Archer C50
AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Router
REV1.0.0
1910011764
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FCC STATEMENT
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off
and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/ TV technician for help.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
1) This device may not cause harmful interference.
2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Note: The manufacturer is not responsible for any radio or TV interference caused by
unauthorized modifications to this equipment. Such modifications could void the user’s authority
to operate the equipment.
FCC RF Radiation Exposure Statement:
This equipment complies with FCC RF radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled
environment. This device and its antenna must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with
any other antenna or transmitter.
“To comply with FCC RF exposure compliance requirements, this grant is applicable to only
Mobile Configurations. The antennas used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a
separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must not be co-located or operating in
conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.”
CE Mark Warning
This is a class B product. In a domestic environment, this product may cause radio interference, in
which case the user may be required to take adequate measures.
RF Exposure Information
This device meets the EU requirements (1999/5/EC Article 3.1a) on the limitation of exposure of
the general public to electromagnetic fields by way of health protection.
The device complies with RF specifications when the device used at 20 cm from your body.
Canadian Compliance Statement
This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSSs. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
1) This device may not cause interference, and
2) This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired
operation of the device.
Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d’Industrie Canada applicables aux appareils radio
exempts de licence. L’exploitation est autorisée aux deux conditions suivantes :
1) l’appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage;
l’utilisateur de l’appareil doit accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique subi, meme si le brouillage
est susceptible d’en compromettre le fonctionnement.
Radiation Exposure Statement:
This equipment complies with IC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled
environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 20cm
between the radiator & your body.
Declaration d'exposition aux radiations:
Cet équipement est conforme aux limites d'exposition aux rayonnements IC établies pour un
environnement non contrôlé. Cet équipement doit être installé et utilisé avec un minimum de 20
cm de distance entre la source de rayonnement et votre corps.
Industry Canada Statement
CAN ICES-3 (B)/NMB-3(B)
Korea Warning Statements
당해 무선설비는 운용중 전파혼신 가능성이 있음.
NCC Notice & BSMI Notice
注意!
依據 低功率電波輻射性電機管理辦法
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加大功率或變更原設計之特性或功能。
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停用,並改善至無干擾時方得繼續使用。前項合法通信,指依電信規定作業之無線電信。低功率射
頻電機需忍受合法通信或工業、科學以及醫療用電波輻射性電機設備之干擾。
減少電磁波影響,請妥適使用。
安全諮詢及注意事項

請使用原裝電源供應器或只能按照本產品注明的電源類型使用本產品。

清潔本產品之前請先拔掉電源線。請勿使用液體、噴霧清潔劑或濕布進行清潔。

注意防潮,請勿將水或其他液體潑灑到本產品上。

插槽與開口供通風使用,以確保本產品的操作可靠並防止過熱,請勿堵塞或覆蓋開口。

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
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Safety Information

When product has power button, the power button is one of the way to shut off the product;
when there is no power button, the only way to completely shut off power is to disconnect the
product or the power adapter from the power source.

Don’t disassemble the product, or make repairs yourself. You run the risk of electric shock
and voiding the limited warranty. If you need service, please contact us.

Avoid water and wet locations.

Adapter shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible. The plug
considered as disconnect device of adapter.

Use only power supplies which are provided by manufacturer and in the original
packing of this product. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
For EU/EFTA, this product can be used in the following countries:
AT
BE
BG
CH
CY
CZ
DE
DK
EE
ES
FI
FR
GB
GR
HR
HU
IE
IS
IT
LI
LT
LU
LV
MT
NL
NO
PL
PT
RO
SE
SI
SK
Explanation of the symbols on the product label
Symbol
Explanation
DC voltage
RECYCLING
This product bears the selective sorting symbol for Waste electrical and electronic
equipment (WEEE). This means that this product must be handled pursuant to
European directive 2012/19/EU in order to be recycled or dismantled to minimize
its impact on the environment.
User has the choice to give his product to a competent recycling organization or to
the retailer when he buys a new electrical or electronic equipment.
CONTENTS
Package Contents .................................................................................................... 1
Chapter 1.
Introduction ......................................................................................... 2
1.1
Overview of the Router .................................................................................................2
1.2
Conventions ..................................................................................................................3
1.3
Main Features ...............................................................................................................3
1.4
Panel Layout .................................................................................................................4
1.4.1
The Front Panel ................................................................................................4
1.4.2
The Rear Panel .................................................................................................5
Chapter 2.
Connecting the router ........................................................................ 7
2.1
System Requirements ..................................................................................................7
2.2
Installation Environment Requirements ........................................................................7
2.3
Connecting the Router ..................................................................................................7
Chapter 3.
Quick Installation Guide ................................................................... 10
3.1
TCP/IP Configuration ..................................................................................................10
3.2
Quick Installation Guide ..............................................................................................12
Chapter 4.
Configuring the router ...................................................................... 23
4.1
Login ...........................................................................................................................23
4.2
Status ..........................................................................................................................23
4.3
Quick Setup ................................................................................................................25
4.4
Network .......................................................................................................................25
4.4.1
WAN ................................................................................................................25
4.4.2
LAN .................................................................................................................35
4.4.3
MAC Clone ......................................................................................................36
4.5
Dual Band Selection ...................................................................................................36
4.6
Wireless 2.4GHz .........................................................................................................37
4.7
4.6.1
Basic Settings .................................................................................................37
4.6.2
WPS ................................................................................................................40
4.6.3
Wireless Security ............................................................................................42
4.6.4
Wireless MAC Filtering ...................................................................................46
4.6.5
Wireless Advanced .........................................................................................48
4.6.6
Wireless Statistics ...........................................................................................49
Wireless 5GHz ............................................................................................................50
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4.7.1
Basic Settings .................................................................................................50
4.7.2
WPS ................................................................................................................53
4.7.3
Wireless Security ............................................................................................55
4.7.4
Wireless MAC Filtering ...................................................................................59
4.7.5
Wireless Advanced .........................................................................................61
4.7.6
Wireless Statistics ...........................................................................................62
4.8
Guest Network ............................................................................................................63
4.9
DHCP ..........................................................................................................................64
4.9.1
DHCP Settings ................................................................................................64
4.9.2
DHCP Clients List ...........................................................................................65
4.9.3
Address Reservation ......................................................................................66
4.10 USB Settings...............................................................................................................67
4.10.1 USB Mass Storage .........................................................................................68
4.10.2 User Accounts .................................................................................................68
4.10.3 Storage Sharing ..............................................................................................69
4.10.4 FTP Server ......................................................................................................71
4.10.5 Media Server...................................................................................................73
4.10.6 Print Server .....................................................................................................75
4.11 NAT .............................................................................................................................75
4.12 Forwarding ..................................................................................................................76
4.12.1 Virtual Servers ................................................................................................76
4.12.2 Port Triggering ................................................................................................78
4.12.3 DMZ ................................................................................................................80
4.12.4 UPnP ...............................................................................................................80
4.13 Security .......................................................................................................................81
4.13.1 Basic Security .................................................................................................82
4.13.2 Advanced Security ..........................................................................................83
4.13.3 Local Management .........................................................................................85
4.13.4 Remote Management .....................................................................................85
4.14 Parent Control .............................................................................................................86
4.15 Access Control ............................................................................................................90
4.15.1 Rule .................................................................................................................90
4.15.2 Host .................................................................................................................92
4.15.3 Target ..............................................................................................................94
4.15.4 Schedule .........................................................................................................96
4.16 Advanced Routing ......................................................................................................98
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4.16.1 Static Route List ..............................................................................................99
4.16.2 System Routing Table ...................................................................................100
4.17 Bandwidth Control ....................................................................................................101
4.18 IP & MAC Binding .....................................................................................................102
4.18.1 Binding Settings ............................................................................................102
4.18.2 ARP List ........................................................................................................103
4.19 Dynamic DNS ...........................................................................................................104
4.19.1 No-ip.com DDNS ..........................................................................................104
4.19.2 Comexe.cn DDNS.........................................................................................105
4.19.3 Dyn.com/dns DDNS ......................................................................................106
4.20 IPv6 ...........................................................................................................................107
4.20.1 IPv6 Status ....................................................................................................108
4.20.2 IPv6 WAN......................................................................................................109
4.20.3 IPv6 LAN ....................................................................................................... 113
4.21 System Tools............................................................................................................. 114
4.21.1 Time Settings ................................................................................................ 114
4.21.2 Diagnostic ..................................................................................................... 116
4.21.3 Firmware Upgrade ........................................................................................ 118
4.21.4 Factory Defaults ............................................................................................ 119
4.21.5 Backup & Restore ......................................................................................... 119
4.21.6 Reboot...........................................................................................................120
4.21.7 Password ......................................................................................................120
4.21.8 System Log ...................................................................................................121
4.21.9 Statistics ........................................................................................................122
4.22 Logout .......................................................................................................................124
Appendix A: FAQ .................................................................................................. 125
Appendix B: Configuring the PC ......................................................................... 130
Appendix C: Specifications ................................................................................. 132
Appendix D: Glossary .......................................................................................... 133
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Package Contents
The following items should be found in your package:

Archer C50 AC 1200 Wireless Dual Band Router

DC Power Adapter for Archer C50 AC 1200 Wireless Dual Band Router

Quick Installation Guide
 Note:
Make sure that the package contains the above items. If any of the listed items are damaged or
missing, please contact your distributor.
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Chapter 1. Introduction
1.1
Overview of the Router
The Archer C50 AC 1200 Wireless Dual Band Router integrates 4-port Switch, Firewall, NAT-router
and Wireless AP. The AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Router delivers exceptional range and speed,
which can fully meet the need of Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) networks and the users
demanding higher networking performance. Your wireless connections are radio band selectable to
avoid interference in your area, and the four built-in Gigabit ports supply high-speed connection to
your wired devices.
Incredible Speed
The Archer C50 AC 1200 Wireless Dual Band Router provides up to 1200Mbps wireless connection
with other wireless clients. The incredible speed makes it ideal for handling multiple data streams at
the same time, which ensures your network stable and smooth. The performance of this 802.11ac
wireless router will give you the unexpected networking experience at speed much faster than
802.11n. It is also compatible with all IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g
products.
Multiple Security Protections
With multiple protection measures, including SSID broadcast control and wireless LAN 64/128-bit
WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2- PSK, WPA- PSK), as well as advanced Firewall
protections, the Archer C50 AC 1200 Wireless Dual Band Router provides complete data privacy.
Flexible Access Control
The Archer C50 AC 1200 Wireless Dual Band Router provides flexible access control, so that
parents or network administrators can establish restricted access policies for children or staff. It also
supports Virtual Server and DMZ host for Port Triggering, and then the network administrators can
manage and monitor the network in real time with the remote management function.
Simple Installation
Since the router is compatible with virtually all the major operating systems, it is very easy to
manage. Quick Setup Wizard is supported and detailed instructions are provided step by step in
this user guide. Before installing the router, please look through this guide to know all the router’s
functions.
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Conventions
The router or Archer C50 mentioned in this guide stands for Archer C50 AC 1200 Wireless Dual Band
Router without any explanation.
1.3
Main Features

Complies with IEEE 802.11ac.

One 10/100M Auto-Negotiation RJ45 Internet port, four 10/100M Auto-Negotiation RJ45
Ethernet ports, supporting Auto MDI/MDIX.
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Provides USB ports supporting storage/FTP/Media/Print Server.

Provides WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK authentication, TKIP/AES encryption security.

Shares data and Internet access for users, supporting Dynamic IP/ Static IP/ PPPoE/ PPTP/
L2TP/ BigPond Internet access.

Supports simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz connections for 1200Mbps of total available
bandwidth.

Supports Virtual Server, Special Application and DMZ host.

Supports UPnP, Dynamic DNS, Static Routing.

Provides Automatic-connection and Scheduled Connection on certain time to the Internet.

Built-in NAT and DHCP server supporting static IP address distributing.

Supports Parent Control and Access Control.

Connects Internet on demand and disconnects from the Internet when idle for PPPoE.

Provides 64/128-bit WEP encryption security and wireless LAN ACL (Access Control List).

Supports Flow Statistics.

Supports IPv6.

Supports firmware upgrade and Web management.
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Panel Layout
1.4.1
The Front Panel
The router’s LEDs are located on the front panel (View from left to right).
Name
Status
Off
(Power)
(2.4G Wireless)
(5G Wireless)
(Internet)
(Ethernet)
(USB)
(WPS)
Flashing
Indication
Power is off.
The router is booting or upgrading.
On
Power is on.
Off
2.4G wireless is disabled.
On
2.4G wireless is working properly.
Off
5G wireless is disabled.
On
5G wireless is working properly.
Off
The Internet connection is not available.
Yellow-green
The Internet port is connected, and the Internet is
accessible.
Orange
The Internet port is connected, but the Internet is
inaccessible.
Off
No device is connected to the Ethernet ports.
On
At least one device has connected to the Ethernet ports.
Off
No storage device or printer is plugged into the USB port.
Flashing
A plugged-in storage device or printer is being recognized.
On
The storage device has been successfully recognized.
Slow Flash
A wireless device is connecting to the network by WPS
function. This process will last in the first 2 minutes.
On
A wireless device has been successfully added to the
network by WPS function.
Quick Flash
A wireless device failed to be added to the network by WPS
function.
 Note:
1.
After a device is successfully added to the network by WPS function, the WPS LED will keep
on for about 5 minutes and then turn off.
2.
The router is set to work concurrently in 2.4GHz and 5GHz by default. If you desire to choose
the working frequency, please go to 4.5 Dual Band Selection.
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The Rear Panel
The following parts are located on the rear panel (View from left to right).

WPS/Reset:
Pressing this button for less than 5 seconds enables the WPS function. If your client devices,
such as wireless adapters, support Wi-Fi Protected Setup, then you can press this button to
quickly establish a connection between the router and client devices and automatically
configure wireless security for your wireless network.
Pressing this button for more than 5 seconds enables the Reset function. With the router
powered on, press and hold the WPS/Reset button (approximately 8 seconds) until all LEDs
are lit. And then release the button and wait for the router to reboot to its factory default
settings.

Wi-Fi: The button for the wireless function.

Internet: This port is where you will connect the DSL/cable Modem, or Ethernet.
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Ethernet (1, 2, 3, 4): These ports (1, 2, 3, 4) connect the router to the local PC(s).

USB: The USB port connects to a USB storage device or a USB printer.

Power On/Off: The switch for the power.

Power: The Power socket is where you will connect the power adapter. Please use the
power adapter provided with this Archer C50 AC 1200 Wireless Dual Band Router.

Wireless antenna: To receive and transmit the wireless data.
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Chapter 2. Connecting the router
2.1
System Requirements

Broadband Internet Access Service (DSL/Cable/Ethernet)

One DSL/Cable Modem that has an RJ45 connector (which is not necessary if the router is
connected directly to the Ethernet)

PCs with a working Ethernet Adapter and an Ethernet cable with RJ45 connectors

TCP/IP protocol on each PC

Web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari
2.2
Installation Environment Requirements

Place the router in a well-ventilated place far from any heater or heating vent

Avoid direct irradiation of any strong light (such as sunlight)

Keep at least 2 inches (5 cm) of clear space around the router

Operating Temperature: 0℃~40℃ (32℉~104℉)

Operating Humidity: 10%~90%RH, Non-condensing
2.3
Connecting the Router
Before installing the router, make sure your PC is connected to the Internet through the
broadband service successfully. If there is any problem, please contact your ISP. After that, please
install the router according to the following steps. Don't forget to pull out the power plug and keep
your hands dry.
1.
Power off your modem (if the modem has a backup battery, please remove it too.), and
disconnect your existing router if you have one.
2.
Connect the Internet port on your router to the modem’s LAN port with an Ethernet cable.
3.
Connect your computer to one of the Ethernet ports labeled 1~4 on the router with an
Ethernet cable. Or connect your computer to the router wirelessly by using the default
network name (SSID) and password printed on the product label at the bottom of the router.
4.
Power on the modem and wait for 2 minutes.
5.
Then plug the provided power adapter into the Power jack and the other end to a standard
electrical wall socket. Press the Power On/Off button to power on the router. (Before you
power on the router, please make sure your computer is NOT connected to any other
wireless network.)
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Wall Socket
Wall Socket
Internet
Modem
4 1
5
2
Computer
3
X
ØD
X>=20mm
∅8
1.2
105
2.5
∅3.5
 Note:
The diameter of the screw ranges from 3.5 mm to 8 mm, and the distance between two screws is
105 mm. The screw that projects from the wall needs around 4.5 mm base, and the length of the
screw needs to be at least 20 mm to withstand the weight of the product.
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 Note:
If you want to use the router to share files or printer, plug the USB storage device to the USB port
or connect the printer to the router with a matching cable.
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Chapter 3. Quick Installation Guide
This chapter will show you how to configure the basic functions of your AC1200 Wireless Dual
Band Router using Quick Setup Wizard within minutes.
3.1
TCP/IP Configuration
The default IP address of the router is 192.168.0.1 and the default Subnet Mask is 255.255.255.0.
These values can be changed as you desire. In this guide, we use all the default values for
description.
Connect the local PC to the Ethernet ports of the router and then you can configure the IP address
for your PC by the following method: Set up the TCP/IP Protocol in "Obtain an IP address
automatically" mode on your PC. If you need instructions as to how to do this, please refer to
Appendix B: Configuring the PC. Then the built-in DHCP server will assign IP address for the PC.
Now, you can run the Ping command in the command prompt to verify the network connection
between your PC and the router. The following example is in Windows XP OS.
Open a command prompt, and type ping 192.168.0.1, and then press Enter.

