Before your start
Which mode do you need? Please refer to the table to choose a proper mode.
11AC Wireless Gigabit Access Point
AP300 / AP500
You want to convert your wired (Ethernet) network to a
wireless network.
AP Mode (Default Mode)
You are in a Wi-Fi dead-zone or a place with weak wireless
signal. You want to have a greater effective range of the
wireless signal throughout your home or office.
Repeater/Bridge Mode
You have a wired device with an Ethernet port and no wireless
capability, for example, a Smart TV, Media Player, or game
console. You want to connect it to the Internet wirelessly.
Client Mode
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Quick
Installation Guide
Operating Modes
Configure the AP Device
Note: AP500 is used for demonstration in this installation guide.
AP Mode (Default)
The AP device transforms your wired network into wireless.
Internet
AP500’s SSID
Wired Router
B
A
1. Connect the AP device according to steps A to D in the diagram.
2. Turn on the power and wait until the Power ( ) and Wireless ( & ) LEDs are lit and
stable, use the default SSID and Password printed on the product label to join the AP
device’s Wi-Fi network.
Note: You can enjoy the Internet surfing now. For your wireless network security, it is recommended to change the
default SSID (network name) and the password of your Wi-Fi network. To do so, perform the following steps.
C
D
4. Click Quick Setup, then select Access Point mode and click Next. Follow the
step-by-step on-screen instructions to complete the configuration.
Now, reconnect your wireless devices to the new Wi-Fi network.
Enjoy!
3. Launch a web browser and enter http://tplinkap.net, then log in using admin (all
lowercase) for both Username and Password.
Repeater/Bridge Mode
The AP device extends the range of an existing Wi-Fi network.
Internet
Host AP’s SSID
AP500’s SSID
Host AP
A
1. Connect the AP device according to steps A and B in the diagram.
2. Turn on the power and wait until the Power ( ) and Wireless ( &
) LEDs are lit and
stable, use the default SSID and Password printed on the product label to join the AP
device’s Wi-Fi network.
3. Launch a web browser and enter http://tplinkap.net, then log in using admin (all lowercase)
for both Username and Password.
4. Click Quick Setup, then select Repeater/Bridge mode and click Next. Follow the
step-by-step on-screen instructions to complete the configuration.
B
5. Relocate the AP device to a good place. For details, you can refer to Q5 in Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ).
Now, connect your wireless devices to the Wi-Fi network using the AP device’s SSID and
password.
Enjoy!
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Scenarios
Client Mode
The AP device functions as a wireless adapter to connect the wired device (e.g. Xbox/TV) to a wireless network.
Internet
Other
Device
Host AP’s SSID
or
TV
or
Host AP
B
A
1. Connect the device according to the steps A and B in the diagram.
2. Turn on the power and wait until the Power (
5. Click Quick Setup, then select Client mode and click Next. Follow the step-by-step
on-screen instructions to complete the configuration.
) LED is lit and stable.
3. Connect your computer or smart device to the AP device via a wired or wireless connection.
The default SSID and wireless password are printed on the product label.
Now, connect your wired-only device to the AP device using an Ethernet cable.
4. Launch a web browser and enter http://tplinkap.net, then log in using admin (all lowercase)
for both Username and Password.
Enjoy!
Hardware Information
LED:
Default Wireless Network Information:
LED
Status
Indication
Power
On
Off
Blinking
The device is on.
The device is off.
The device is initializing or upgrading.
The default case-sensitive SSIDs (Network Names) and Wireless Password/PIN are printed
on the product label.
AP/Multi-SSID mode
On
Off
2.4GHz and 5GHz
Ethernet
The 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless are working properly.
The 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless are disabled.
Repeater/Bridge/Client mode
On
Off
The host AP's 2.4GHz or 5GHz network is selected.
The host AP's 2.4GHz or 5GHz network is not selected.
On
Off
A device is connected to the Ethernet port.
No device is connected to the Ethernet port.
Slow blinking
On
Quick blinking
WPS connection is in process.
WPS connection is successful.
WPS connection fails.
LED Button:
Press this button to turn on or turn off the LEDs.
WPS operation indicator
WPS/Signal Strength
Signal strength indicator (Repeater/Bridge/Client mode)
Solid blue
Solid orange
Off
The signal strength is good.
The signal strength is too weak.
The device is disconnected from the host network.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q1. How do I restore the AP device to its factory default settings?
With the device powered on, use a pin to press and hold the Reset button for
five seconds until the Power LED starts blinking, then release the button.
Q3. How do I recover the AP device’s web management password or
retrieve my Wi-Fi password?
• If you forget the password required to access the AP device's web
management page and your Wi-Fi password, you must restore the AP
device to its factory default settings.
• The Best Way is Halfway
Generally, the ideal location for the repeater is halfway between your
wireless router and your wireless clients. If that is not possible, place it
closer to your wireless router to ensure stable performance.
• If your forget your Wi-Fi password, but are able to access the AP
device's management interface, connect a computer or mobile device
to the AP device via wired or wireless. Log in and go to Advanced >
Wireless > Basic Settings to retrieve or reset your Wi-Fi password.
Q4. What can I do if my wireless is not stable?
It may be caused by too much interference, you can try the following
methods:
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Note: Upon resetting, all previous configurations will be cleared, and the AP device will reset
to the default AP Mode.
Q2. What can I do if the login window does not appear?
• Change the computer's static IP address to obtain an IP address
automatically.
• Verify if http://tplinkap.net or http://192.168.0.254 is correctly entered in
the web browser.
• Use another web browser and try again.
• Reboot your AP device and try again.
• Power off your host AP and enter http://tplinkap.net into the web browser
to try again.
• Set your wireless channel to a different channel.
• Move the AP device to a new location away from Bluetooth devices and
other household electronics, such as cordless phone, microwave, and baby
monitor, etc., to minimize signal interference.
Q5. What can I do to maximize my signal strength in Repeater/Bridge mode?
When choosing an ideal location to optimize wireless signal in Repeater/
Bridge mode, please use the following recommendations.
• Less Obstacles Ensure Better Performance
Choose a location with less obstacles that may block the signal between
the AP device and the host network. An open corridor or a spacious
location is ideal.
• Less Interference Provides More Stability
Choose a location away from Bluetooth devices and other household
electronics, such as cordless phone, microwave, and baby monitor, etc.,
to minimize signal interference.