In today's regular article on setting up a home Wi-Fi router, I would like to focus on TP-Link (300M Wireless N Router TL-WR841N / TL-WR841ND).
Quite a lot of questions are asked about TP-Link routers, although in general, the setup is not much different from many other routers of this type. And so, let's take a look at the steps of what needs to be done to make both the Internet and the local Wi-Fi network work for you.
1. Connecting a router: features
There are several outputs on the rear wall of the router, we are most interested in LAN1-LAN4 (they are yellow in the picture below) and INTRNET / WAN (blue).
So, using a cable (see the picture below, white) we connect one of the LAN outputs of the router to the computer's network card. Connect the cable of the Internet provider that enters your apartment from the entrance to the WAN output.
That's all. By the way, after turning on the device, you should notice the blinking of the LEDs + a local network should appear on the computer, while without access to the Internet (we haven't configured it yet).
Now you need to go to the router settings. To do this, in any browser, type in the address bar: 192.168.1.1.
Then enter your password and login: admin. In general, in order not to repeat myself, here is a detailed article on how to enter the settings of the router, there, by the way, and all the typical questions are sorted out.
2. Configuring the router
In our example, we use the PPPoE connection type. Which type you choose depends on your provider, all information on logins and passwords, connection types, IP, DNS, etc. should be in the contract. We now carry this information into the settings.
2.1. Configuring the Internet (PPPoE type)
In the column on the left, select the Network section, WAN tab. Three points are key here:
1) WAN Connection Type – indicate the type of connection. It will determine what data you need to enter to connect to the network. In our case, PPPoE / Russia PPPoE.
2) Username, Password – enter your login and password to access the Internet via PPPoE.
3) Set the Connect Automatically mode – this will automatically allow your router to connect to the Internet. There are modes and manual connection (inconvenient).
Actually everything, the Internet is configured, press the Save button.
2.2. Configuring a wireless Wi-Fi network
To configure a wireless Wi-Fi network, go to the Wireless settings section, then open the Wireless Settings tab.
Here you also need to pay attention to three key parameters:
1) SSID is the name of your wireless network. You can enter any name, the one that will be convenient for you to search later. The default is 'tp-link', you can leave it that way.
2) Region – choose Russia (well, or your own, if someone reads a blog not from Russia). This setting is not found in all routers, by the way.
3) Check the boxes at the very bottom of the window, opposite Enable Wireless Router Radio, Enable SSID Broadcast (thereby enabling the Wi-Fi network).
Save the settings, the Wi-Fi network should start working. By the way, I recommend protecting it with a password. More on this below.
2.3. Enabling a password for a Wi-Fi network
To protect your Wi-Fi network with a password, go to the Wireless section, the Wireless Security tab.
At the very bottom of the page there is a choice of WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK mode – select it. And then enter the PSK Password that will be used every time you connect to your wireless network.
Then save the settings and reboot the router (you can just turn off the power for 10-20 seconds).
Important! Some ISPs register the MAC addresses of your network card. Thus, if your MAC address changes, the Internet may become unavailable to you. When you change a network card or when installing a router, this address changes. There are two ways:
the first one is to clone the MAC address (I will not repeat myself here, everything is detailed in the article; TP-Link routers have a special section for cloning: Network-> Mac Clone);
the second is to register your new MAC address with the provider (most likely a phone call to tech support will be enough).
That's all. Good luck!