If you happen to be among the many that want to set up their Wi-Fi routers into a repeater to allow a greater Wi-Fi network, this is not a strange case. After all, the internet is powerful and you will want to extend the benefits of having Wi-Fi in your life as much as possible, as it has become such an integral part of our daily lives without us thinking too much about it.
It is even becoming more important for more people to access the internet more often through Wi-Fi, since it allows you to remain wireless and enjoy surfing the web without solid foundations to back you up. However, there is understandably some concern regarding the use of internet routers and modems, because most of them just give you very bad speeds and make your internet use very difficult.
If you are still set on searching for a Wi-Fi repeater though, you might be thinking about using a TP Link router in this case – so read on to find out our thoughts on that.
All about TP Link routers
TP Link happens to be the largest manufacturer of routers throughout the world, and it is not hard to see why – after all, they are consistently at the forefront of providing people with high-quality products throughout the years. The company is also the best option if you want to extend the range of your Wi-Fi and ensure you boost the connectivity around your home.
As the years progress, the company has taken an approach to enable users to get enhanced ranges through the use of single routers, which helps immensely if you have a small office or a home. However, if you are working in a very large place, or the internet is being used by so many people simultaneously, then you need the assistance of repeaters – and this can be very easy to obtain as long as you have a spare TP-Link router. Therefore, in response to the question of whether you can use them as repeaters, the answer is yes – through the steps below.
How do you use a TP-Link router as a repeater?
- First, log in to the routers’ management page. You can access this through tplinkwifi.net
- Select the network
- Select the ‘Wireless’ option, and then click on Wireless settings
- A list will come up stating the routers that are available. Click on the relevant ones, and then select ‘Connect’.
- Select the Wireless option, and then click on Wireless security
- Select the ‘System tools’ option, and then reboot the AP to activate the connection
Are there other ways to extend range?
The short answer to this question is yes – there is another way if you do not want to use a repeater, and this is through a LAN cable.
The method can be useful when you want to extend the wireless connection of one router to another router. However, it is not always the most practical choice, especially if the distance between the two routers is quite large. This makes it more important to connect the original router and its repeaters through your Wi-Fi network. The good news is that the process is roughly the same for all routers from TP Link.
Here are the steps to help increase the range:
- Connect your laptop or PC to the router through Wi-Fi. Use “admin” as the password and user name.
- Open the website http:tplinkwifi.net/ into the search bar of the browser
- Find the setting of ‘Wireless settings’ and enable it by checking the ‘Enable WDS’ option
- Name the Wi-Fi network by filling in the SSID bar
- Select ‘Survey/Search’, and click on ‘Connect’; when the channel and SSID of your network appears. Once this is done, you can input the settings for the channel and wireless security settings, and ensure they match the original AP’s root.
- Select ‘Save’
- Locate the ‘Wireless Security’ tab (this will secure the network).
- Select ‘DHCP’ and click on ‘DHCP Settings’. Ion the DHCP Server option, disable it
- Select the ‘Save’ button
- Change the router’s LAN IP address and Save the changes. Note that you should enter the same address for the IP that your root network uses
- Select the ‘System tools’ option and click on ‘Reboot’
- A connection should appear. If it fails, then restart the router (the original one) and re-do the process. If it still fails, then your devices are incompatible with the WDS bridge mode.
Both of these methods that we have covered will allow you to expand the range of Wi-Fi coverage in your home. It is also quite easy to connect various routers to the original one if you want to extend the network. The method elaborated in the second option will need you to use a cable to connect the two routers, so it can only work if you connect them physically.