If the result displayed is similar to the following figure, it means the connection between your
PC and the router has been established well.

If the result displayed is similar to following figure, it means the connection between your PC
and the router failed.
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Please check the connection following these steps:
1.
Is the connection between your PC and the router correct?
 Note:
The Ethernet LED on the router and LEDs on your PC's adapter should be lit.
2.
Is the TCP/IP configuration for your PC correct?
 Note:
If the router's IP address is 192.168.0.1, your PC's IP address must be within the range of
192.168.0.2 ~ 192.168.0.254.
3.
Is the default LAN IP of the router correct?
 Note:
If the LAN IP of the modem connected with your router is 192.168.0.x, the default LAN IP of the
router will automatically switch from 192.168.0.1 to 192.168.1.1 to avoid IP conflict. Therefore, in
order to verify the network connection between your PC and the router, you can open a command
prompt, and type ping 192.168.1.1, and then press Enter.
3.2
Quick Installation Guide
With a Web-based utility, it is easy to configure and manage the AC1200 Wireless Dual Band
Router. The Web-based utility can be used on any Windows, Macintosh or UNIX OS with a Web
browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari.
1.
To access the configuration utility, open a web-browser and type in the default IP address
http://tplinkwifi.net in the address field.
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After a moment, a login window will appear, similar to the following figure. Enter admin for the
User Name and Password, both in lower case letters. Then click the Login button or press
the Enter key.
 Note:
If the above screen does not pop up, it means that your Web-browser has been set to a proxy.
Go to Tools menu>Internet Options>Connections>LAN Settings, in the screen that appears,
cancel the Using Proxy checkbox, and click OK to finish it.
2.
After successful login, the Quick Setup page will appear for you to quickly configure your
router.
3.
Click Next, and then WAN Connection Type page will appear, shown in the following figure.
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The router provides Auto-Detect function and supports five types of WAN connection:
Dynamic IP, Static IP, PPPoE/Russian PPPoE, L2TP/Russian L2TP, and PPTP/Russian
PPTP. It’s recommended that you make use of the Auto-Detect function. If you are sure of
what kind of connection type your ISP provides, you can select the very type and click Next to
go on configuring.
4.
If you select Auto-Detect, the router will automatically detect the connection type your ISP
provides. Make sure the cable is securely plugged into the Internet port before detection. The
appropriate configuration page will be displayed when an active Internet service is
successfully detected by the router.
 Note:
If Auto-Detect fails, you can select the connection type your ISP provides in the figure above,
and follow the configuring procedures below to continue.
1) If the connection type detected is Dynamic IP, there will appear the MAC Clone page (as
shown in the following figure). In most cases, there is no need to clone the MAC address.
You can select “No, I do NOT need to clone MAC address” and then click Next. If it is
necessary in your case, please select “Yes, I need to clone MAC address” and then
click Next.
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2) If the connection type detected is Static IP, the next screen will appear as shown in the
following figure. Configure the following parameters and then click Next to continue.

IP Address - This is the WAN IP address as seen by external users on the Internet
(including your ISP). Your ISP will provide you with the IP address you need to enter
here. Enter the IP address into the field.

Subnet Mask - The Subnet Mask is used for the WAN IP address. Your IPS will provide
you with the subnet mask which is usually 255.255.255.0.

Default Gateway - Your ISP will provide you with the Gateway address which is the ISP
server’s address. Enter the gateway IP address into the box if required.

Primary DNS Server - Enter the DNS Server IP address into the box if required.

Secondary DNS Server-(Optional) If your ISP provides another DNS server, enter it
into this field.
3) If the connection type detected is PPPoE/Russia PPPoE, the next screen will appear as
shown in the following figure. Configure the following parameters and then click Next to
continue.
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User Name/Password - Enter the User Name and Password provided by your ISP.
These fields are case-sensitive. If you have difficulty with this process, please contact
your ISP.

Confirm Password - Enter the password again to make sure that the password is
correct.

Secondary Connection - It’s available only for PPPoE Connection. If your ISP provides an
extra Connection type such as Dynamic/Static IP to connect to a local area network, then you
can check the radio button of Dynamic/Static IP to activate this secondary connection.

Disabled - The Secondary Connection is disabled by default, so there is PPPoE
connection only. This is recommended.

Dynamic IP - You can check this radio button to use Dynamic IP as the secondary
connection to connect to the local area network provided by ISP.

Static IP - You can check this radio button to use Static IP as the secondary connection
to connect to the local area network provided by ISP.
4) If your connection type is L2TP/ Russia L2TP, select L2TP/Russia L2TP and the next
screen will appear as shown in the following figure.Configure the following parameters
and then click Next to continue.

Username/Password - Enter the Username and Password provided by your ISP.
These fields are case-sensitive. If you have difficulty with this process, please contact
your ISP.
Select Static IP if the IP Address/ Subnet Mask/ Gateway and DNS server address have
been provided by your ISP. Then please enter server IP address or domain name provided by
your ISP, and also enter the corresponding parameters.
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Select Dynamic IP if none of the above parameters are provided. Then you just need to enter
server IP address or domain name provided by your ISP.
5) If your connection type is PPTP/Russia PPTP, select PPTP/Russia PPTP and the next
screen will appear as shown in the following figure. Configure the following parameters
and then click Next to continue.

Username/Password - Enter the Username and Password provided by your ISP.
These fields are case-sensitive. If you have difficulty with this process, please contact
your ISP.
Select Static IP if the IP Address/ Subnet Mask/ Gateway and DNS server address have
been provided by your ISP. Then please enter server IP address or domain name provided by
your ISP, and also enter the corresponding parameters.
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Select Dynamic IP if none of the above parameters are provided. Then you just need to enter
server IP address or domain name provided by your ISP.
5.
After finishing the WAN Connection Type selection, the Dual Band Selection page will
appear as shown in the following figure. Here we take “2.4GHz and 5GHz” for example. Click
Next to continue.

2.4GHz - You can use the 2.4GHz band to connect to many classic wireless devices like
gaming consoles, laptops, DVRs, etc.

5GHz - This band is less crowded and is used for time-sensitive music, video streaming
or gaming. Using this band can avoid interference with 2.4GHz networks or noisy
devices like cordless phones and microwave ovens.
6.
Configure the basic parameters for 2.4GHz wireless network in the following screen as
shown in the following figure, and then click Next.
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Wireless Network Name - Also called the SSID (Service Set Identification). Enter a
value of up to 32 characters. The same name must be assigned to all wireless devices
in your network. The default SSID is set to be TP-LINK_XXXX. This value is

Security

Enable Security (WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK) – It’s selected by default, with the
default PSK password the same as the default PIN code.

Disable Wireless Security - The wireless security function can be enabled or
disabled. If disabled, the wireless stations will be able to connect the router without
encryption.
The above settings are only for basic wireless parameters. For advanced settings, please
check “More Advanced Wireless Settings”, and then you can set the following parameters.

Band - This field displayed the operating frequency being configured.

Mode - This field determines the wireless mode which the router works on.

11bg mixed - Select if you are using both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless clients.

11bgn mixed - Select if you are using a mix of 802.11b, 11g, and 11n wireless
clients.
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Channel Width - Select any channel width from the drop-down list. The default setting
is “Auto”, which can adjust the channel width for your clients automatically.

Channel - This field determines which operating frequency will be used. It is not
necessary to change the wireless channel unless you notice interference problems with
another nearby access point. If you select “Auto”, then the AP will select the best
channel automatically.
7.
Configure the basic parameters for 5GHz wireless network in the following screen as shown
in the following figure, and then click Next.

Wireless Network Name - Also called the SSID (Service Set Identification). Enter a value of
up to 32 characters. The same name must be assigned to all wireless devices in your
network. The default SSID is set to be TP-LINK_XXXX_5G. This value is case-sensitive. For
example, TEST is NOT the same as test.

Security

Enable Security (WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK) – It’s selected by default, with the
default PSK password the same as the default PIN code.

Disable Security - The wireless security function can be enabled or disabled. If
disabled, the wireless stations will be able to connect the router without encryption.
The above settings are only for basic wireless parameters. For advanced settings, please
check “More Advanced Wireless Settings”, and then you can set the following parameters.

Band - This field displayed the operating frequency being configured.
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Mode - This field determines the wireless mode which the router works on.

11an mixed - Select if you are using both 802.11a and 802.11n wireless clients.

11a/n/ac mixed – Select if you are using 802.11a, 802.11n and 802.11ac wireless
clients.

Channel Width - Select any channel width from the drop-down list. The default setting
is “Auto”, which can adjust the channel width for your clients automatically.

Channel - This field determines which operating frequency will be used. It is not
necessary to change the wireless channel unless you notice interference problems with
another nearby access point. If you select “Auto”, then the AP will select the best
channel automatically.
8.
Confirm the parameters and click the Save button to make the settings take effect.
9.
Click the Finish button to complete the Quick Setup.
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Chapter 4. Configuring the router
This chapter will show each key function of the Web page and its configuration method.
4.1
Login
After your successful login, you will see the main menus on the left of the Web-based utility. On the
right, there are the corresponding explanations and instructions.
The detailed explanations for each Web page’s key function are listed below.
4.2
Status
The Status page provides the current status information about the router. All information is
read-only.
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Quick Setup
Please refer to 3.2 Quick Installation Guide.
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Network
There are three submenus under the Network menu: WAN, LAN and MAC Clone. Click any of
them, and you will be able to configure the corresponding function.
4.4.1
WAN
Choose menu “Network → WAN”, you can configure the IP parameters of the WAN on the
screen below.
1.
If your ISP provides the DHCP service, please choose Dynamic IP type, and the router will
automatically get IP parameters from your ISP. You can see the page as follows:
This page displays the WAN IP parameters assigned dynamically by your ISP, including IP
address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, etc. Click the Renew button to renew the IP
parameters from your ISP. Click the Release button to release the IP parameters.
If you want to do some advanced configurations, please click the Advanced button.

MTU(Bytes) - The normal MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) value for most Ethernet
networks is 1500 Bytes. It is not recommended that you change the default MTU size unless
required by your ISP.
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Enable IGMP Proxy - IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol) is used to manage
multicasting on TCP/IP networks. Some ISPs use IGMP to perform remote configuration for
client devices, such as the modem router. The default value is enabled, and if you are not
sure, please contact your ISP or just leave it.

Get IP with Unicast - A few ISPs' DHCP servers do not support the broadcast applications. If
you cannot get the IP Address normally, you can choose this option. (It is rarely required.)

Set DNS server manually - If your ISP gives you one or two DNS addresses, select Set
DNS server manually and enter the primary and secondary addresses into the correct fields.
Otherwise, the DNS servers will be assigned automatically from your ISP.
 Note:
If you find error when you go to a website after entering the DNS addresses, it is likely that
your DNS servers are set up improperly. You should contact your ISP to get DNS server
addresses.

Host Name - This option specifies the Host Name of the router.
Click the Save button to save your settings.
2.
If your ISP provides a static or fixed IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway and DNS setting,
select Static IP. The Static IP settings page will appear, shown in the following figure.

IP Address - Enter the IP address in dotted-decimal notation provided by your ISP.

Subnet Mask - Enter the subnet Mask in dotted-decimal notation provided by your ISP,
usually is 255.255.255.0.
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Gateway - (Optional) Enter the gateway IP address in dotted-decimal notation provided by
your ISP.

Primary DNS Server/Secondary DNS Server- (Optional) Enter one or two DNS addresses
in dotted-decimal notation provided by your ISP.

MTU (Bytes) - The normal MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) value for most Ethernet
networks is 1500 Bytes. It is not recommended that you change the default MTU size unless
required by your ISP.

Enable IGMP Proxy - IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol) is used to manage
multicasting on TCP/IP networks. Some ISPs use IGMP to perform remote configuration for
client devices, such as the modem router. The default value is enabled, and if you are not
sure, please contact your ISP or just leave it.
Click the Save button to save your settings.
3.
If your ISP provides a PPPoE connection, select PPPoE/Russia PPPoE option. And you
should enter the following parameters as follows:

Username/Password - Enter the User Name and Password provided by your ISP. These
fields are case-sensitive.
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Secondary Connection - It’s available only for PPPoE Connection. If your ISP provides an
extra Connection type such as Dynamic/Static IP to connect to a local area network, then you
can check the radio button of Dynamic/Static IP to activate this secondary connection.

Disabled - The Secondary Connection is disabled by default, so there is PPPoE
connection only. This is recommended.

Dynamic IP - You can check this radio button to use Dynamic IP as the secondary
connection to connect to the local area network provided by ISP.

Static IP - You can check this radio button to use Static IP as the secondary connection
to connect to the local area network provided by ISP.

Always on - In this mode, the Internet connection will be active all the time.

Connect on Demand - In this mode, the Internet connection can be terminated automatically
after a specified inactivity period (Max Idle Time) and be re-established when you attempt to
access the Internet again. If you want your Internet connection keeps active all the time,
please enter “0” in the Max Idle Time field. Otherwise, enter the number of minutes you want
to have elapsed before your Internet access disconnects.

Connect Manually - You can click the Connect/Disconnect button to connect/disconnect
immediately. This mode also supports the Max Idle Time function as Connect on Demand
mode. The Internet connection can be disconnected automatically after a specified inactivity
period and re-established when you attempt to access the Internet again.
Click the Connect button to connect immediately. Click the Disconnect button to disconnect
immediately.
Caution: Sometimes the connection cannot be terminated although you specify a time to Max Idle
Time because some applications are visiting the Internet continually in the background.
If you want to do some advanced configurations, please click the Advanced button, and the page
shown in the following figure will then appear:
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Service Name/Server Name - The service name and server name should not be configured
unless you are sure it is necessary for your ISP. In most cases, leaving these fields blank will
work.

MTU(Bytes) - The default MTU size is “1480” bytes, which is usually fine. It is not
recommended that you change the default MTU Size unless required by your ISP.

Enable IGMP Proxy - IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol) is used to manage
multicasting on TCP/IP networks. Some ISPs use IGMP to perform remote configuration for
client devices, such as the modem router. The default value is enabled, and if you are not
sure, please contact your ISP or just leave it.
 Use IP address specified by ISP - If your ISP does not automatically assign IP addresses to
the router during login, please click “Use IP address specified by ISP” check box and enter
the IP address provided by your ISP in dotted-decimal notation.

Echo request interval - The router will detect Access Concentrator online at every interval.
The default value is “0”. You can input the value between “0” and “120”. The value “0” means
no detect.

Set DNS server manually - If your ISP does not automatically assign DNS addresses to the
router during login, please click “Set DNS server manually” check box and enter the IP
address of your ISP’s primary DNS server. If a secondary DNS server address is available,
enter it as well.
Click the Save button to save your settings.
4.
If your ISP provides BigPond Cable (or Heart Beat Signal) connection, please select
BigPond Cable. And you should enter the following parameters as follows:
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Username/Password - Enter the User Name and Password provided by your ISP. These
fields are case-sensitive.

Auth Server - Enter the authenticating server IP address or host name.

Auth Domain - Type in the domain suffix server name based on your location.
e.g.
NSW / ACT - nsw.bigpond.net.au
VIC / TAS / WA / SA / NT - vic.bigpond.net.au
QLD - qld.bigpond.net.au

MTU(Bytes)- The normal MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) value for most Ethernet
networks is 1500 Bytes. It is not recommended that you change the default MTU value unless
required by your ISP.

