How to Configure my Tplink Range Extender

This article is specifically for range extenders that do not have a DHCP server. To learn how to set up models TL-WA850RE

Before configuration, make sure you have the necessary root router information:

Information of Root Router:



 Encryption Type: WPA2-PSK with AES

 Passphrase: testtplink


●Since the DHCP function on the Range Extender is disabled by default, you’ll need to manually assign an IP address as 192.168.1.x to the computer to match the default IP address of the range extender. Click here for detailed instruction. For TL-WA830RE, the LAN IP is, requiring you to assign 192.168.0.x to your computer.

●Connect the computer to the Range Extender with an Ethernet cable. And disconnect the wireless from the root router.

Range Extender Configuration

Step 1.   

Log into the range extender’s management page. Click here for detailed instructions on how to do so.

Step 2.    

Click Network. Make sure the range extender’s IP address is in the same IP segment with the root router. In this instance, we can change the IP to “”. Then clickSave.

Notice: If the root router is not in the IP segment 192.168.1.X, (for example, you’ll need to change the IP of the range extender to and click Save. Then, change the IP of your computer to Afterwards, log into the range extender’s management page by using the new IP

Step 3.

Click Quick Setup. Then, click Next > Wireless. Select Range Extender as the Operation Mode. Then click Search.

Step 4.    

Find the root router’s SSID on the list, then click Connect.

Step 5.   

Click Save.

Step 6.    

Click Wireless > Wireless Security. Select WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, and Encryption AES. Input the password testtplink in the PSK Password field. Then click Save. The security settings on the range extender must be the same as the root router.

If you’re unsure of the correct security information, contact your router’s technical support.

The range extender should now be working properly with the root router.

How to Confirm:

Click System Tools > Diagnostic. Then, type in the root router’s IP in the IP address (or IP address/Domain Name) bar. Then, click Start.

Step 7. 

Set the computer to obtain the IP address automatically.

If the Ping is not successful, check all above settings carefully, or contact TP-Link support for help.

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