TP-Link is a Chinese manufacturing company that is responsible for producing computer networking-based products like routers, adapters, mobile phones, range extenders, etc. Routers are for establishing an internet connection.
How To Login to a TP-Link Router:
To log into the router, internet access is not necessarily required but the device must be connected to the TP-Link router, wired or wireless.
Logging into Your TP-Link Router:
- First, you need to connect to your router. It can be through a smartphone [Wi-Fi] or a computer [Wi-Fi or Ethernet].
- Once connected, open your favorite browser and type in ‘192.168.1.1’ in the address bar and hit enter.
- You will be directed to an admin login page.
- In the first field, you have to enter your administrator ID and the password in the second field.
- If this is the first time you’re logging in, the default ID and password for a TP-Link router would both be ‘admin’ in lowercase. You can change them after logging in.
- Once logged in, you will see a dashboard with information such as the firmware version, MAC Address, IP Address, Subnet, SSID, etc. You might be prompted for a software update. Let the update finish and then carry on.
Once You’re On The Dashboard, There Are A Lot Of Things You Could Do:
- Quick Setup: If this is the first time you’re logging in, this is the place to go. It will help you set up the main settings of your router. You can change the default SSID, password, admin ID and more.
- QSS: Quick Security Setup.
- Network: Here you will be able to see your connection type (Static or Dynamic IP), Default Gateway, Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU – largest single packet) size and Primary and Secondary Domain Name Services (DNS). You can also configure some Local Area Network settings from here.
- Wireless: Probably the most important of them all, this is where you would find the major settings.
- Changing your SSID: To change the ‘name’ of your Wi-Fi connection, you need to change your Service Set Identifier or SSID. This can be found under the Wireless Settings subtab. You can also change your region and modify channel configurations.
- Changing your Wi-Fi Password: You can change your Wi-Fi password in the Wireless Security subtab. You can change the version and the encryption type. The industry standard is WPA2-PSK and one should refrain from using WEP. Always keep your network password protected.
- Wireless MAC Filtering: Sometimes you might want to filter out certain devices and prevent them from connecting to your Wi-Fi. Well good news, that can now be done. There can be two kinds of filters that can be made. Either you can allow only selected devices to connect or you can disallow selected devices. Whatever be the case, you can simply add the MAC addresses of those devices and stay rest assured.
Also, follow the given steps as well:
- Launch a web browser and type in the IP address of the TP-Link router, the default being 192.168.1.1. It will be given on the bottom label of the product.
- Then, type in the default username (usually ‘admin’) and default password (usually ‘admin’) into the login page.
- Click on ‘Ok’ to finish the procedure.