Enable IGMP Proxy - IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol) is used to manage
multicasting on TCP/IP networks. Some ISPs use IGMP to perform remote configuration for
client devices, such as the modem router. The default value is enabled, and if you are not
sure, please contact your ISP or just leave it.

Always on - In this mode, the Internet connection will be active all the time.

Connect on Demand - In this mode, the Internet connection can be terminated automatically
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access the Internet again. Enter the number of minutes you want to have elapsed before your
Internet access disconnects.

Connect Manually - You can click the Connect/Disconnect button to connect/disconnect
immediately. This mode also supports the Max Idle Time function as Connect on Demand
mode. The Internet connection can be disconnected automatically after a specified inactivity
period and re-established when you attempt to access the Internet again.
Click the Connect button to connect immediately. Click the Disconnect button to disconnect
immediately.
Caution: Sometimes the connection cannot be terminated although you specify a time to Max Idle
Time because some applications are visiting the Internet continually in the background.
Click the Save button to save your settings.
5.
If your ISP provides L2TP connection, please select L2TP/Russia L2TP option. And you
should enter the following parameters as follows:
6.

Username/Password - Enter the User Name and Password provided by your ISP. These
fields are case-sensitive.
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Addressing Type - Choose the addressing type given by your ISP, either Dynamic IP or
Static IP. Click the Connect button to connect immediately. Click the Disconnect button to
disconnect immediately.

MTU(Bytes) - The default MTU size is “1460” bytes, which is usually fine. It is not
recommended that you change the default MTU Size unless required by your ISP.

Enable IGMP Proxy - IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol) is used to manage
multicasting on TCP/IP networks. Some ISPs use IGMP to perform remote configuration for
client devices, such as the modem router. The default value is enabled, and if you are not
sure, please contact your ISP or just leave it.

Always on - In this mode, the Internet connection will be active all the time.

Connect on Demand - You can configure the router to disconnect from your Internet
connection after a specified period of inactivity (Max Idle Time). If your Internet connection
has been terminated due to inactivity, Connect on Demand enables the router to
automatically re-establish your connection as soon as you attempt to access the Internet
again. If you wish to activate Connect on Demand, check the radio button. If you want your
Internet connection to remain active at all times, enter 0 in the Max Idle Time field. Otherwise,
enter the number of minutes you want to have elapsed before your Internet connection
terminates.

Connect Manually - You can configure the router to make it connect or disconnect manually.
After a specified period of inactivity (Max Idle Time), the router will disconnect from your
Internet connection, and you will not be able to re-establish your connection automatically as
soon as you attempt to access the Internet again. To use this option, check the radio button. If
you want your Internet connection to remain active at all times, enter "0" in the Max Idle Time
field. Otherwise, enter the number of minutes that you wish to have the Internet connecting
last unless a new link is requested.
Caution: Sometimes the connection cannot be disconnected although you specify a time to Max
Idle Time, because some applications are visiting the Internet continually in the background.
Click the Save button to save your settings.
7.
If your ISP provides PPTP connection, please select PPTP/Russia PPTP option. And you
should enter the following parameters as follows:
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Username/Password - Enter the User Name and Password provided by your ISP. These
fields are case-sensitive.

Dynamic IP/ Static IP - Choose the addressing type given by your ISP, either Dynamic IP or
Static IP, and enter the ISP’s IP address or the domain name.
If you choose static IP and enter the domain name, you should also enter the DNS assigned
by your ISP. And click the Save button.
Click the Connect button to connect immediately. Click the Disconnect button to disconnect
immediately.

MTU(Bytes) The default MTU size is “1420” bytes, which is usually fine. It is not
recommended that you change the default MTU Size unless required by your ISP.

Enable IGMP Proxy - IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol) is used to manage
multicasting on TCP/IP networks. Some ISPs use IGMP to perform remote configuration for
client devices, such as the modem router. The default value is enabled, and if you are not
sure, please contact your ISP or just leave it.

Always on - In this mode, the Internet connection will be active all the time.
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Connect on Demand - You can configure the router to disconnect from your Internet
connection after a specified period of inactivity (Max Idle Time). If your Internet connection
has been terminated due to inactivity, Connect on Demand enables the router to
automatically re-establish your connection as soon as you attempt to access the Internet
again. If you wish to activate Connect on Demand, check the radio button. If you want your
Internet connection to remain active at all times, enter “0” in the Max Idle Time field.
Otherwise, enter the number of minutes you want to have elapsed before your Internet
connection terminates.

Connect Manually - You can configure the router to make it connect or disconnect manually.
After a specified period of inactivity (Max Idle Time), the router will disconnect from your
Internet connection, and you will not be able to re-establish your connection automatically as
soon as you attempt to access the Internet again. To use this option, click the radio button. If
you want your Internet connection to remain active at all times, enter "0" in the Max Idle Time
field. Otherwise, enter the number in minutes that you wish to have the Internet connecting
last unless a new link is requested.
Caution: Sometimes the connection cannot be disconnected although you specify a time to Max
Idle Time because some applications are visiting the Internet continually in the background.
Click the Save button to save your settings.
 Note:
If you don't know how to choose the appropriate connection type, click the Detect button to allow
the router to automatically search your Internet connection for servers and protocols. The
connection type will be reported when an active Internet service is successfully detected by the
router. This report is for your reference only. To make sure the connection type your ISP provides,
please refer to the ISP. The various types of Internet connections that the router can detect are as
follows:

PPPoE - Connections which use PPPoE that requires a user name and password.

Dynamic IP - Connections which use dynamic IP address assignment.

Static IP - Connections which use static IP address assignment.
The router cannot detect PPTP/L2TP/Big Pond connections with your ISP. If your ISP uses one
of these protocols, then you must configure your connection manually.
4.4.2
LAN
Choose menu “Network → LAN”, you can configure the IP parameters of the LAN on the screen
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below.

MAC Address - The physical address of the router, as seen from the LAN. The value can't
be changed.

IP Address - Enter the IP address of your router or reset it in dotted-decimal notation
(factory default: 192.168.0.1).

Subnet Mask - An address code that determines the size of the network. Normally use
255.255.255.0 as the subnet mask.

Enable IGMP Snooping –Check this box to enable IGMP. IGMP snooping is designed to
prevent hosts on a local network from receiving traffic for a multicast group they have not
explicitly joined. IGMP snooping is especially useful for bandwidth-intensive IP multicast
applications such as IPTV.
 Note:
1)
If you change the IP Address of LAN, you must use the new IP Address to log in the router.
2)
If the new LAN IP Address you set is not in the same subnet, the IP Address pool of the DHCP
server will change accordingly at the same time,while the Virtual Server and DMZ Host will
not take effect until they are re-configured.
4.4.3
MAC Clone
Choose menu “Network → MAC Clone”, you can configure the MAC address of the WAN on
the screen
below:
Some ISPs require that you register the MAC Address of your adapter. Changes are rarely
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WAN MAC Address - This field displays the current MAC address of the Internet port. If
your ISP requires you to register the MAC address, please enter the correct MAC address
into this field in XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX format (X is any hexadecimal digit).

Your PC's MAC Address - This field displays the MAC address of the PC that is managing
the router. If the MAC address is required, you can click the Clone MAC Address button
and this MAC address will fill in the WAN MAC Address field.
Click Restore Factory MAC to restore the MAC address of Internet port to the factory default
value. Click the Save button to save your settings.
 Note:
Only the PC on your LAN can use the MAC Address Clone function.
4.5
Dual Band Selection
Choose menu “Dual Band Selection”, and you can choose the working frequency for your router.
It is recommended that your computers and devices running video and voice applications use the
5GHz band, while your guest access and computers that are only browsing the web use the
2.4GHz band.

2.4GHz (802.11b/g/n) - Click the box, and then the router will only work in 2.4GHz frequency.
You can use the 2.4GHz band to connect to many classic wireless devices like gaming
consoles, laptops, DVRs, etc.

5GHz (802.11a/n/ac) - Click the box, and then the router will only work in 5GHz frequency.
This band is less crowded and is used for time-sensitive music, video streaming or gaming.
Using this band can avoid interference with 2.4GHz networks or noisy devices like cordless
phones and microwave ovens.
4.6
Wireless 2.4GHz
There are six submenus under the Wireless menu: Basic Settings, WPS, Wireless Security,
Wireless MAC Filtering, Wireless Advanced and Wireless Statistics. Click any of them, and
you will be able to configure the corresponding functions.
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Basic Settings
Choose menu “Wireless 2.4GHz → Basic Settings”, you can configure the basic settings for
the wireless network of 2.4GHz on this page.

Wireless Network Name - Also called the SSID (Service Set Identification). Enter a value of
up to 32 characters. The same name must be assigned to all wireless devices in your
network. Considering your wireless network security, the default SSID is set to be
TP-LINK_XXXX. This value is case-sensitive. For example, TEST is NOT the same as test.

Mode - Select the desired mode.

11bg mixed - Select if you are using both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless clients.

11bgn mixed - Select if you are using a mix of 802.11b, 11g, and 11n wireless clients. It
is strongly recommended that you set the Mode to 802.11bgn mixed, and all of
802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n wireless stations can connect to the router.

Channel - This field determines which operating frequency will be used. The default channel
is set to Auto, so the AP will choose the best channel automatically. It is not necessary to
change the wireless channel unless you notice interference problems with another nearby
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Channel Width - Select the channel width from the drop-down list. The default setting is
automatic, which can adjust the channel width for your clients automatically.
 Note:
If 11bg mixed is selected in the Mode field, the Channel Width selecting field will turn grey
and the value will become 20M, which is unable to be changed.

Enable SSID Broadcast - When wireless clients survey the local area for wireless networks
to associate with, they will detect the SSID broadcast by the router. If you select the Enable
SSID Broadcast checkbox, the Wireless router will broadcast its name (SSID) on the air.

Enable WDS - Check this box to enable WDS. With this function, the router can bridge two or
more WLANs. If this checkbox is selected, you will have to set the following parameters as
shown in the following figure. Make sure the following settings are correct.

SSID (to be bridged) - The SSID of the AP your router is going to connect to as a client.
You can also use the search function to select the SSID to join.

MAC Address (to be bridged) - The BSSID of the AP your router is going to connect to
as a client. You can also use the search function to select the BSSID to join.

Scan - Click this button, you can search the AP which runs in the current channel.

Key type - This option should be chosen according to the AP's security configuration. It
is recommended that the security type is the same as your AP's security type

WEP Index - This option should be chosen if the key type is WEP(ASCII) or WEP(HEX).
It indicates the index of the WEP key.

Authentication Type - This option should be chosen if the key type is WEP(ASCII) or
WEP(HEX). It indicates the authorization type of the Root AP.

Encryption - When WPA is set as the Authentication Type, you can select either TKIP
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Password - If the AP your router is going to connect needs password, you need to fill
the password in this blank.
4.6.2
WPS
Choose menu “Wireless 2.4GHz →WPS”, you can the screen as shown in the following figure.
This section will guide you to add a new wireless device to an existing network quickly by WPS
(Wi-Fi Protected Setup) function.

WPS - Enable or disable the WPS function here.

Current PIN - The current value of the router's PIN is displayed here. The default PIN of the
router can be found in the label or User Guide.

Restore PIN - Restore the PIN of the router to its default.

Generate New PIN - Click this button, and then you can get a new random value for the
router's PIN. You can ensure the network security by generating a new PIN.

Disable device PIN - If this box is checked, and then wireless clients will not be able to
connect to the wireless network with PIN code.

Add device - You can add a new device to the existing network manually by clicking this
button.
If the wireless adapter supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), you can establish a wireless
connection between wireless adapter and router using either Push Button Configuration (PBC)
method or PIN method.
 Note:
To build a successful connection by WPS, you should also do the corresponding configuration of
the new device for WPS function meanwhile.
I.
Use the Wi-Fi Protected Setup Button
Use this method if your client device has a WPS button.
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Step 1: Press the WPS/Reset button on the back panel of the router, as shown in the following
figure. You can also keep the default WPS status as Enabled and click the Add device
button in the figure above. Then choose “Press the button of the new device in two
minutes” and click Connect the following figure.、
Step 2: Press and hold the WPS button of the client device.
Step 3: The Wi-Fi Protected Setup LED flashes for two minutes during the Wi-Fi Protected Setup
process.
Step 4: When the WPS LED is on, the client device has successfully connected to the router.
II. Enter the client device’s PIN on the router
Use this method if your client device does not have the WPS button, but has a Wi-Fi Protected
Setup PIN number.
Step 1: Keep the default WPS status as Enabled and click the Add device button, then the
following figure will appear.
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Step 2: Enter the PIN number from the client device in the field on the WPS screen above. Then
click Connect button.
Step 3: “Connect successfully” will appear on the screen of the figure above, which means the
client device has successfully connected to the router.
III. Enter the router’s PIN on your client device
Use this method if your client device asks for the router’s PIN number.
Step 1: On the client device, enter the PIN number listed on the router’s Wi-Fi Protected Setup
screen (It is also labeled on the bottom of the router).
Step 2: The Wi-Fi Protected Setup LED flashes for two minutes during the Wi-Fi Protected
Setup process.
Step 3: When the WPS LED is on, the client device has successfully connected to the router.
 Note:
1) The WPS LED on the router will light green for five minutes if the device has been
successfully added to the network.
2) The WPS function cannot be configured if the Wireless Function of the router is disabled.
Please make sure the Wireless Function is enabled before configuring the WPS.
4.6.3
Wireless Security
Choose menu “Wireless 2.4GHz → Wireless Security”, you can configure the security settings
of your wireless network. There are five wireless security modes supported by the router:
WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, and WEP.
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Disable Wireless Security - If you do not want to use wireless security, check this radio
button. But it’s strongly recommended to choose one of the following modes to enable
security.

WPA/WPA2-Personal - It’s the WPA/WPA2 authentication type based on pre-shared
passphrase. The router is configured by this security type by default.
• Authentication Type - you can choose the version of the WPA-PSK security on the
drop-down list. The default setting is Auto, which can select WPA-PSK (Pre-shared key of
WPA) or WPA2-PSK (Pre-shared key of WPA) automatically based on the wireless
station's capability and request.
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• Encryption - When WPA-PSK or WPA is set as the Authentication Type, you can select
either Automatic, or TKIP or AES as Encryption.
 Note:
If you check the WPA/WPA2-Personal radio button and choose TKIP encryption, you will
find a notice in red as shown in the following figure.
• Wireless Password - You can enter ASCII characters between 8 and 63 characters or 8 to
64 Hexadecimal characters. The default password is the same with the default PIN code,
which is labeled on the bottom of the router.
• Group Key Update Period - Specify the group key update interval in seconds. The value
should be 30 or above. Enter 0 to disable the update.

WPA/WPA2- Enterprise - It’s based on Radius Server.
• Version - you can choose the version of the WPA security on the drop-down list. The
default setting is Automatic, which can select WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) or WPA2
(WPA version 2) automatically based on the wireless station's capability and request.
• Encryption - You can select either Automatic, or TKIP or AES.
 Note:
If you check the WPA/WPA2-Enterprise radio button and choose TKIP encryption, you will
find a notice in red as shown in the following figure.
• Radius Server IP - Enter the IP address of the Radius server.
• Radius Server Port - Enter the port number of the Radius server.
• Radius Server Password - Enter the password for the Radius server.
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• Group Key Update Period - Specify the group key update interval in seconds. The value
should be 30 or above. Enter 0 to disable the update.

WEP - It is based on the IEEE 802.11 standard. If you check this radio button, you will find a
notice in red as show in the following figure.
• Authentication Type - you can choose the type for the WEP security on the drop-down list.
The default setting is Auto, which can select Shared Key or Open System authentication
type automatically based on the wireless station's capability and request.
• WEP Key Format - Hexadecimal and ASCII formats are provided here. Hexadecimal
format stands for any combination of hexadecimal digits (0-9, a-f, A-F) in the specified
length. ASCII format stands for any combination of keyboard characters in the specified
length.
• WEP Key - Select which of the four keys will be used and enter the matching WEP key that
you create. Make sure these values are identical on all wireless stations in your network.
• Key Type - You can select the WEP key length (64-bit, or 128-bit, or 152-bit.) for
encryption. "Disabled" means this WEP key entry is invalid.
64-bit - You can enter 10 hexadecimal digits (any combination of 0-9, a-f, A-F, zero key is
not promoted) or 5 ASCII characters.
128-bit - You can enter 26 hexadecimal digits (any combination of 0-9, a-f, A-F, zero key is
not promoted) or 13 ASCII characters.
 Note:
If you do not set the key, the wireless security function is still disabled even if you have
selected Shared Key as Authentication Type.
Be sure to click the Save button to save your settings on this page.
4.6.4
Wireless MAC Filtering
Choose menu “Wireless 2.4GHz → Wireless MAC Filtering”, you can control the wireless
access by configuring the Wireless MAC Filtering function, shown in
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the following figure.
To filter wireless users by MAC Address, click Enable. The default setting is Disabled.

