TP-Link N300 | TL-WA855RE Repeater

TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender TL-WA855RE is your solution to dead zones. This extender is wirelessly connected to your router to strengthen its signal and expand its coverage. This device reduces your regular signal interferences and ensures consistent Wi-Fi coverage. It also features two external antennas with MIMO technology for faster and more reliable performance. This extender also works as an entertainment adapter in which we can connect our entertainment devices like Smart TV, Game consoles, and desktop by extending our router signal. It supports AP mode that enables the user to create a new Wi-fi Access point and can easily expand its wireless coverage too. With a speed of up to 300Mbps, TL-WA855RE Wi-fi Range Extender will make all your favorite devices run faster than ever.

Its compact design and easy setup help you to expand your wireless Internet at a push of the WPS button. It also shows compatibility with all Wi-Fi router or wireless access points. You can also adjust the settings that affect your wireless coverage area by its Wi-fi Coverage Control feature, secure your network by controlling who uses it by its access control feature, and can even schedule a time to turn the extender on/off using its power schedule feature. Further, the state of your extender can be conveniently monitored using its intuitive Tether app. The TP-Link N300 extender boosts your Internet performance and extends the coverage to your entire home or office. With the at-power features of its competitors, TP-Link N300 is an affordable solution to all your needs.

TP-Link N300 TL-WA855RE extender Setup

Most of the routers are not excessively user-friendly and easy to operate and can only be set up by professionals. But TP-Link N300 TL-WA855RE is relatively simple to operate and can be set up by anyone even with less technical knowledge.

  1. Plug the extender into a power source in close proximity of your host router and wait for the Power LED to turn on.
  2. To connect to the host network, you can opt for any of the two ways –
    * Via the WPS button
    * Via Web browser

TP-Link TL-WA855RE Connection via WPS button

  1. Firstly, press the WPS button on your host router and within 2 minutes press the WPS button on your extender.
  2. Wait for the WPS connection to become successful which will be indicated by the turning to LED to a solid blue color.
  3. Your extender network will share the same network name (SSID) as well as password as that of your host network. Now, you can connect to your extended network easily.

TP-Link TL-WA855RE Setup via the Web browser

1. Firstly, you need to connect your device to the extender’s wireless network.
Windows users-
  • Unplug the Ethernet cables from your computer if there are any plugged in and select the Wi-fi icon on the taskbar.
  • Connect your device to the extender’s wireless network and you are good to go.
Mac OS users-
  • Unplug the Ethernet cables from your computer if there are any plugged in and select the Wi-fi icon on the top right corner of your screen.
  • Connect your device to the extender’s wireless network and you are good to go.
2. Now, connect the extender to your host router by following the Quick Setup Wizard instructions as follows-
  • Go to the URL http://tplinkrepeater.net or http://192.168.0.254 and create a password for your extender and click Start.
  • Now, select your host router’s SSID and type in the password and click Next.
  • For the extender network, you can either keep the default SSID or customize it and then click Next.
  • Make sure to verify the wireless setting and then click Save. Now the LED should turn solid blue.
  • Your extender network will share the same network name (SSID) as well as a password as that of your host network. Now, you can connect to your extended network easily.

Where to position the TP-Link TL-WA855RE extender?

  • You can select a place between the router and the Wi-Fi in a dead zone and then plug the extender there. But, make sure that the extender must be in the range of the router.
  • Now, wait until the LED turns to solid blue. Blue indicates that the location is good so if the LED does not turn blue, adjust the location of the extender until you see a blue light.

Note -To minimize signal interference, choose a location that is far away from electronic devices.

TP-Link N300 TL-WA855RE different LED Status?

Different LED Status of your extender indicates the connection status of your device.

1. SIGNAL
  • Blue – indicates that the extender is connected to the router’s wireless network and also is in a good location.
  • Red – indicates that the extender is facing poor connection or signal and you’ll need to relocate it for a better connection.
  • Flashing – indicates that the WPS connection is establishing.
  • Off – indicates that there is no wireless connection that has been established.
2. POWER
  • On – indicates that the extender is on.
  • Flashing – indicates that the system is starting or there is a firmware up-gradation running.
  • Off – indicates that the extender is off.

How to Check internet status on TP-Link N300?

Setting up of the extender perfectly is important to get high-quality signals for better and stable internet connection. You can check the internet status of your extender to ensure a successful installation by following the steps below-

  1. Firstly, go to the URL http://tplinkrepeater.net and then using your password set for the extender.
  2. Now, navigate to Settings and click on Status. Four icons corresponding to the Internet, Router, Extender, and clients will appear on the screen.
    * If everything looks fine, the extender is functioning properly
    * If you see a red cross on the internet icon and the connection between the Router and extender, the extender is not connected to the host network. You can go to settings> wireless> connect to the network to check the password of the host network.
    * If you see a red cross only on the internet icon, then the extender is conned to the host network but the issue lies in transmitting data. You’ll need to check your router’s internet connection.
    * If you see a red cross on the internet icon and a caution icon on the connection between the Router and extender, the extender is connected to the router abnormally. You can go to settings> network and try setting your extender.

