How to configure TP-Link Router in Access Point mode?(case1)

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Updated 06-16-2020 01:13:00 AM
This Article Applies to: 
TL-WR841N , TL-WDR3500 , TL-WR543G

This article will explain how to use your TP-Link N router as an access point. The main router will be connected to the TP-Link N router via LAN port (as seen below).  The WAN port is not used for this configuration.

 

                        Main Router                                                     Access Point

Step 1

Connect your computer to a second LAN port on your TP-Link N router using an Ethernet cable.* Login to the TP-Link web interface through the IP address listed on the label on the bottom of your TP-Link N router (see below link for assistance):

How do I log into the web-based utility of a TP-Link router

Note: Though possible, it is not recommended to attempt this process over Wi-Fi

 

Step 2

Go to Network>LAN on the side menu and change the LAN IP address of your TP-Link N router to an IP address on the same segment of the main router. This IP address should be outside the main router’s DHCP range.

 

Example: if the DHCP of your main router is 192.168.2.100 – 192.168.2.199 then you can set the IP of the TP-Link N router to 192.168.2.X (X should be outside your main router's DHCP range), like 192.168.2.11.

Note:  After changing the LAN IP address a reboot will be required and you will need to log into the TP-Link N router with the new IP address.

 

Step 3

Go to Wireless>Wireless Settings and configure the SSID (Network name)which can be the same or different from the main router’s. Select Save.

 

Step 4

Go to Wireless>Wireless Security and configure the wireless security. WPA/WPA2-Personal is recommended as the most secure option.  Once configured, click Save.

Note: If using a dual band router, repeat this process for the 5GHz band as well.

 

Step 5

Go to DHCP>DHCP Settings and select Disable the DHCP Server. Select Save.

Step 6

Go to System Tools>Reboot and select Reboot to reboot the device.

 

Step 7

Use an Ethernet cable to connect the main router to your TP-Link N router through their LAN ports (any LAN ports may be used). All other LAN ports on your TP-Link N router will now grant devices Internet access. Alternatively, any Wi-Fi device can now access the Internet through your TP-Link N router by using the SSID and Password set up in the above steps.

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