MAC Address - The wireless station's MAC address that you want to filter.

Status - The status of this entry, either Enabled or Disabled.

Host - The host network for the filtering rules.

Description - A simple description of the wireless station.
To Add a Wireless MAC Address filtering entry, click the Add New button. The "Add or Modify
Wireless MAC Address Filtering entry" page will appear, shown in the following figure:
To add or modify a MAC Address Filtering entry, follow these instructions:
1.
Enter the appropriate MAC Address into the MAC Address field. The format of the MAC
Address
is
XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
(X
is
any
hexadecimal
digit).
For
example:
00:0A:EB:B0:00:0B.
2.
Give a simple description for the wireless station in the Description field. For example:
Wireless station A.
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3.
Select Enabled or Disabled for this entry on the Status drop-down list.
4.
Click the Save button to save this entry.
To edit or delete an existing entry:
1.
Click the Edit in the entry you want to modify. If you want to delete the entry, click the Delete.
2.
Modify the information.
3.
Click the Save button.
Click the Enable Selected button to make selected entries enabled
Click the Disable Selected button to make selected entries disabled.
Click the Delete Selected button to delete selected l entries.
For example: If you desire that the wireless station A with MAC address 00:0A:EB:B0:00:0B and
the wireless station B with MAC address 00:0A:EB:00:07:5F are able to access the router, but all
the other wireless stations cannot access the router, you can configure the Wireless MAC Address
Filtering list by following these steps:
1. Click the Enable button to enable this function.
2. Select the radio button “Allow the entries specified by any enabled entries in the list to
access” for Filtering Rules.
3. Delete all or disable all entries if there are any entries already.
4. Click the Add New button.
1)
Enter the MAC address 00:0A:EB:B0:00:0B /00:0A:EB:00:07:5F in the MAC Address
field.
2)
Enter wireless station A/B in the Description field.
3)
Select Enabled in the Status drop-down list.
4)
Click the Save button.
The filtering rules that configured should be similar to the following list:
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Wireless Advanced
Choose menu “Wireless 2.4GHz → Wireless Advanced”, you can configure the advanced
settings of your wireless
network.

Transmit Power - Here you can specify the transmit power of router. You can select High,
Middle or Low which you would like. High is the default setting and is recommended.

Beacon Interval - Enter a value between 20-1000 milliseconds for Beacon Interval here.
The beacons are the packets sent by the router to synchronize a wireless network. Beacon
Interval value determines the time interval of the beacons. The default value is 100.
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RTS Threshold - Here you can specify the RTS (Request to Send) Threshold. If the packet
is larger than the specified RTS Threshold size, the router will send RTS frames to a
particular receiving station and negotiate the sending of a data frame. The default value is
2346.

Fragmentation Threshold - This value is the maximum size determining whether packets
will be fragmented. Setting the Fragmentation Threshold too low may result in poor network
performance because of excessive packets. 2346 is the default setting and is
recommended.

DTIM Interval - This value determines the interval of the Delivery Traffic Indication Message
(DTIM). A DTIM field is a countdown field informing clients of the next window for listening to
broadcast and multicast messages. When the router has buffered broadcast or multicast
messages for associated clients, it sends the next DTIM with a DTIM Interval value. You can
specify the value between 1-15 Beacon Intervals. The default value is 1, which indicates the
DTIM Interval is the same as Beacon Interval.

Enable Short GI - This function is recommended for it will increase the data capacity by
reducing the guard interval time.

Enabled AP Isolation - This function can isolate wireless stations on your network from
each other. Wireless devices will be able to communicate with the router but not with each
other. To use this function, check this box. AP Isolation is disabled by default.

Enable WMM - WMM function can guarantee the packets with high-priority messages being
transmitted preferentially. It is strongly recommended.
 Note:
If you are not familiar with the setting items in this page, it's strongly recommended to keep the
provided default values; otherwise it may result in lower wireless network performance.
4.6.6
Wireless Statistics
Choose menu “Wireless 2.4GHz → Wireless Statistics”, you can see the MAC Address,
Current Status, Received Packets and Sent Packets for each connected wireless station.

MAC Address - The connected wireless station's MAC address

Current Status - The running status of the connected wireless stations.
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Received Packets - Packets received by the station
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Sent Packets - Packets sent by the station
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You cannot change any of the values on this page. To update this page and to show the current
connected wireless stations, click on the Refresh button.
If the numbers of connected wireless stations go beyond one page, click the Next button to go to
the next page and click the Previous button to return the previous page.
 Note:
This page will be refreshed automatically every 5 seconds.
4.7
Wireless 5GHz
There are six submenus under the Wireless menu: Basic Settings, WPS, Wireless Security,
Wireless MAC Filtering, Wireless Advanced and Wireless Statistics. Click any of them, and
you will be able to configure the corresponding functions.
4.7.1
Basic Settings
Choose menu “Wireless 5GHz → Basic Settings”, you can configure the basic settings for the
wireless network of 5GHz on this page.
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Wireless Network Name - Also called the SSID (Service Set Identification). Enter a value of
up to 32 characters. The same name must be assigned to all wireless devices in your
network. Considering your wireless network security, the default SSID is set to be
TP-LINK_XXXX_5G. This value is case-sensitive. For example, TEST is NOT the same as
test.

Mode - Select the desired mode.

11an mixed - Select if you are using both 802.11a and 802.11n wireless clients. If you
set the Mode 11an mixed, all of 802.11a and 802.11n wireless stations can connect to
the router.

11a/n/ac mixed - Select if you are using a mix of 802.11a, 802.11n and 802.11ac
wireless clients. It is strongly recommended you set the Mode 11a/n/ac mixed, all of
802.11a, 802.11n and 802.11ac wireless stations can connect to the router.

Channel - This field determines which operating frequency will be used. The default channel
is set to Auto, so the router will choose the best channel automatically. It is not necessary to
change the wireless channel unless you notice interference problems with another nearby
access point.

Enable SSID Broadcast - When wireless clients survey the local area for wireless networks
to associate with, they will detect the SSID broadcast by the router. If you select the Enable
SSID Broadcast checkbox, the Wireless router will broadcast its name (SSID) on the air.

Enable WDS Bridging - Check this box to enable WDS. With this function, the router can
bridge two or more WLANs. If this checkbox is selected, you will have to set the following
parameters as shown in the following figure Make sure the following settings are correct.
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SSID (to be bridged) - The SSID of the AP your router is going to connect to as a client.
You can also use the search function to select the SSID to join.

MAC Address (to be bridged) - The BSSID of the AP your router is going to connect to
as a client. You can also use the search function to select the BSSID to join.

Scan - Click this button, you can search the AP which runs in the current channel.

Key type - This option should be chosen according to the AP's security configuration. It
is recommended that the security type is the same as your AP's security type

WEP Index - This option should be chosen if the key type is WEP(ASCII) or
WEP(HEX).It indicates the index of the WEP key.

Authentication Type - This option should be chosen if the key type is WEP(ASCII) or
WEP(HEX).It indicates the authorization type of the Root AP.

Encryption - When WPA is set as the Authentication Type, you can select either TKIP
or AES as Encryption.

Password - If the AP your router is going to connect needs password, you need to fill
the password in this blank.
4.7.2
WPS
Choose menu “Wireless 5GHz →WPS”, you can the screen as shown in the following figure.
This section will guide you to add a new wireless device to an existing network quickly by WPS
(Wi-Fi Protected Setup) function.
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
WPS - Enable or disable the WPS function here.

Current PIN - The current value of the router's PIN is displayed here. The default PIN of the
router can be found in the label or User Guide.

Restore PIN - Restore the PIN of the router to its default.

Generate New PIN - Click this button, and then you can get a new random value for the
router's PIN. You can ensure the network security by generating a new PIN.

Add device - You can add a new device to the existing network manually by clicking this
button.
If the wireless adapter supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), you can establish a wireless
connection between wireless adapter and router using either Push Button Configuration (PBC)
method or PIN method.
 Note:
To build a successful connection by WPS, you should also do the corresponding configuration of
the new device for WPS function meanwhile.
I.
Use the Wi-Fi Protected Setup Button
Use this method if your client device has a Wi-Fi Protected Setup button.
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Press the WPS/Reset button on the back panel of the router, as shown in the following figure. You
can also keep the default WPS status as Enabled and click the Add device button. Then choose
“Press the button of the new device in two minutes” and click Connect.
Step 1: Press and hold the WPS button of the client device directly.
Step 2: The Wi-Fi Protected Setup LED flashes for two minutes during the Wi-Fi Protected Setup
process.
Step 3: When the WPS LED is on, the client device has successfully connected to the router.
II. Enter the client device’s PIN on the router
Use this method if your client device does not have the WPS button, but has a Wi-Fi Protected
Setup PIN number.
Step 1: Keep the default WPS status as Enabled and click the Add device button, then the
following figure will appear.
Step 2: Enter the PIN number from the client device in the field on the above WPS screen. Then
click Connect button.
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Step 3: “Connect successfully” will appear on the screen, which means the client device has
successfully connected to the router.
III. Enter the router’s PIN on your client device
Use this method if your client device asks for the router’s PIN number.
Step 1: On the client device, enter the PIN number listed on the router’s Wi-Fi Protected Setup
screen (It is also labeled on the bottom of the router).
Step 2: The Wi-Fi Protected Setup LED flashes for two minutes during the Wi-Fi Protected Setup
process.
Step 3: When the WPS LED is on, the client device has successfully connected to the router.
 Note:
1)
The WPS LED on the router will light green for five minutes if the device has been
successfully added to the network.
2)
The WPS function cannot be configured if the Wireless Function of the router is disabled.
Please make sure the Wireless Function is enabled before configuring the WPS.
4.7.3
Wireless Security
Choose menu “Wireless 5GHz → Wireless Security”, you can configure the security settings of
your wireless network.
There are five wireless security modes supported by the router: WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal,
WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, and WEP.
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Disable Security - If you do not want to use wireless security, check this radio button. But it’s
strongly recommended to choose one of the following modes to enable security.

WPA/WPA2-Personal - It’s the WPA/WPA2 authentication type based on pre-shared
passphrase. The router is configured by this security type by default.
•
Authentication Type- you can choose the version of the WPA-PSK security on the
drop-down list. The default setting is Automatic, which can select WPA-PSK
(Pre-shared key of WPA) or WPA2-PSK (Pre-shared key of WPA) automatically based
on the wireless station's capability and request.
•
Encryption - When WPA-PSK or WPA is set as the Authentication Type, you can select
either Automatic, or TKIP or AES as Encryption.
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 Note:
If you check the WPA/WPA2-Personal radio button and choose TKIP encryption, you will
find a notice in red as shown in the following figure.
•
Wireless Password - You can enter ASCII characters between 8 and 63 characters or 8
to 64 Hexadecimal characters. The default password is the same with the default PIN
code, which is labeled on the bottom of the router.
•
Group Key Update Period - Specify the group key update interval in seconds. The
value should be 30 or above. Enter 0 to disable the update.

WPA /WPA2- Enterprise - It’s based on Radius Server.
•
Authentication Type - you can choose the version of the WPA security on the
drop-down list. The default setting is Automatic, which can select WPA (Wi-Fi Protected
Access) or WPA2 (WPA version 2) automatically based on the wireless station's
capability and request.
•
Encryption - You can select either Automatic, or TKIP or AES.
 Note:
If you check the WPA/WPA2-Enterprise radio button and choose TKIP encryption, you will
find a notice in red as shown in the following figure.
•
Radius Server IP - Enter the IP address of the Radius server.
•
Radius Server Port - Enter the port number of the Radius server.
•
Radius Server Password - Enter the password for the Radius server.
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Group Key Update Period - Specify the group key update interval in seconds. The
value should be 30 or above. Enter 0 to disable the update.

WEP - It is based on the IEEE 802.11 standard. If you check this radio button, you will find a
notice in red as show in the following figure.
•
Authentication Type - you can choose the type for the WEP security on the drop-down
list. The default setting is Automatic, which can select Shared Key or Open System
authentication type automatically based on the wireless station's capability and request.
•
WEP Key Format - Hexadecimal and ASCII formats are provided here. Hexadecimal
format stands for any combination of hexadecimal digits (0-9, a-f, A-F) in the specified
length. ASCII format stands for any combination of keyboard characters in the specified
length.
•
WEP Key - Select which of the four keys will be used and enter the matching WEP key
that you create. Make sure these values are identical on all wireless stations in your
network.
•
Key Type - You can select the WEP key length (64-bit, or 128-bit, or 152-bit.) for
encryption. "Disabled" means this WEP key entry is invalid.
64-bit - You can enter 10 hexadecimal digits (any combination of 0-9, a-f, A-F, zero key
is not promoted) or 5 ASCII characters.
128-bit - You can enter 26 hexadecimal digits (any combination of 0-9, a-f, A-F, zero key
is not promoted) or 13 ASCII characters.
 Note:
If you do not set the key, the wireless security function is still disabled even if you have
selected Shared Key as Authentication Type.
Be sure to click the Save button to save your settings on this page.
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Wireless MAC Filtering
Choose menu “Wireless → MAC Filtering”, you can control the wireless access by configuring
the Wireless MAC Filtering function, shown in the following figure.
To filter wireless users by MAC Address, click Enable. The default setting is Disabled.

MAC Address - The wireless station's MAC address that you want to filter.

Status - The status of this entry, either Enabled or Disabled.

Host- The host network for the filetring rules.

Description - A simple description of the wireless station.
To Add a Wireless MAC Address filtering entry, click the Add New button. The "Add or Modify
Wireless MAC Address Filtering entry" page will appear:
To add or modify a MAC Address Filtering entry, follow these instructions:
1.
Enter the appropriate MAC Address into the MAC Address field. The format of the MAC
Address
is
XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
(X
is
00:0A:EB:B0:00:0B.
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hexadecimal
digit).
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example:
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Give a simple description for the wireless station in the Description field. For example:
Wireless station A.
3.
Select Enabled or Disabled for this entry on the Status drop-down list.
4.
Select the Host for the entry.
5.
Click the Save button to save this entry.
To modify or delete an existing entry:
1.
Click the Modify in the entry you want to modify. If you want to delete the entry, click the
Delete.
2.
Modify the information.
3.
Click the Save button.
Click the Enable Selected button to make the selected entries enabled
Click the Disable Selected button to make the selected entries disabled.
Click the Delete Selected button to delete the selected entries.
Click the Back button to return to the previous page.
For example: If you desire that the wireless station A with MAC address 00:0A:EB:B0:00:0B and
the wireless station B with MAC address 00:0A:EB:00:07:5F are able to access the router, but all
the other wireless stations cannot access the router, you can configure the Wireless MAC Address
Filtering list by following these steps:
1. Click the Enable button to enable this function.
2. Select the radio button “Allow the entries specified by any enabled entries in the list to
access” for Filtering Rules.
3. Delete all or disable all entries if there are any entries already.
4. Click the Add New button.
5. Enter the MAC address 00:0A:EB:B0:00:0B /00:0A:EB:00:07:5F in the MAC Address field.
6. Enter wireless station A/B in the Description field.
7. Select Enabled in the Status drop-down list.
8. Click the Save button.
9. Click the Back button.
The filtering rules that configured should be similar to the following list:
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Wireless Advanced
Choose menu “Wireless → Wireless Advanced”, you can configure the advanced settings of
your wireless network.

Transmit Power - Here you can specify the transmit power of router. You can select High,
Middle or Low which you would like. High is the default setting and is recommended.

Beacon Interval - Enter a value between 20-1000 milliseconds for Beacon Interval here.
The beacons are the packets sent by the router to synchronize a wireless network. Beacon
Interval value determines the time interval of the beacons. The default value is 100.

RTS Threshold - Here you can specify the RTS (Request to Send) Threshold. If the packet
is larger than the specified RTS Threshold size, the router will send RTS frames to a
particular receiving station and negotiate the sending of a data frame. The default value is
2346.