What are the uses of different Ports and buttons on the TP-Link WA855RE extender?

  • WPS button: It is used to set a successful WPS connection. Use the WPS button on the router and the lock symbol button on the extender, which will change the led light from blinking to solid.
  • Reset button: To reset the extender just use the pin to press the reset button for 1 sec, then the extender will restart.
  • Ethernet port: Some of the devices are there that usually have only the Ethernet port, so these devices can be connected to the extender using the Ethernet port.

How to Specify DHCP Server Settings on TP-Link TL-WA855RE?

The DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server is enabled by default but you can change the settings of the DHCP Server if required by following the steps below-

  1. Go to URL http://tplinkrepeater.net and enter the credentials set for the extender to login.
  2. From Settings, go to network.
  3. Specify the IP address that the extender assigns by following the steps below-
    Select Auto or On to enable the DHCP Server.
    Type the starting and ending IP addresses in the IP Address pool.
    The Default Gateway is filled in by default. Enter the other needed parameters and click on Save.
  4. You can also view the information of the DHPC clients connected to the extender in the DHPC Client list.

How to set up a Power Schedule on TP-Link N300 TL-WA855RE?

The power schedule is helpful as it allows you to set up a specific time when the extender should go off. To set up a power schedule, follow the steps below-

  1. Go to URL http://tplinkrepeater.net and enter the credentials set for the extender to login.
  2. In Settings, navigate to Advanced Settings and go to Power schedule.
  3. You can specify the power-off time and days by selecting ‘Enable Power Schedule’ and click Save.
  4. Now, your extender will automatically turn off during the specified period.

How to upgrade the firmware of TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender TL-WA855RE?

Verify the hardware version of your device. As the TP-Link Range Extender can only upgrade firmware for the same hardware version. Do it carefully as the incorrect or incomplete upgrading may harm the device and void the warranty.

  1. Avoid upgrading the firmware using a wireless connection.
  2. While the upgrade is in process, make sure NOT to turn off the power or remove the Ethernet cable.
  3. Download the latest firmware version compatible with your device. Now unzip the folder to extract the required files.
  4. Next, go to TP-LINK Range Extender’s web management page and log in.
  5. Backup your current Settings before performing the upgrade as in some cases, the firmware update may reset the settings on the extender. Click on System Tools, find the option to Backup & Restore, and save the current settings.
  6. Click on System Tools then find the Firmware Upgrade option; select the Browse button and select the firmware file (ended with .bin).
  7.  Click on the Upgrade button and all the device to reboot after upgradation.
  8. After waiting for a few minutes, check if the extender’s firmware has been upgraded properly.
  9. To make sure the new upgrade takes effect, it is suggest to restore the device to factory default. Click System Tools, look for the Backup & Restore option and then select Factory Restore.
  10. After the factory default is complete, you need to reconfigure the router from the start or you can also restore the settings from the backup file you save earlier.

How to determine the working status of my Range Extender TL-WA855RE via the LED lights?

  • Range Extender light is using to indicate the WPS process. After the Range Extender’s RE/WPS button is press, the RE light starts to blink for a few minutes, and that if the RE light is solid on, it means the WPS process is successful.
  • The Signal lights of the Range Extender are meant to tell you whether your Range Extender has successfully connects to the wireless router or not. Hence in most cases, if you need to check the working status of your range extender, you just need to check RE’s Signal lights. They will tell you if you have successfully configured your Range Extender.

How to reset the Tp-Link-WA855RE range extender?

To reset your range extender to its default settings, follow the steps below-

  1. Turn on your range extender TL- WA855RE.
  2. When the extender is power on, press the RESET button and hold it for at least 15 seconds, after the LED lights turn off then release the button.
  3. The device will restart automatically and the default setting would be restored.

What to do if the TP Link N300 extender’s web management page is inaccessible?

  1. Check the physical connection between your device and the range extender.
  2. Login to the web interface using a default IP address or default domain name that is provided in the installation guide. Make sure you are using the address bar and not the search bar to type the domain name or IP address.
    * If you are able to access the login address using the domain name or IP address but are not able to login using a login username and password, you can try the default credentials that are “admin” as both password and username in lowercase. If you are unable to use default credentials, you can reset the device into default settings.
  3. Restart the device.
  4. Try connecting just one end-device to the TP-link device and avoid connecting other devices that can affect the web-based management server of the range extender or end-device.
    * In case the problem persists, try different end-devices or web browsers. Or try to restart your end-device or clear DNS cache. You can also try to disable the firewall or antivirus software.
  5. If needed, contact the TP-link support for further assistance.

