computer/tablet, etc.
That’s it! Your extender is done configuring for now. You can also log in to your main router and add a new SSID (wireless network name) from there. This step makes another Wi-Fi network available in your home when both devices give you options to choose a strong signal in either 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz radio band.
Now, plug one end of an Ethernet cable into any LAN port on your main wireless router and another end into a LAN port on the extender. This will make both devices a pair for the next step.
5) After ensuring that both wireless routers are connected, find its web interface from your browser address bar. For this purpose, type 192.168.100.1 in the address bar and hit Enter key to go there (default IP address), or try TP-Link default password ‘admin’ if you forgot login credentials after resetting it to factory defaults back in time; change them later on if needed before moving on with configuration process:
Now that you’re at the device’s page click the Wireless Settings option from the left side panel and open Wireless Network Name (SSID) page. Then, search for the Wi-Fi name of your main router and select it from the list (second network in the above screenshot):
Enter its security key to pair both devices together if protected by a password. If not, leave this blank to move on with the next step:
Finally, click Apply button at the bottom right corner of the page and wait around two minutes before you can see available wireless signal/connection on your laptop or another device within range. This is normal if you decide to use 5Ghz signals; otherwise, go back to previous steps after waiting for about two minutes earlier or if nothing changes.
Key factors to know when relocating your Range Extender
(1) If you’re planning to use the extender’s 5Ghz signal only, make sure that your mobile devices are set up for it. Older Wi-Fi adapters or newer ones designed before upgrading their firmware can’t support this feature and thus need updating; otherwise, they keep trying Wireless Network Name (SSID) of the main router in 2.4Ghz radio band as default and fail to connect with extender having no such name. Also, try disabling power-saving modes, if any, on both devices’ sides if experiencing connection issues.
In case you want to create two separate networks using one wireless router and one range extender, here is how to do it:
- Enter the IP address in your browser and log in to the extender’s web interface.
- Under the Wireless Settings section, choose Router (AP) mode from the dropdown menu instead of Extender (Repeater):
- Create a new wireless network name through its wireless settings page if you’re using this device as an extender or vice versa; save changes when finished with everything else configurable on both devices.
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