Fragmentation Threshold - This value is the maximum size determining whether packets
will be fragmented. Setting the Fragmentation Threshold too low may result in poor network
performance because of excessive packets. 2346 is the default setting and is
recommended.
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DTIM Interval - This value determines the interval of the Delivery Traffic Indication Message
(DTIM). A DTIM field is a countdown field informing clients of the next window for listening to
broadcast and multicast messages. When the router has buffered broadcast or multicast
messages for associated clients, it sends the next DTIM with a DTIM Interval value. You can
specify the value between 1-15 Beacon Intervals. The default value is 1, which indicates the
DTIM Interval is the same as Beacon Interval.

Enable WMM - WMM function can guarantee the packets with high-priority messages being
transmitted preferentially. It is strongly recommended.

Enable Short GI - This function is recommended for it will increase the data capacity by
reducing the guard interval time.

Enabled AP Isolation - This function can isolate wireless stations on your network from
each other. Wireless devices will be able to communicate with the router but not with each
other. To use this function, check this box. AP Isolation is disabled by default.
 Note:
If you are not familiar with the setting items in this page, it's strongly recommended to keep
the provided default values; otherwise it may result in lower wireless network performance.
4.7.6
Wireless Statistics
Choose menu “Wireless → Wireless Statistics”, you can see the MAC Address, Current Status,
Received Packets and Sent Packets for each connected wireless station.

MAC Address - The connected wireless station's MAC address.

Current Status - The connected wireless station's running status,

Received Packets - Packets received by the station.

Sent Packets - Packets sent by the station.
You cannot change any of the values on this page. To update this page and to show the current
connected wireless stations, click on the Refresh button.
If the numbers of connected wireless stations go beyond one page, click the Next button to go to
the next page and click the Previous button to return the previous page.
 Note:
This page will be refreshed automatically every 5 seconds.
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Guest Network
Choose “Guest Network”, and you can configure the Guest Network Wireless Settings on the
page as shown in the following figure.

Allow Guest To Access My Local Network - If enabled, guests can communicate with
hosts.

Allow Guest To Access My USB Storage Sharing - If enabled, guests can access to USB
storage sharing servers.

Guest Network Isolation -. If enabled, guests are isolated from each other.

Guest Network Bandwidth Control - If enabled, the Guest Network Bandwidth Control rules
will take effect.

Band Select/Guest Network – Select the wireless network band (2.4G/5G) and enabled or
disable its Guest Network function.
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Network Name - Enter a value of up to 32 characters. The same Name (SSID) must be
assigned to all wireless devices in your Guest Network.

Max Guest number – The maximum of guests at the same time,

Security - You can configure the security of Guest Network here.

Access Time - During this time the wireless stations could accessing the AP.
 Note:
The range of bandwidth for Guest Network is calculated according to the setting of Bandwidth
Control on the page “Bandwidth Control->Control Settings”.
4.9
DHCP
There are three submenus under the DHCP menu: DHCP Settings, DHCP Clients List and
Address Reservation. Click any of them, and you will be able to configure the corresponding
functions.
4.9.1
DHCP Settings
Choose menu “DHCP → DHCP Settings”, you can configure the DHCP Server on the page as
shown in the following figure.The router is set up by default as a DHCP (Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol) server, which provides the TCP/IP configuration for all the PC(s) that are
connected to the router on the LAN.

DHCP Server - Enable or Disable the DHCP server. If you disable the Server, you must
have another DHCP server within your network, otherwise you must configure the computer
manually.

Start IP Address - Specify an IP address for the DHCP Server to start with when assigning
IP addresses. 192.168.0.100 is the default start address.
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End IP Address - Specify an IP address for the DHCP Server to end with when assigning IP
addresses. 192.168.0.199 is the default end address.

Lease Time - The Address Lease Time is the amount of time a network user will be
allowed connection to the router with their current dynamic IP Address. Enter the amount of
time in minutes and the user will be "leased" this dynamic IP Address. After the time is up,
the user will be automatically assigned a new dynamic IP address. The range of the time is 1
~ 2880 minutes. The default value is 120 minutes.

Default Gateway - (Optional.) It is suggested to input the IP address of the Ethernet port of
the router. The default value is 192.168.0.1.

Default Domain - (Optional) Input the domain name of your network.

DNS Server - (Optional) Input the DNS IP address provided by your ISP or consult your ISP.

Secondary DNS Server - (Optional.) Input the IP address of another DNS server if your ISP
provides two DNS servers.
 Note:
To use the DHCP server function of the router, you must configure all computers on the LAN as
"Obtain an IP Address automatically".
4.9.2
DHCP Clients List
Choose menu “DHCP → DHCP Clients List”, you can view the information about the clients
attached to the router in the screen as shown in the following figure.

Client Name - The name of the DHCP client

MAC Address - The MAC address of the DHCP client

Assigned IP - The IP address that the router has allocated to the DHCP client

Lease Time - The time of the DHCP client leased. After the dynamic IP address has expired,
a new dynamic IP address will be automatically assigned to the user.
You cannot change any of the values on this page. To update this page and to show the current
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Address Reservation
Choose menu “DHCP → Address Reservation”, you can view and add a reserved address for
clients via the next screen (shown in the following figure). When you specify a reserved IP
address for a PC on the LAN, that PC will always receive the same IP address each time when it
accesses the DHCP server. Reserved IP addresses should be assigned to the servers that
require permanent IP settings.

MAC Address - The MAC address of the PC for which you want to reserve an IP address.

IP Address - The IP address reserved for the PC by the router.

Status - The status of this entry, either Enabled or Disabled.
To Reserve an IP address:
1.
Click the Add New button. Then the following figure will pop up.
2.
Enter the MAC address (in XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX format.) and IP address (in dotted-decimal
notation) of the computer for which you want to reserve an IP address.
3.
Click the Save button.
To modify or delete an existing entry:
1.
Click the Edit in the entry you want to modify. If you want to delete the entry, click the Delete.
2.
Modify the information.
3.
Click the Save button.
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Click the Enable/Disable Selected button to make selected entries enabled/disabled
Click the Delete Selected button to delete selected entries.
4.10 USB Settings
There are six submenus under the USB Settings menu: USB Mass Storage, User Accounts,
Storage Sharing, FTP Server, Media Server and Print Server. Click any of them, and you will
be able to configure the corresponding functions.
4.10.1
USB Mass Storage
The USB Mass Storage page provides the basic information about the USB mass storage device.
Click the Refresh button to update this page.
4.10.2
User Accounts
You can specify the user name and password for Storage Sharing and FTP Server users on this
page. Storage Sharing users can use Internet Explorer to access files on the USB drive. FTP
Server users can log into the FTP Server via FTP Client.
The default user account is admin. It has read/write access to Storage Sharing and can access
FTP Server.
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Only Administrator can use a Web browser to transfer the files from a PC to the Writable shared
volume on the USB drive.
To add a new user account, please follow the steps below:
1.
Choose the Index from the drop-down list.
2.
Self-define a User Name.
3.
Enter the password in the Password field.
4.
Re-enter the password in the Confirm Password field.
5.
Click Set to make your settings take effect.

New Username - Type the user name that you want to give access to the USB drive. The
user name must be composed of alphanumeric symbols not exceeding 15 characters in
length.

New Password - Enter the password in the Password field. The password must be
composed of alphanumeric symbols not exceeding 15 characters in length. For security
purposes, the password for each user account is not displayed.

Confirm Password - Re-enter the password here.
 Note:
1.
Please restart the service for the new settings to take effect.
2.
If you cannot use the new user name and password to access the shares, press Windows
logo + R to open the Run dialog box and type net use \\192.168.1.1 /delete /yes and press
Enter. (192.168.1.1 is your router's LAN IP address. If the LAN IP of the modem connected
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192.168.1.1 to 192.168.0.1 to avoid IP conflict; in this case, please try net use \\192.168.0.1
/delete / yes.)
4.10.3
Storage Sharing
Choose menu “USB Settings→Storage Sharing”, you can configure a USB disk drive attached
to the router and view volume and share such properties as share name, directory, user access,
and status on this page as shown below.

Server Status - Indicates the Storage Sharing server's current status. You can click the
Enable button to start the Storage Sharing service and click the Disable button to stop it.

Anonymous access to all volumes – Check this box to allow users to access to all
volumes without username or password

Shared Name - The volume name of the USB drive the users have access to.

Directory - The directory of the shared folder.

User Access – Indicates user access of the shared folder. F stands for fully access, R
stands for read-only and N stands for no-access.

Status - Indicates the shared or non-shared status of the volume.

Edit – Click Edit to edit the entry.
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To add a new folder, follow the instructions below.
1.
Click
Add
New
Folder
in
the
figure
above.
2.
Enter display name of the share folder in Shared Name filed.
3.
Click the Browse button to select the folder which you want to share.
4.
Click the Apply button to save the settings.
 Note:
1.
2.
The max share folders number is 10. If you want to share a new folder when the number has
reached 10, you can delete an existing share folder and then add a new one.
If you want to change the FTP settings, you need to restart FTP Server to make the changes
take effect.
Click the Enable Selected button to make the selected entries enabled
Click the Disable Selected button to make the selected entries disabled.
Click the Delete Selected button to delete the selected entries.
Click the Apply button to make the settings take effect.
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FTP Server
Choose menu “USB Settings→FTP Server”, you can create an FTP server that can be accessed
from the Internet or your local network.

Server Status - Indicates the FTP Server's current status.

Internet Access - Select enable to allow access of the FTP server from the Internet.
Otherwise, select disable to only allow local network access.

Internet Address - The WAN IP address of this router,

Service Port - Enter the FTP Port number to use. The default is 21.
To set up your FTP Server, please follow the instructions below:
1.
Plug an external USB hard disk drive or USB flash drive into this router.
2.
Click the Enable/Disable radio box to enable/disable Internet access to FTP from Internet
port.
3.
Specify a port for the FTP server to use (The default port number is 21).
4.
The Internet Address displays the WAN IP address of this router, so that other users can
access FTP via this address.
5.
If WAN type is PPPoE/PPTP/L2TP, two connections will be available. Therefore, users can
access FTP server via two connections. Users in a private LAN can access ftp server via
Public Address while Internet users can access ftp server via Internet Address.
6.
Click the Apply button to start the ftp server.
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To add a new folder, follow the instructions below.
1.
Click Add New Folder in the figure above.
2.
Enter display name of the share folder in Shared Name filed.
3.
Click the Browse button to select the folder which you want to share.
4.
Click the Apply button to save the settings.
 Note:
1.
2.
The max share folders number is 10. If you want to share a new folder when the number has
reached 10, you can delete an existing share folder and then add a new one.
If you want to change the FTP settings, you need to restart FTP Server to make the changes
take effect.
4.10.5
Media Server
Choose menu “USB Settings→Media Server”, you can create media server that allows you to
share stored content with other computers and devices on your home network and on the Internet.

Server Enable - Indicates the Media Server’s current status, started or stopped. You can
click the Enable button to enable the Media Server and click the Disable button to disable it.
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Server Name - The name of this Media Server.

Share Name - The display name of this folder.

Folder Name - The real full path of the specified folder.

Delete - You can delete the share folder by click Delete.
To set up your media server, please follow the instructions below:
1. Plug an external USB hard disk drive or USB flash drive into this router, and then click the
Enable button to start the media server. The screen will appear as shown in the following
figure.
2. Click the Add New Folder button to specify a folder as the search path of media server. The
screen will then appear as shown in the following figure.

Share Name - You can enter a display name for the share folder.

Directory - Displays the location of this folder.

Browse – Click the button to select the folder to share.

Apply - Click the button to save your settings.
3. Click the Scan Now button to scan all the share folders immediately. You can also select the
Auto-scan, at the same time, select an auto scan interval time by drop-down list. In this case,
the media server will auto scan the share folders.
 Note:
The max share folders number is 6. If you want share a new folder when the number has been
reached to be 6, you can delete a share folder and then add a new one.
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Print Server
Choose menu “USB Settings→Print Server”, you can configure print server on this page as
shown below.
There are two states of the print server, they are as follows:

Online - Indicates the print service has been turned on, and no user is using the print service
at present. You can click the "Stop" button to stop the print service.

Offline - Indicates the print service feature is disabled. You can click "Start" button to start the
print service.
4.11 NAT
Choose “NAT”, and you can enable or disable the NAT and Hardware NAT Control feature. The
NAT Rules and Hardware NAT will work properly only when the NAT Control feature is enabled.

Enable NAT Control - If enabled, the NAT function and the Forwarding configuration will
take effect.

Disable NAT Control - If disabled, neither NAT function nor Forwarding configuration will
take effect.

Enable Hardware NAT Control - If enabled, the Hardware NAT feature will take effect.

Disable Hardware NAT Control - If disabled, neither Hardware NAT feature will take effect.
4.12 Forwarding
There are four submenus under the Forwarding menu: Virtual Servers, Port Triggering, DMZ
and UPnP. Click any of them, and you will be able to configure the corresponding function.
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Virtual Servers
Choose menu “Forwarding→Virtual Servers”, and then you can view and add virtual servers
on this page. Virtual servers can be used for setting up public services on your LAN. A virtual
server is defined as a service port, and all requests from Internet to this service port will be
redirected to the computer specified by the server IP. Any PC that was used for a virtual server
must have a static or reserved IP address because its IP address may change when using the
DHCP function. If you want the Virtual Servers configuration take effect, please make sure the
NAT is enabled.

Service Port - The numbers of External Service Ports. You can enter a service port or a
range of service ports (the format is XXX – YYY; XXX is the Start port and YYY is the End
port).

IP Address - The IP address of the PC running the service application.

Internal Port - The Internal Service Port number of the PC running the service application.
You can leave it blank if the Internal Port is the same as the Service Port, or enter a
specific port number when Service Port is a single one.

Protocol - The protocol used for this application, either TCP, UDP, or All (all protocols
supported by the router).

Status - The status of this entry, "Enabled" means the virtual server entry is enabled.

Common Service Port - Some common services already exist in the drop-down list.

Edit - To edit or delete an existing entry.
To setup a virtual server entry:
1.
Click the Add New button.
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Select the service you want to use from the Common Service Port list. If the Common
Service Port menu does not list the service that you want to use, enter the number of the
service port or service port range in the Service Port field.
3.
Enter the IP address of the computer running the service application in the IP Address field.
4.
Select the protocol used for this application in the Protocol drop-down list, either TCP, UDP,
or All.
5.
Select the Enabled option in the Status drop-down list.
6.
Click the Save button.
 Note:
It is possible that you have a computer or server that has more than one type of available service.
If so, select another service, and type the same IP address for that computer or server.
To modify or delete an existing entry:
1.
Find the desired entry in the table.
2.
Click Edit or Delete as desired on the Edit column.
Click the Enable/ Disable Selected button to make selected entries enabled/ disabled.
Click the Delete Selected button to delete selected entries.
 Note:
If you set the service port of the virtual server as 80, you must set the Web management port on
Security → Remote Management page to be any other value except 80 such as 8080.
Otherwise there will be a conflict to disable the virtual server.
4.12.2
Port Triggering
Choose menu “Forwarding→Port Triggering”, you can view and add port triggering entry on this
page in the following figure. Some applications require multiple connections, like Internet games,
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video conferencing, Internet telephoning and so on. Port Triggering is useful for those applications
that cannot work with a pure NAT router.

Trigger Port - The port for outgoing traffic. An outgoing connection using this port will trigger
this rule.

Trigger Protocol - The protocol used for Trigger Ports, either TCP, UDP, or All (all
protocols supported by the router).

Open Port - The port or port range used by the remote system when it responds to the
outgoing request. A response using one of these ports will be forwarded to the PC which
triggered this rule. You can input at most 5 groups of ports (or port sections). Every group of
ports must be separated with ",", for example, 2000-2038, 2046, 2050-2051, 2085,
3010-3030.

Open Protocol - The protocol used for Open Port, either TCP, UDP, or ALL (all protocols
supported by the router).

Status - The status of this entry, Enabled means the Port Triggering entry is enabled.

Edit - To modify or delete an existing entry.