How to Adjust the Wi-Fi Coverage of the Range Extender?

The extender’s Wi-Fi coverage can be set according to how much area you want your Wi-Fi to cover.

  1. Visit the website: http://tplinkrepeater.net, Login using your username and password as you’ve set for the extender.
  2. Go to settings then select Advanced Settings, there find the option for Wi-fi Coverage.
  3. To set your Wi-Fi coverage for your extender, select Min, Max, or Mid from the options.
  4. Click on save.

How to set Access Control?

Access control as its name suggests controls the devices from accessing the internet for a specified time period. To set up Access control follow the steps also-

  1. Go to URL http://tplinkrepeater.net and enter the credentials set for the extender to login.
  2. In Settings, navigate to Advanced Settings and also go to Access Control.
  3. In the Access Control menu, enable Access Control.
  4. To block specific devices from accessing the internet, follow the steps below-
    Note- The devices connected via an Ethernet cannot be blocked.
    Go to Blacklist and click Save.
    In the Online Devices table, tick the checkbox next to the devices you want to block and also click on Block.
    Now, these selected devices will be add to the Devices in Blacklists table.
    In the Devices in Blacklist table, set the Effective Time as ‘Cannot access at any time’ if you want to block the devices completely at all time or ‘Cannot access based on the time schedule’ and specify the time and day(s) if you want to block the devices for a particular period of time and again click OK.
  5. To permit specific devices to access the internet, follow the steps below-
    * Go to Whitelist and also click Save.
    * Select Add in the Devices in Whitelist table and enter the device name, Mac address and specify the effective time and click OK.

How to use the Extender as a wireless adapter?

You can use the TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range extender TL-WA855RE as a wireless adapter to connect any wired-only device. Devices like a game console, DVR, or smart TV can be connected to your wireless network using this extender. To use the Extender as a wireless adapter, connect an Ethernet-enabled device to it via an Ethernet cable after configuration.

How to set TP-Link N300 TL-WA855RE Extender as Access Point?

  1. Go to URL http://tplinkrepeater.net and enter the credentials as well set for the extender to login.
  2. You’ll see Mode in the top right corner of the page, click on it.
  3. Now, click on Access Point also and save.
  4. Now, allow the extender to reboot and it’ll automatically switch to Access Point mode.
  5. Connect your extender to the router via an Ethernet cable after it reboots and again go to URL http://tplinkrepeater.net and enter the credentials set for the extender to login.
  6. Now, to configure your extender, select Quick Setup and follow the steps below-
    * You’ll need to configure the wireless settings from the quick setup and then select Next.
    * Make sure that the information is correct and select Finish.

How to connect your wireless device to the extender via WPS?

  1. Go to URL http://tplinkrepeater.net and enter the credentials also set for the extender to login.
  2. In Settings, navigate to Wireless and go to WPS.
  3. Enable WPS.
  4. To connect via WPS –
    * AP’s PIN – Enable AP’s Pin and type in the PIN. The Generate option next to it will generate a new PIN for you while the Default option will restore the PIN to its factory setting.
    * Push Button (Recommended) – In the WPS Wizard select Push Button (recommended). Select Connect and it’ll push the WPS button on the client device.
    * PIN code – Type in the client’s PIN and Connect.

TP-Link WA855RE Review

The TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range extender TL-WA855RE is really an amazing purchase appreciate by almost everyone due to the simplicity and the features jam-loaded into it. Reviews on certain characteristics are mention below-

  • Appearance: It looks stylish and is really compact and also can be used with any socket without consuming much space. It even blends well with any decor of the house and doesn’t look odd at all.
  • Portability and flexibility: The size of the extender is really small. Yes, it won’t get fit in your pocket. But none of the Wi-Fi extenders do. But it can be put in the backpack easily without consuming much space in it. Its symmetrical design helps to fit in any corner of the backpack.
  • Ports and connectivity: Almost every type of port connectivity is also available in the extender. You can connect to any of the devices using a Wi-Fi or can even block the ones that you don’t want to be connect to. If some devices have Ethernet connection only, then it can also be connects using the Ethernet port.
  • Connecting to the router: It is really easy to connect it to the router, it’s like a cup of tea for even a non-technical person. After connecting once, you don’t have to reconnect it every time you want to use the extender. Even there is the flexibility of connecting it via the WPS button, via a web browser and also via a TP-Link tether app.
  • Extending ranges: This is the main expectation from an extender and this one also works pretty well in this regard. It has 3 extending ranges Min, Mid, Max. You can set any of the range required by you. It also gives you a stable and high-quality signal to every range once set in the range of the router.
  • LED Indicators: You don’t have to look for options again and again to confirm the mode of your extender. LED lights give all the status of the extender.

All in all, we can call this Wi-fi range extender a worthy purchase.

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