TP-Link routers are required by the user to initially setup and login to the routers so that the user can further secure their network. Network Security is very crucial when configuring the router because only with a secure network can a user enjoy their wireless internet. For that, the user must properly configure their network. The user can configure their network using www.tplinkwifi.net web domain. By accessing the www.tplinkwifi net, the user will gain access to the router’s admin login page where the user can configure their network that is most suitable to their needs. On the router’s admin login page, the user will be prompted to enter the default information regarding the router. The username and password are case sensitive.
Once the user has successfully logged in to their router, it is recommended that the user changes the username as well as the password for the router. By doing this, the user will secure their network and deny any unauthorized users access to their network. After doing that, the user must also update the firmware of the router. The firmware is the Operating Software that runs the hardware of the device it is installed on. The firmware orchestrates all the functions carried out by the hardware. All the sensitive information of the user passes through the router such as the private information of the user, their emails and passwords, their banking information when they buy something online and more. To keep the security on the router up to date and to make sure that the router isn’t vulnerable t any potential threats, the user must keep the firmware up to date.
Here, we will provide the step by step process to configure the TP-Link routers so that the user can control and personalize their network that is most suitable to their needs.
Here, we will take the TP-Link Archer AC1200 Smart Wi-Fi Router as an example. Take note that these steps are still applicable for most of the TP-Link routers as well.
Troubleshooting steps to setup and login to the TP-Link Archer AC1200 Smart Wi-Fi Router:
- Connect the desktop computer or laptop to any of the four parts of the router using an Ethernet cable.
- Now, connect the modem to the WAN port of the router using another Ethernet cable.
- Double check the connections on both ends.
- Now, turn off all the devices and then turn them on after a couple of seconds. Wait for the devices to finish booting up.
- Open an internet browser and type www.tplinkwifi.net or tplinkwifi net in the address bar of the browser. The router’s admin login page will appear.
- The user will be asked to enter the default credentials regarding the router. The default username is either justify blank or “admin” and the default password is “password” for most of the routers. The username and password are case sensitive.
- Once the user has logged in to the router, the Quick Setup will appear.
- Using the simple on screen instructions, the user can complete the setup and login process without any problems.
Now, the user will have successfully setup and logged in to the router without any problems. From here, the user can further configure and secure their router as they desire.
Troubleshooting steps to Reset the TP-Link Archer AC1200 Smart Wi-Fi Router:
- Press the Reset button located at the back of the router for about ten seconds.
- Release the button after ten seconds. The LED lights at the front of the router will start flickering.
- Once the power light becomes green/white in color and stable, the router will have been restored back to its factory default settings.
Once the router has been restored back to its factory default settings, the user will have to configure their network again as after the reset, all the personalized settings for the router will get reset too.
- Do not remove the router from its power source during the reset process as it can damage the router.
Troubleshooting steps to update the firmware for the TP-Link Archer AC1200 Smart Wi-Fi Router:
- Download the latest firmware from the TP-Link Support Site and save it to the desired location on the same device that is connected to the TP-Link router.
- Now, open an internet browser and in its address bar, type www.tplinkwifi.net. or tplinkwifi net The router’s admin page will appear prompting the user for the default credentials.
- The default username is either justify blank or is “admin” for most of the TP-Link routers and the default password is “password”. The username and password are case sensitive.
- Once the user has successfully logged into the router, the web based interface will appear.
- Click the System Tools option. There, the user will find the Router Update or Firmware Update option.
- Click Browse to search for the previously downloaded file and upload it.
- The firmware update process will begin shortly after.
The firmware update usually takes a couple of minutes. Once the firmware has been updated, the router will reboot itself and the user can start using their router as they desire.
- Do not unplug the router from the power source during the firmware update process as it can corrupt the router’s firmware and may even damage it.
- Do not download the firmware for TP-Link routers from any third party websites.
Troubleshooting steps to change the username and password for the TP-Link Archer AC1200 Smart Wi-Fi Router:
- Open an internet browser of your choice and type www.tplinkwifi.net in the address bar. Press enter.
- The TP-Link router admin login page will appear asking the user for the default credentials regarding the router.
- The default username and password for most of the TP-Link routers is “admin” for both the cases. The username and password are case sensitive.
- Once the user has successfully logged in to the router, the Quick Setup will appear. Click Next to get started.
- In the Quick Setup guide, click the Wireless Network Name option. Here, you can change the username for your router in the field provided.
- Under the Network Name option, you will see a Network Key option. In the field provided there, you can choose to setup a new passphrase for your router.
- Click the Save option to save the settings made. Click Finish to exit.
Now, the username and the password for the TP-Link router will have changed successfully. The user can reconnect their devices using the new username and password.
- Do not share the password with everybody.
- Do not enter any password hints within the username as other nearby devices can see the username.
- Make sure that the password strength is strong.