Common Applications - Some popular applications already listed in the drop-down list of
Incoming Protocol.
To add a new rule, follow the steps below.
1.
Click the Add New button, the next screen will pop-up as shown in the following figure.
2.
Select a common application from the Common Applications drop-down list, then the
Trigger Port field and the Open Port field will be automatically filled. If the Common
Applications do not have the application you need, enter the Trigger Port and the Open
Port manually.
3.
Select the protocol used for Trigger Port from the Trigger Protocol drop-down list, either
TCP, UDP, or All.
4.
Select the protocol used for Incoming Ports from the Open Protocol drop-down list, either
TCP or UDP, or All.
5.
Select Enabled in Status field.
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Click the Save button to save the new rule.
To modify or delete an existing entry:
1.
Find the desired entry in the table.
2.
Click Edit or Delete as desired on the Edit column.
Click the Enable Selected button to make selected entries enabled.
Click the Disable Selected button to make selected entries disabled.
Click the Delete Selected button to delete selected entries
Once the router is configured, the operation is as follows:
1.
A local host makes an outgoing connection to an external host using a destination port
number defined in the Trigger Port field.
2.
The router records this connection, opens the incoming port or ports associated with this
entry in the Port Triggering table, and associates them with the local host.
3.
When necessary, the external host will be able to connect to the local host using one of the
ports defined in the Open Ports field.
 Note:
1.
When the trigger connection is released, the corresponding opened ports will be closed.
2.
Each rule can only be used by one host on the LAN at a time. The trigger connection of other
hosts on the LAN will be refused.
3.
Open Ports ranges cannot overlap each other.
4.12.3
DMZ
Choose menu “Forwarding→DMZ”, and then you can view and configure DMZ host in the screen
(shown in the following figure).The DMZ host feature allows one local host to be exposed to the
Internet for a special-purpose service such as Internet gaming or videoconferencing. The router
forwards packets of all services to the DMZ host. Any PC whose port is being forwarded must
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have its DHCP client function disabled and should have a new static IP Address assigned to it
because its IP Address may be changed when using the DHCP function.
To assign a computer or server to be a DMZ server:
1.
Click the Enable button.
2.
Enter the IP address of a local PC that is set to be DMZ host in the DMZ Host IP Address
field.
3.
Click the Save button.
4.12.4
UPnP
Choose menu “Forwarding→UPnP”, and then you can view the information about UPnP in the
screen (shown in the following figure). The Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) feature allows the
devices, such as Internet computers, to access the local host resources or devices as needed.
UPnP devices can be automatically discovered by the UPnP service application on the LAN.

Current UPnP Status - UPnP can be enabled or disabled by clicking the Enable or Disable
button. This feature is enabled by default.

Current UPnP Settings List - This table displays the current UPnP information.

App Description - The description about the application which initiates the UPnP
request.

External Port - The port which the router opened for the application.

Protocol - The type of protocol which is opened.
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
Internal Port - The port which the router opened for local host.

IP Address - The IP address of the local host which initiates the UPnP request.

Status - Either Enabled or Disabled. "Enabled" means that the port is still active;
otherwise, the port is inactive.
Click the Enable button to enable UPnP.
Click the Disable button to disable UPnP.
Click the Refresh button to update the Current UPnP Settings List.
4.13 Security
There are four submenus under the Security menu: Basic Security, Advanced Security, Local
Management and Remote Management. Click any of them, and you will be able to configure the
corresponding functions.
4.13.1
Basic Security
Choose menu “Security → Basic Security”, and then you can configure the basic security in the
screen as shown in the following figure.
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Firewall - A firewall protects your network from the outside world. Here you can enable or
disable the router’s firewall.

SPI Firewall - SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection, also known as dynamic packet filtering)
helps to prevent cyber attacks by tracking more state per session. It validates that the
traffic passing through the session conforms to the protocol. SPI Firewall is enabled by
factory default. If you want all the computers on the LAN exposed to the outside world,
you can disable it.

VPN - VPN Passthrough must be enabled if you want to allow VPN tunnels using VPN
protocols to pass through the router.

PPTP Passthrough - Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) allows the
Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) to be tunneled through an IP network. To allow PPTP
tunnels to pass through the router, click Enable.

L2TP Passthrough - Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) is the method used to
enable Point-to-Point sessions via the Internet on the Layer Two level. To allow L2TP
tunnels to pass through the router, click Enable.

IPSec Passthrough - Internet Protocol security (IPSec) is a suite of protocols for
ensuring private, secure communications over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, through
the use of cryptographic security services. To allow IPSec tunnels to pass through the
router, click Enable.
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ALG - It is recommended to enable Application Layer Gateway (ALG) because ALG allows
customized Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal filters to be plugged into the
gateway to support address and port translation for certain application layer "control/data"
protocols such as FTP, TFTP, H323 etc.

FTP ALG - To allow FTP clients and servers to transfer data across NAT, click Enable.

TFTP ALG - To allow TFTP clients and servers to transfer data across NAT, click
Enable.

H323 ALG - To allow Microsoft NetMeeting clients to communicate across NAT, click
Enable.

SIP ALG - To allow SIP clients and servers to communicate across NAT, click Enable.

RTSP ALG - To allow some media player clients to communicate with some streaming
media servers across NAT, click Enable.
Click the Save button to save your settings.
4.13.2
Advanced Security
Choose menu “Security → Advanced Security”, and then you can protect the router from being
attacked by TCP-SYN Flood, UDP Flood and ICMP-Flood in the screen as shown in the following
figure.

DoS Protection - Denial of Service protection. Check the Enable or Disable button to
enable or disable the DoS protection function. Only when it is enabled, will the flood filters be
enabled.
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 Note:
Dos Protection will take effect only when the Traffic Statistics in “System Tool →
Statistics” is enabled.

Enable ICMP-FLOOD Attack Filtering - Enable or Disable the ICMP-FLOOD Attack
Filtering.

ICMP-FLOOD Packets Threshold (5~3600) - The default value is 50. Enter a value
between 5 ~ 3600. When the current ICMP-FLOOD Packets number is beyond the set value,
the router will startup the blocking function immediately.

Enable UDP-FLOOD Filtering - Enable or Disable the UDP-FLOOD Filtering.

UDP-FLOOD Packets Threshold (5~3600) - The default value is 500. Enter a value
between 5 ~ 3600. When the current UPD-FLOOD Packets number is beyond the set value,
the router will startup the blocking function immediately.

Enable TCP-SYN-FLOOD Attack Filtering - Enable or Disable the TCP-SYN-FLOOD
Attack Filtering.

TCP-SYN-FLOOD Packets Threshold (5~3600) - The default value is 50. Enter a value
between 5 ~ 3600. When the current TCP-SYN-FLOOD Packets numbers is beyond the set
value, the router will startup the blocking function immediately.

Forbid Ping Packet From LAN Port - Enable or Disable Forbid Ping Packet From LAN Port.
The default setting is disabled. If enabled, the ping packet from LAN cannot access the router.
This function can be used to defend against some viruses.
Click the Save button to save the settings.
Click the Blocked DoS Host List button to display the DoS host table by blocking.
4.13.3
Local Management
Choose menu “Security → Local Management”, and then you can configure the management
rule in the screen as shown in the following figure. The management feature allows you to deny
computers in LAN from accessing the router.
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By default, the radio button “All the PCs on the LAN are allowed to access the Router's
Web-Based Utility” is checked. If you want to allow PCs with specific MAC Addresses to access
the Setup page of the router's Web-Based Utility locally from inside the network, check the radio
button “Only the PCs listed can browse the built-in web pages to perform Administrator
tasks”, and then enter each MAC Address in a separate field. The format for the MAC Address is
XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (X is any hexadecimal digit). Only the PCs with MAC address listed can use
the password to browse the built-in web pages to perform Administrator tasks while all the others
will be blocked.
After click the Add button, your PC's MAC Address will be placed in the list above.
Click the Save button to save your settings.
 Note:
If your PC is blocked but you want to access the router again, reset the router’s factory defaults.
4.13.4
Remote Management
Choose menu “Security → Remote Management”, and then you can configure the Remote
Management function in the screen as shown in the following figure. This feature allows you to
manage your router from a remote location via the Internet.

Web Management Port - Web browser access normally uses the standard HTTP service
port 80. This router's default remote management web port number is 80. For greater security,
you can change the remote management web port to a custom port by entering that number
in the box provided. Choose a number between 1 and 65534 but do not use the number of
any common service port.

Remote Management IP Address - This is the current address you will use when accessing
your router from the Internet. This function is disabled when the IP address is set to the
default value of 0.0.0.0. To enable this function change 0.0.0.0 to a valid IP address. If set to
255.255.255.255, then all the hosts can access the router from internet.
 Note:
1.
To access the router, you should type your router's WAN IP address into your browser's
address (in IE) or Location (in Navigator) box, followed by a colon and the custom port
number. For example, if your router's WAN address is 202.96.12.8, and the port number
used is 8080, please enter http://202.96.12.8:8080 in your browser. Later, you may be asked
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for the router's password. After successfully entering the username and password, you will
be able to access the router's web-based utility.
2.
Be sure to change the router's default password to a very secure password.
4.14 Parent Control
Choose menu “Parent Control”, and then you can configure the parent control in the screen as
shown in the following figure. The Parent Control function can be used to control the Internet
activities of the child, limit the child to access certain websites and restrict the time of surfing.

Parent Control - Check Enable if you want this function to take effect; otherwise, check
Disable.

MAC Address of Parental PC - In this field, enter the MAC address of the controlling PC, or
you can make use of the Copy To Above button below.

MAC Address of Current PC - This field displays the MAC address of the PC that is
managing this router. If the MAC Address of your adapter is registered, you can click the
Copy To Above button to fill this address to the MAC Address of Parental PC field above.
Click the Save button to make your settings take effect.
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To add a new entry, please follow the steps below.
1.
Check the Enable Parent Control box.
2.
Enter the MAC address of the PC (e.g. 00:11:22:33:44:AA) you’d like to control in the MAC
Address 1-4 field, or you can choose the MAC address from the MAC Address in current
LAN drop-down list.
3.
Enter the allowed domain name of the website, either the full name or the keywords (e.g.
tp-link) in the Add URL field. Any domain name with keywords in it (www.tp-link.com) will be
allowed. Click the Add button.
4.
Set the time period allowed for the PC controlled to access the Internet. For detailed
information, please go to “Access Control → Schedule”.
5.
Click the Save button.
Click the Delete Selected button to delete the selected entries in the table.
For example: If you desire that the child PC with MAC address 00:11:22:33:44:AA can access
www.tp-link.com on Saturday only while the parent PC with MAC address 00:11:22:33:44:BB is
without any restriction, you should follow the settings below.
1.
Click “Parent Control” menu on the left to enter the Parent Control Settings page. Check
Enable and enter the MAC address 00:11:22:33:44:BB in the MAC Address of Parental PC
field.
2.
Click “Parent Control” menu on the left to go back to the Add or Modify Parent Control Entry
page:
3.
1)
Enter 00:11:22:33:44:AA in the MAC Address 1 field.
2)
Create a new schedule with Day is Sat and Time is all day-24 hours. Click Add.
3)
Enter “www.tp-link.com” in the Add URL field. Click Add.
Click Save to complete the settings.
Then you will see the page as shown in the following figure.
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4.15 Access Control
There are four submenus under the Access Control menu: Rule, Host, Target and Schedule.
Click any of them, and you will be able to configure the corresponding function.
4.15.1
Rule
Choose menu “Access Control → Rule”, and then you can view and set Access Control rules in
the screen as shown in the following figure.
 Enable Internet Access Control - Select the check box to enable the Internet Access
Control function, so the Default Filter Policy can take effect.
 Description - Here displays the name of the rule and this name is unique.
 LAN Host - Here displays the host selected in the corresponding rule.
 Target - Here displays the target selected in the corresponding rule.
 Schedule - Here displays the schedule selected in the corresponding rule.
 Enable - Here displays the status of the rule, enabled or not. Check this option to enable a
specific entry.
 Edit - Here you can edit or delete an existing rule.
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 Add New - Click the Add New button to add a new rule entry.
 Enable Selected - Click the Enable Selected button to enable selected rules in the list.
 Disable Selected - Click the Disable Selected button to disable selected rules in the list.
 Delete Selected - Click the Delete Selected button to delete selected entries in the table.
How to add a new rule:
1.
Click the Add New button and the next screen will pop up as shown in the following figure.
2.
Give a name (e.g. Rule_1) for the rule in the Description field.
3.
Select a host from the LAN Host drop-down list or click “Add LAN Host”.
4.
Select a target from the Target drop-sown list or click “Add Target”.
5.
Select a schedule from the Schedule drop-down list or click “Add Schedule”.
6.
In the Status field, select Enabled or Disabled to enable or disable your entry.
7.
In the Direction field, select IN or OUT.
8.
Select a schedule from the Protocol drop-down list.
9.
Click the Save button.
For example: If you desire to allow the host with MAC address 00 : 11 : 22 : 33 : 44 : AA to access
www.tp-link.com only from 18:00 to 20:00 on Saturday and Sunday, and forbid other hosts in the
LAN to access the Internet, you should follow the settings below:
1.
Click the submenu Rule of Access Control in the left to return to the Rule List page. Select
Enable Internet Access Control and choose "Allow the packets specified by any
enabled access control policy to pass through the router".
2.
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Click the submenu Host of Access Control in the left to enter the Host List page. Add a new
entry with the Host Description is Host_1 and MAC Address is 00:11:22:33:44:AA.
4.
Click the submenu Target of Access Control in the left to enter the Target List page. Add a
new entry with the Target Description is Target_1 and Domain Name is www.tp-link.com.
5.
Click the submenu Schedule of Access Control in the left to enter the Schedule List page.
Add a new entry with the Schedule Description is Schedule_1, Day is Sat and Sun, Start
Time is 1800 and Stop Time is 2000.
6.
Click the submenu Rule of Access Control in the left, Click Add New button to add a new
rule as follows:
1)
In Rule Name field, create a name for the rule. Note that this name should be unique, for
example Rule_1.
2)
In Host field, select Host_1.
3)
In Target field, select Target_1.
4)
In Schedule field, select Schedule_1.
5)
In Status field, select Enabled.
6)
Click Save to complete the settings.
Then you will go back to the Access Control Rule Management page and see the following list.
4.15.2
Host
Choose menu “Access Control → Host”, and then you can view and set a Host list in the
screen as shown in the following figure. The host list is necessary for the Access Control Rule.
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
Description - Here displays the description of the host and this description is unique.

Address Info - Here displays the information about the host. It can be IP or MAC.

Edit - To modify or delete an existing entry.
Click the Delete Selected button to delete the selected entries in the table.
To add a new entry, please follow the steps below.
1.
Click the Add New button.
2.
In the Mode field, select IP Address or MAC Address.
1)
2)
3.
If you select IP Address, the screen shown is Figure 4-79.

In Description field, create a unique description for the host (e.g. Host_1).

In IP Address field, enter the IP address.
If you select MAC Address, the screen shown is Figure 4-80.

In Description field, create a unique description for the host (e.g. Host_1).

In MAC Address field, enter the MAC address.
Click the Save button to complete the settings.
For example: If you desire to restrict the internet activities of host with MAC address
00:11:22:33:44:AA, you should first follow the settings below:
1.
Click Add New button in the figure above to enter the Add or Modify a Host Entry page.
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2.
In Mode field, select MAC Address from the drop-down list.
3.
In Description field, create a unique description for the host (e.g. Host_1).
4.
In MAC Address field, enter 00:11:22:33:44:AA.
5.
Click Save to complete the settings.
Then you will go back to the Host Settings page and see the following list.
4.15.3
Target
Choose menu “Access Control → Target”, and then you can view and set a Target list in the
screen as shown in the following figure. The target list is necessary for the Access Control Rule.
 Description - Here displays the description about the target and this description is unique.
 Details - The target can be IP address, port, or domain name.
 Edit- To modify or delete an existing entry.
To add a new entry, please follow the steps below.
1.
Click the Add New button.
2.
In Mode field, select IP Address, MAC Address or URL Address.
1) If you select IP Address, the screen shown is the following figure.
I)
In Description field, create a unique description for the target (e.g. Target_1).
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II)
In IP Address field, enter the IP address of the target.
III)
Specify the Target Port manually.
2) If you select MAC Address, the screen shown is the figure above.
I)
In Description field, create a unique description for the target (e.g. Target_1).
II)
In IP Address field, enter the IP address of the target.
III)
Specify the Target Port manually.
3) If you select URL Address, the screen shown is the following figure.
I)
In Description field, create a unique description for the target (e.g. Target_1).
II)
In Add URL Address field, enter the domain name, either the full name or the keywords
(for example, tp-link) in the blank. Any domain name with keywords in it
(www.tp-link.com) will be blocked or allowed. Click Add to save the address,
3.
Click the Save button.
Click the Delete Selected button to delete the selected entries in the table.
For example: If you desire to restrict the internet activities of host with MAC address
00:11:22:33:44:AA in the LAN to access www.tp-link.com only, you should first follow the
settings below:
1.
Click Add New button to enter the Add or Modify an Access Target Entry page.
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2.
In Mode field, select URL Address from the drop-down list.
3.
In Description field, create a unique description for the target (e.g. Target_1).
4.
In Add URL Address field, enter www.tp-link.com. And then click Add to save the entry.
5.
Click Save to complete the settings.
Then you will go back to the Target Settings page and see the following list.
4.15.4
Schedule
Choose menu “Access Control → Schedule”, and then you can view and set a Schedule list in
the next screen as shown in the following figure. The Schedule list is necessary for the Access
Control Rule.

Description - Here displays the description of the schedule and this description is unique.

Edit - Here you can edit or delete an existing schedule.
To add a new schedule, follow the steps below:
1. Click Add New button shown in the figure above and the next screen will pop-up as shown in
the following figure.
2. In Description field, create a unique description for the schedule (e.g. Schedule_1).
3. Select the Day or days from the drop-down list. And then select the Start Time and Stop
Time from the drop-down list. Click Add to save the entry.
4. Click Save to complete the settings.
Click the Delete Selected button to delete selected entries in the table.
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For example: If you desire to restrict the internet activities of host with MAC address
00:11:22:33:44:AA to access www.tp-link.com only from 18:00 to 20:00 on Saturday and
Sunday, you should first follow the settings below:
1.
Click Add New button to enter the Advanced Schedule Settings page.
2.
In Description field, create a unique description for the schedule (e.g. Schedule_1).
3.
In Day list, select Each Week from the drop-down list and click Sat and Sun.
4.
In Time list, select 1800 for Start Time field and 2000 for Stop Time. And then click the Add
button.
5.
Click Save to complete the settings.
4.16 Advanced Routing
There are two submenus under the Advanced Routing menu: Static Route List and System
Routing Table. Click any of them, and you will be able to configure the corresponding function.
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Static Route List
Choose menu “Advanced Routing → Static Route List”, and then you can configure the static
route in the next screen (shown in the following figure). A static route is a pre-determined path that
network information must travel to reach a specific host or network.
To add static route entries:
1.
Click Add New shown in the figure above, you will see the following screen.
2.
Enter the following data:

Destination IP Address - The Destination IP Address is the address of the network or
host that you want to assign to a static route.

Subnet Mask - The Subnet Mask determines which portion of an IP Address is the
network portion, and which portion is the host portion.

Gateway - This is the IP Address of the gateway device that allows for contact between
the router and the network or host.
3.
Select Enabled or Disabled for this entry on the Status drop-down list.
4.
Click the Save button to make the entry take effect.
Other configurations for the entries:
Click the Delete button to delete the entry.
Click the Enable Selected button to enable the selected entries.
Click the Disable Selected button to disable the selected entries.
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Click the Delete Selected button to delete the selected entries.
4.16.2
System Routing Table
Choose menu “Advanced Routing → System Routing Table”, and then you can view the
System Routing Table in the next screen (shown in the following figure). System routing table views
all of the valid route entries in use. The Destination IP address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, and
Interface will be displayed for each entry.

Destination Network - The Destination Network is the address of the network or host to
which the static route is assigned.

Subnet Mask - The Subnet Mask determines which portion of an IP address is the network
portion, and which portion is the host portion.

Gateway - This is the IP address of the gateway device that allows for contact between the
router and the network or host.

Interface - This interface tells you either the Destination IP Address is on the LAN & WLAN
(internal wired and wireless networks), or on the WAN (Internet).
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Choose menu “Bandwidth Control”, and then you can configure the bandwidth control in the
screen as shown in the figure above.
You can configure the Egress Bandwidth and Ingress Bandwidth in this page. Their values you
configure should be less than 10000Kbps. You can also view and configure the Bandwidth Control
rules in this page.

Enable Bandwidth Control - Check this box so that the Bandwidth Control settings can take
effect.

Egress Bandwidth - The upload speed through the Internet port.

Ingress Bandwidth - The download speed through the Internet port.
Click Save to make the settings take effect.

Description - This is the information about the rules such as address range.

Priority - The priority of the rule, ranging from 1 to 8. 1 stands for the highest priority

Egress bandwidth - This field displays the max and mix upload bandwidth through the
Internet port, the default is 0.

Ingress bandwidth - This field displays the max and mix download bandwidth through the
Internet port, the default is 0.

Status - This displays the status of the rule.

Edit - Click Edit to edit the rule. Click Delete to delete the rule.
To add/modify a Bandwidth Control rule, follow the steps below.
1.
Click Add New shown in the figure above, you will see a new screen shown in Figure 4-92.
2.
Enter the information like the screen shown below.
3.
Click the Save button.
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4.18 IP & MAC Binding
There are two submenus under the IP &MAC Binding menu: Binding Settings and ARP List.
Click any of them, and you will be able to scan or configure the corresponding function. The
detailed explanations for each submenu are provided below.
4.18.1
Binding Settings
This page displays the IP & MAC Binding Setting table; you can operate it in accord with your
desire (shown in the following figure).

MAC Address - The MAC address of the controlled computer in the LAN.

IP Address - The assigned IP address of the controlled computer in the LAN.

Bind - Check this option to enable ARP binding for a specific device.

Edit - To edit or delete an existing entry.
When you want to add or modify an IP & MAC Binding entry, you can click the Add New button
or Edit button, and then you will go to the next page. This page is used for adding or modifying
an IP & MAC Binding entry (shown in the following figure).
To add IP & MAC Binding entries, follow the steps below.
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Click the Add New button.
2.
Enter the MAC Address and IP Address.
3.
Select the Bind checkbox.
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To modify or delete an existing entry, follow the steps below.
1.
Find the desired entry in the table.
2.
Click Edit or Delete as desired on the Edit column.
4.18.2
ARP List
To manage the computer, you could observe the computers in the LAN by checking the
relationship of MAC address and IP address on the ARP list, and you could also configure the
items on the ARP list. This page displays the ARP List; it shows all the existing IP & MAC Binding
entries (shown in the following figure).
1.
MAC Address - The MAC address of the controlled computer in the LAN.
2.
IP Address - The assigned IP address of the controlled computer in the LAN.
3.
Status - Indicates whether or not the MAC and IP addresses are bound.
Click the Load Selected button to load the selected items to the IP & MAC Binding list.
Click the Delete Selected button to delete the selected items to the IP & MAC Binding list.
Click the Refresh button to refresh all items.
 Note:
An item could not be loaded to the IP & MAC Binding list if the IP address of the item has been
loaded before. Error warning will prompt as well. Likewise, "Load All" only loads the items without
interference to the IP & MAC Binding list.
4.19 Dynamic DNS
Choose menu “Dynamic DNS”, and you can configure the Dynamic DNS function.
The router offers the DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name System) feature, which allows the hosting of
a website, FTP server, or e-mail server with a fixed domain name (named by yourself) and a
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name no matter what your IP address is. Before using this feature, you need to sign up for DDNS
service providers such as www.comexe.cn, dyn.com/dns, or www.no-ip.com. The Dynamic DNS
client service provider will give you a password or key.
4.19.1
No-ip.com DDNS
If the dynamic DNS Service Provider you select is www.no-ip.com, the page will appear as
shown in the following figure.
To set up for DDNS, follow these instructions:
1.
Enter the Domain Name you received from dynamic DNS service provider.
2.
Enter the Username for your DDNS account.
3.
Enter the Password for your DDNS account.
4.
Enable DDNS.
5.
Click the Login button to login to the DDNS service.
Connection Status - The status of the DDNS service connection is displayed here.
Click Logout to log out the DDNS service.
 Note:
If you want to login again with another account after a successful login, please click the Logout
button, then input your new username and password and click the Login button.
4.19.2
Comexe.cn DDNS
If the dynamic DNS Service Provider you select is www.comexe.cn, the page will appear as
shown in the following figure.
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To set up for DDNS, follow these instructions:
1.
Enter the Domain Name your dynamic DNS service provider gave.
2.
Enter the Username for your DDNS account.
3.
Enter the Password for your DDNS account.
4.
Enable DDNS.
5.
Click the Login button to login the DDNS service.
Connection Status -The status of the DDNS service connection is displayed here.
Click Logout to log out of the DDNS service.
 Note:
If you want to login again with another account after a successful login, please click the Logout
button, then input your new username and password and click the Login button.
4.19.3
Dyn.com/dns DDNS
If the dynamic DNS Service Provider you select is dyn.com/dns, the page will appear as shown
in the following figure.
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To set up for DDNS, follow these instructions:
1.
Enter the Domain Name you received from dynamic DNS service provider.
2.
Enter the Username for your DDNS account.
3.
Enter the Password for your DDNS account.
4.
Enable DDNS.
5.
Click the Login button to login to the DDNS service.
Connection Status -The status of the DDNS service connection is displayed here.
Click Logout to logout of the DDNS service.
 Note:
If you want to login again with another account after a successful login, please click the Logout
button, then input your new username and password and click the Login button.
4.20 IPv6
There are three submenus under the IPv6 Support menu: IPv6 Status, IPv6 WAN and IPv6 LAN.
Click either of them, and you will be able to scan or configure the corresponding function. The
detailed explanations for each submenu are provided below.
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4.20.1 IPv6 Status
The IPv6 Status page displays the router's current IPv6 status and configuration. All information
is read-only.
 WAN
•
Connection Type - The IPv6 connection way for WAN
•
Connection Status - The status of IPv6 connection
•
IPv6 Address - The WAN IPv6 address
•
IPv6 Default Gateway - The router's default gateway
•
Primary IPv6 DNS - The primary IPv6 DNS address
•
Secondary IPv6 DNS - The secondary IPv6 DNS address
 LAN
•
IPv6 Address Type - There are two types of assignation for IPv6 address: RADVD
(Stateless address auto-configuration) and DHCPv6 (Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol for IPv6) Server.
•
Prefix Length - The prefix length of IPv6 address
•
IPv6 Address - The LAN IPv6 address
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4.20.2 IPv6 WAN

Connection Type - Choose the correct WAN connection type based on your ISP network
topology.
•
Dynamic IPv6 - Connections which use dynamic IPv6 address assignment.
•
Static IPv6 - Connections which use static IPv6 address assignment.
•
PPPoEv6 - Connections which use PPPoEV6 that requires a user name and password.
•
Tunnel 6to4 - Connections which use 6to4 address assignment.
Different types of WAN connection require you to do different settings. Below are the detailed
explanations for the respective type.
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1)
Dynamic IPv6

IPv6 Address - The IPv6 address assigned by your ISP dynamically.

Prefix Length - The length of IPv6 address prefix.

IPv6 Gateway - Enter the default gateway provided by your ISP.

Addressing Type - There are two types of assignation for IPv6 address: SLAAC (Stateless
address auto-configuration) and DHCPv6 (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6)
Server.
 MTU(Bytes) - The normal MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) value for most Ethernet
networks is 1500 Bytes. For some ISPs, you may need to modify the MTU. But this is rarely
required, and should not be done unless you are sure it is necessary for your ISP connection.
If your ISP gives you one or two DNS IPv6 addresses, select Set IPv6 DNS Server manually and
enter the IPv6 DNS Server and Secondary IPv6 DNS Server into the correct fields. Otherwise,
the DNS servers will be assigned from ISP dynamically.
 Enable MLD Proxy - Enable the Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) Proxy function if you need.
 IPv6 DNS Server - Enter the DNS IPv6 address provided by your ISP.
 Secondary IPv6 DNS Server - Enter another DNS IPv6 address provided by your ISP.
 Note:
If you get Address not found error when you access a Web site, it is likely that your DNS servers
are set up improperly. You should contact your ISP to get DNS server addresses.
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Static IPv6
 IPv6 Address - Enter the IPv6 address provided by your ISP.
 Prefix Length - The length of IPv6 address prefix.
 IPv6 Gateway - Enter the default gateway provided by your ISP.
 IPv6 DNS Server- Enter the DNS IPv6 address provided by your ISP.
 Secondary IPv6 DNS Server - Enter another DNS IPv6 address provided by your ISP.
 MTU(Bytes) - The normal MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) value for most Ethernet
networks is 1500 Bytes. For some ISPs, you may need to modify the MTU. But this is rarely
required, and should not be done unless you are sure it is necessary for your ISP connection.
 Enable MLD Proxy - Enable the Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) Proxy function if you need.
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3)
PPPoEv6

PPP Username/Password - Enter the User Name and Password provided by your ISP.
These fields are case-sensitive.

Authentication Type – Choose one authentication type from AUTO-AUTH, PAP, CHAP and
MS-CHAP.

Addressing Type - There are two types of assignation for IPv6 address: SLAAC (Stateless
address auto-configuration) and DHCPv6 (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6)
Server.

MTU(Bytes) - The normal MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) value for most Ethernet
networks is 1500 Bytes. For some ISPs, you may need to modify the MTU. But this is rarely
required, and should not be done unless you are sure it is necessary for your ISP connection.

Enable MLD Proxy - Enable the Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) Proxy function if you need.

Use IP address specified by ISP - Input a static IPv6 address from the ISP.

Set IPv6 DNS Server manually - Enter the IP address of the IPv6 DNS server and
secondary IPv6 DNS server.
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Tunnel 6to4
This type is used in the situation that your WAN connection is IPv4 while LAN connection is IPv6.

WAN Connection - Display the available wan connection.
Click the Save button to save your settings.
4.20.3 IPv6 LAN
 Address Auto-Configuration Type - Choose the IPv6 address auto-configuration type, either
RADVD or DHCPv6 Server.
 Site Prefix Configuration Type - Choose the site prefix configuration type, either Delegated
or Static.
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4.21 System Tools
Choose menu “System Tools”, and you can see the submenus under the main menu: Time
Settings, Diagnostic, Firmware Upgrade, Factory Defaults, Backup & Restore, Reboot,
Password, System Log and Statistics. Click any of them, and you will be able to configure the
corresponding functions. The detailed explanations for each submenu are provided below.
4.21.1
Time Settings
Choose menu “System Tools→Time Settings”, and then you can configure the time on the
following screen.

Time Zone - Select your local time zone from this pull down list.

Date - Enter your local date in MM/DD/YY into the right blanks.

Time - Enter your local time in HH/MM/SS into the right blanks.
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Get From PC - Enter your PC’s current time into the right blanks.
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NTP Server 1 / NTP Server 2 - Enter the address or domain of the NTP Server 1 or NTP
Server 2, and then the router will get the time from the NTP Server preferentially. In addition,
the router built-in some common NTP Servers, so it can get time automatically once it
connects the Internet.
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Enable Daylight Saving - Check the box to enable the Daylight Saving function.
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Start - The time to start the Daylight Saving. Select the month in the first field, the week in the
second field, the day in the third field and the time in the last field.
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End - The time to end the Daylight Saving. Select the month in the first field, the week in the
second field, the day in the third field and the time in the last field.
To set time manually:
1.
Select your local time zone.
2.
Enter the Date in Month/Day/Year format.
3.
Enter the Time in Hour/Minute/Second format.
4.
Click Save.
To set time automatically:
1.
Select your local time zone.
2.
Enter the address or domain of the NTP Server 1 or NTP Server 2.
3.
Click the Get GMT button to get system time from Internet if you have connected to the
Internet.
To set Daylight Saving:
1.
Check the box to enable Daylight Saving.
2.
Select the start time from the drop-down lists in the Start field.
3.
Select the end time from the drop-down lists in the End field.
4.
Click the Save button to save the settings.
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 Note:
1.
This setting will be used for some time-based functions such as firewall. You must specify
your time zone once you login to the router successfully, otherwise, these functions will not
take effect.
2.
The time will be lost if the router is turned off.
3.
The router will automatically obtain GMT from the Internet if it is configured accordingly.
4.
The Daylight Saving will take effect one minute after the configurations are completed.
4.21.2
Diagnostic
Choose menu “System Tools → Diagnostic”, and then you can transact Ping or Traceroute
function to check connectivity of your network in the following screen.

Diagnostic Tool - Check the radio button to select one diagnostic too.

Ping - This diagnostic tool troubleshoots connectivity, reachability, and name resolution to a
given host or gateway.
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Traceroute - This diagnostic tool tests the performance of a connection.
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 Note:
You can use ping/traceroute to test both numeric IP address or domain name. If
pinging/tracerouting the IP address is successful, but pinging/tracerouting the domain name
is not, you might have a name resolution problem. In this case, ensure that the domain name
you are specifying can be resolved by using Domain Name System (DNS) queries.

IP Address/Domain Name - Enter the IP Address or Domain Name of the PC whose
connection you wish to diagnose.

Ping Count - Specifies the number of Echo Request messages sent. The default is 4.

Ping Packet Size - Specifies the number of data bytes to be sent. The default is 64.

Ping Timeout - Time to wait for a response, in milliseconds. The default is 800.

Traceroute Max TTL - Set the maximum number of hops (max TTL to be reached) in the
path to search for the target (destination). The default is 20.
Click Start to check the connectivity of the Internet.
The Diagnostic Results page displays the result of diagnosis.
If the result is similar to the following screen, the connectivity of the Internet is fine.
 Note:
1.
Only one user can use the diagnostic tools at one time.
2.
"Ping Count", "Ping Packet Size" and "Ping Timeout" are Ping Parameters, and "Traceroute
Max TTL" is Traceroute Parameter.
4.21.3
Firmware Upgrade
Choose menu “System Tools → Firmware Upgrade”, and then you can update the latest
version of firmware for the router on the following screen.
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Firmware Version - Displays the current firmware version.

Hardware Version - Displays the current hardware version. The hardware version of the
upgrade file must accord with the router’s current hardware version.
To upgrade the router's firmware, follow these instructions below:
1.
Download a most recent firmware upgrade file from our website (www.tp-link.com).
2.
Enter or select the path name where you save the downloaded file on the computer into the
Firmware File Path blank.
3.
Click the Upgrade button.
4.
The router will reboot while the upgrading has been finished.
 Note:
1)
New firmware versions are posted at www.tp-link.com and can be downloaded for free. There
is no need to upgrade the firmware unless the new firmware has a new feature you want to
use. However, when experiencing problems caused by the router rather than the
configuration, you can try to upgrade the firmware.
2)
When you upgrade the router's firmware, you may lose its current configurations, so before
upgrading the firmware please write down some of your customized settings to avoid losing
important settings.
3)
Do not turn off the router or press the Reset button while the firmware is being upgraded. Loss
of power during the upgrade could damage the router.
4)
The firmware version must correspond to the hardware.
5)
The upgrade process takes a few moments and the router restarts automatically when the
upgrade is complete.
4.21.4
Factory Defaults
Choose menu “System Tools → Factory Defaults”, and then and you can restore the
configurations of the router to factory defaults on the following screen
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Click the Restore button to reset all configuration settings to their default values.

The default User Name: admin

The default Password: admin

The default Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
 Note:
All changed settings will be lost when defaults are restored.
4.21.5
Backup & Restore
Choose menu “System Tools → Backup & Restore”, and then you can save the current
configuration of the router as a backup file and restore the configuration via a backup file as
shown in the following figure.

Click the Backup button to save all configuration settings as a backup file in your local
computer.

To upgrade the router's configuration, follow these instructions.
•
Click the Browse button to find the configuration file which you want to restore.
•
Click the Restore button to update the configuration with the file whose path is the one
you have input or selected in the blank.
 Note:
The current configuration will be covered with the uploading configuration file. Wrong process will
lead the device unmanaged. The restoring process lasts for 20 seconds and the router will restart
automatically then. Keep the power of the router on during the process, in case of any damage.
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Reboot
Choose menu “System Tools → Reboot”, and then you can click the Reboot button to reboot
the router via the next screen.
Some settings of the router will take effect only after rebooting, which include
•
Change the LAN IP Address (system will reboot automatically).
•
Upgrade the firmware of the router (system will reboot automatically).
•
Restore the router's settings to factory defaults (system will reboot automatically).
•
Update the configuration with the file (system will reboot automatically).
4.21.7
Password
Choose menu “System Tools → Password”, and then you can change the factory default user
name and password of the router in the next screen as shown in the following figure.
It is strongly recommended that you should change the factory default user name and password
of the router, because all users who try to access the router's Web-based utility or Quick Setup
will be prompted for the router's default user name and password.
 Note:
The new user name and password must not exceed 14 characters in length and not include any
spaces. Enter the new Password twice to confirm it.
Click the Save button when finished.
Click the Clear All button to clear all.
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System Log
Choose menu “System Tools → System Log”, and then you can view the logs of the router.

Log Type - By selecting the log type, only logs of this type will be shown.

Log Level - By selecting the log level, only logs of this level will be shown.

Refresh - Refresh the page to show the latest log list.

Clear Log - All the logs will be deleted from the router permanently, not just from the page.

Save Log - Click to save all the logs in a txt file.

Log Settings - Click to change the log settings.
4.21.9
Statistics
Choose menu “System Tools → Statistics”, and then you can view the statistics of the router,
including total traffic and current traffic of the last Packets Statistic Interval.
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Statistics Status - Enable or Disable. The default value is disabled. To enable it, click the
Enable button. If it is disabled, the function of DoS protection in Security settings will be
disabled.

Statistics Interval (5-60) - The default value is 10. Select a value between 5 and 60
seconds in the drop-down list. The Packets Statistic interval indicates the time section of the
packets statistic.
Click Reset All to reset the values of all the entries to zero.
Click Delete All to delete all entries in the table.
Click the Refresh button to refresh immediately.
Statistics Table:
IP/MAC Address
Packets
Total
Bytes
Packets
Bytes
ICMP
Current
Tx
The IP and MAC address are displayed with related statistics.
The total number of packets received and transmitted by the
router.
The total number of bytes received and transmitted by the router.
The total number of packets received and transmitted in the last
Packets Statistic interval seconds.
The total number of bytes received and transmitted in the last
Packets Statistic interval seconds.
The number of the ICMP packets transmitted to WAN per second
at the specified Packets Statistics interval. It is shown like
“current transmitting rate / Max transmitting rate”.
The number of UDP packets transmitted to the WAN per second
UDP Tx
at the specified Packets Statistics interval. It is shown like
“current transmitting rate / Max transmitting rate”.
TCP
SYN Tx
The number of TCP SYN packets transmitted to the WAN per
second at the specified Packets Statistics interval. It is shown like
“current transmitting rate / Max transmitting rate”.
Reset
Reset the value of he entry to zero.
Delete
Delete the existing entry in the table.
Operation
There would be 5 entries on each page. Click Previous to return to the previous page and Next to
the next page.
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4.22 Logout
Choose ”Logout”, and you will be back to the login screen as shown in the following figure.
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Appendix A: FAQ
1.
How do I configure the router to access Internet by ADSL users?
1)
First, configure the ADSL Modem configured in RFC1483 bridge model.
2)
Connect the Ethernet cable from your ADSL Modem to the Internet port on the router.
The telephone cord plugs into the Line port of the ADSL Modem.
3)
Login to the router, click the “Network” menu on the left of your browser, and click "WAN"
submenu. On the WAN page, select “PPPoE/Russia PPPoE” for WAN Connection Type.
Type user name in the “User Name” field and password in the “Password” field, type
password in the “Confirm Password” field again, finish by clicking “Connect”.
4)
If your ADSL lease is in “pay-according-time” mode, select “Connect on demand” or
“Connect manually” for Internet connection mode. Type an appropriate number for “Max
Idle Time” to avoid wasting paid time. Otherwise, you can select “Always on” for Internet
connection mode.
 Note:
1.
2.
2.
Sometimes the connection cannot be disconnected although you specify a time to Max
Idle Time, since some applications is visiting the Internet continually in the background.
If you are a Cable user, please configure the router following the above steps.
How do I configure the router to access Internet by Ethernet users?
1)
Login to the router, click the “Network” menu on the left of your browser, and click "WAN"
submenu. On the WAN page, select “Dynamic IP” for "WAN Connection Type", finish by
clicking “Save”.
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Some ISPs require that you register the MAC Address of your adapter, which is
connected to your cable/DSL Modem during installation. If your ISP requires MAC
register, login to the router and click the "Network" menu link on the left of your browser,
and then click "MAC Clone" submenu link. On the "MAC Clone" page, if your PC’s MAC
address is proper MAC address, click the "Clone MAC Address" button and your PC’s
MAC address will fill in the "WAN MAC Address" field. Or else, type the MAC Address
into the "WAN MAC Address" field. The format for the MAC Address is
XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX. Then click the "Save" button. It will take effect after rebooting.
3.
I want to use Netmeeting, what do I need to do?
1)
If you start Netmeeting as a host, you don’t need to do anything with the router.
2)
If you start as a response, you need to configure Virtual Server or DMZ Host and make
sure the H323 ALG is enabled.
3)
How to configure Virtual Server: Log in to the router, click the “Forwarding” menu on the
left of your browser, and click "Virtual Servers" submenu. On the "Virtual Servers"
page, click Add New. Then on the “Add or Modify a Virtual Server Entry” page, enter
“1720” for the “Service Port” blank, and your IP address for the “IP Address” blank, taking
192.168.0.169 for an example, remember to Enable and Save.
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 Note:
Your opposite side should call your WAN IP, which is displayed on the “Status” page.
4)
How to enable DMZ Host: Log in to the router, click the “Forwarding” menu on the left of
your browser, and click "DMZ" submenu. On the "DMZ" page, click Enable radio button
and type your IP address into the “DMZ Host IP Address” field, using 192.168.0.169 as
an example, remember to click the Save button.
5)
How to enable H323 ALG: Log in to the router, click the “Security” menu on the left of
your browser, and click “Basic Security” submenu. On the “Basic Security” page,
check the Enable radio button next to H323 ALG. Remember to click the Save button.
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I want to build a WEB Server on the LAN, what should I do?
1)
Because the WEB Server port 80 will interfere with the WEB management port 80 on the
router, you must change the WEB management port number to avoid interference.
2)
To change the WEB management port number: Log in to the router, click the “Security”
menu on the left of your browser, and click "Remote Management" submenu. On the
"Remote Management" page, type a port number except 80, such as 88, into the "Web
Management Port" field. Click Save and reboot the router.
 Note:
If the above configuration takes effect, you can visit and configure the router by typing
http://192.168.0.1:88 (the router’s LAN IP address: Web Management Port) in the address
field of the Web browser. If the LAN IP of the modem connected with your router is
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192.168.0.x, the default LAN IP of the router will automatically switch from 192.168.0.1 to
192.168.1.1 to avoid IP conflict; in this case, please try http://192.168.1.1:88.
3)
Log in to the router, click the “Forwarding” menu on the left of your browser, and click
the "Virtual Servers" submenu. On the "Virtual Servers" page, click Add New, then on
the “Add or Modify a Virtual Server” page, enter “80” into the blank next to the “Service
Port”, and your IP address next to the “IP Address”, assuming 192.168.0.188 for an
example, remember to Enable and Save.
5.
The wireless stations cannot connect to the router.
1)
Make sure the "Wireless Radio Band" is enabled.
2)
Make sure that the wireless stations' SSID accord with the router's SSID.
3)
Make sure the wireless stations have right KEY for encryption when the router is
encrypted.
4)
If the wireless connection is ready, but you can’t access the router, check the IP Address
of your wireless stations.
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Appendix B: Configuring the PC
In this section, we’ll introduce how to install and configure the TCP/IP correctly in Windows XP.
First make sure your Ethernet Adapter is working, refer to the adapter’s manual if needed.
1.
Install TCP/IP component
1) On the Windows taskbar, click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control
Panel.
2)
3)
Click the Network and Internet Connections icon, and then click on the Network
Connections tab in the appearing window.
Right click the icon that showed below, select Properties on the prompt page.
4)
In the prompt page that showed below, double click on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
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The following TCP/IP Properties window will display and the IP Address tab is open on
this window by default.
6)
Select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server automatically, as
shown in the Figure below:
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Appendix C: Specifications
General
Standards
IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE
802.11a, IEEE 802.11e, IEEE 802.11i, IEEE 802.1X, IEEE 802.3X,
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Protocols
TCP/IP, PPPoE, DHCP, ICMP, NAT, SNTP, IGMPv3, L2TP, PPTP,
IPv6, MLD
Ports
Cabling Type
1 10/100M Auto-Negotiation Internet RJ45 port;
4 10/100M Auto-Negotiation Ethernet RJ45 ports supporting Auto
MDI/MDIX;
1 USB port supporting storage/FTP/Media/Print Server;
10BASE-T: UTP category 3, 4, 5 cable (maximum 100m)
EIA/TIA-568 100Ω STP (maximum 100m)
LEDs
100BASE-TX: UTP category 5, 5e cable (maximum 100m)
EIA/TIA-568 100Ω STP (maximum 100m)
Power, 2.4G Wireless, 5G Wireless, Internet, Ethernet, USB, WPS
Safety & Emissions
FCC, CE
Wireless
Frequency Band*
Radio Data Rate
Frequency Expansion
Modulation
Security
2.4GHz, 5GHz
11b: 1/2/5.5/11Mbps
11a/g: 6/9/12/18/24/36/48/54/Mbps
11n: up to 300Mbps
11ac: up to 867Mbps
DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum)
11ac: 256-QAM for OFDM
11n/g/a: QPSK,BPSK,16-QAM, 64-QAM for OFDM
11b: CCK,DQPSK,DBPSK
WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA2-PSK/WPA-PSK
2.4G:
Sensitivity @PER
11g 54M: -76dBm
11n HT20 MCS7: -74dBm
11n HT40 MCS7: -71dBm
5G:
11a 54Mbps:-76dBm
11ac VHT20 MCS8: -70dBm
11ac VHT40 MCS9: -65.5dBm
11ac VHT80 MCS9: -61.5dBm
Environmental and Physical
Temperature
Humidity
Operating: 0℃~40℃ (32℉~104℉)
Storage: -40℃~70℃ (-40℉~158℉)
Operating: 10% - 90% RH, Non-condensing
Storage: 5% - 90% RH, Non-condensing
* Only 2.412GHz~2.462GHz is allowed to be used in USA, which means only channel 1~11 is available for
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Appendix D: Glossary

802.11ac - IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless computer networking standard of 802.11.This
specification will enable multi-station WLAN throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second .This
is accomplished by extending the air interface concepts embraced by 802.11n: wider RF
bandwidth, more MIMO spatial streams, multi-user MIMO, and high-density modulation (up to
256 QAM).

802.11n - 802.11n builds upon previous 802.11 standards by adding MIMO (multiple-input
multiple-output). MIMO uses multiple transmitter and receiver antennas to allow for increased
data throughput via spatial multiplexing and increased range by exploiting the spatial diversity,
perhaps through coding schemes like Alamouti coding. The Enhanced Wireless Consortium
(EWC) [3] was formed to help accelerate the IEEE 802.11n development process and
promote a technology specification for interoperability of next-generation wireless local area
networking (WLAN) products.

802.11b - The 802.11b standard specifies a wireless networking at 11 Mbps using
direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS) technology and operating in the unlicensed radio
spectrum at 2.4GHz, and WEP encryption for security. 802.11b networks are also referred to
as Wi-Fi networks.

802.11g - specification for wireless networking at 54 Mbps using direct-sequence
spread-spectrum (DSSS) technology, using OFDM modulation and operating in the
unlicensed radio spectrum at 2.4GHz, and backward compatibility with IEEE 802.11b devices,
and WEP encryption for security.

DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name System) - The capability of assigning a fixed host and domain
name to a dynamic Internet IP Address.

DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) - A protocol that automatically configure the
TCP/IP parameters for the all the PC(s) that are connected to a DHCP server.

DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) - A Demilitarized Zone allows one local host to be exposed to the
Internet for a special-purpose service such as Internet gaming or videoconferencing.

DNS (Domain Name System) - An Internet Service that translates the names of websites into
IP addresses.

Domain Name - A descriptive name for an address or group of addresses on the Internet.

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) - A technology that allows data to be sent or received over
existing traditional phone lines.

ISP (Internet Service Provider) - A company that provides access to the Internet.
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MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) - The size in bytes of the largest packet that can be
transmitted.

NAT (Network Address Translation) - NAT technology translates IP addresses of a local area
network to a different IP address for the Internet.

PPPoE (Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet) - PPPoE is a protocol for connecting remote
hosts to the Internet over an always-on connection by simulating a dial-up connection.

SSID - A Service Set Identification is a thirty-two character (maximum) alphanumeric key
identifying a wireless local area network. For the wireless devices in a network to
communicate with each other, all devices must be configured with the same SSID. This is
typically the configuration parameter for a wireless PC card. It corresponds to the ESSID in
the wireless Access Point and to the wireless network name.

WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) - A data privacy mechanism based on a 64-bit or 128-bit or
152-bit shared key algorithm, as described in the IEEE 802.11 standard.

Wi-Fi - A trade name for the 802.11b wireless networking standard, given by the Wireless
Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA, see http://www.wi-fi.net), an industry standards group
promoting interoperability among 802.11b devices.

WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) - A group of computers and associated devices
communicate with each other wirelessly, which network serving users are limited in a local
area.
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