An Access Point mode acts as a portal for devices to connect to the local area network. It is very easy to do a TP-Link extender setup as an access point. It runs through a cable between the router and TP-Link extender and the cable has to be connected all the time. An access point mode allows you to transform wired signals into wireless ones.
Access Point mode is also used to extend the wireless signals of the exiting router same as the extender mode. It provides you more stable connection as compared to extender mode but you have to use a long ethernet cable if you want to use it as an access point mode. Because you won’t be able to move it, without the cable.
Steps to do TP-Link extender setup as an access point
It also has pretty much similar instructions or steps as the extender mode setup. But it is slightly different, there are a couple of points that you need to consider before you dig into the setup process.
- Ethernet cable should be connected between the router and the extender.
- Like extender mode, you don’t need to select the wifi name that you want to extend. Instead of selecting the network, you need to create a network and password. You can create any name password according to your choice.
Follow the steps for successful access point mode connection:
- Plug your extender into the power and let it boot up.
- Connect cable between router and extender.
- Open the browser on your computer and type http://tplinkrepeater or 192.168.0.254 in the address bar. It allows you to get the login screen.
- Once you get a login screen, it will ask you to create a log-in password. In case you don’t wanna create you can use the default which is admin.
- Now, you need to select the operational mode, as you want to set up as an access point so you need to select an access point.
- It will ask you to create Network Name and Password for the access point. These details will help you to connect your device wirelessly with the extender after configuration.
- Click on Save and it will take some time to apply the changes on it.
- Finally, you can use it.
Exntender is old and is already configured as an extender mode
Well, the above instructions are useful, if your extender is new and has never been used before. But what if, your extender was already configured? If this the case, then you do the access point setup via two methods.
You need to login into the extender by using the IP address of the extender. If you don’t know the IP address of the extender. Then, you need to log in to the router and from there you can get the IP address. Now type the IP address in the browser and login to the extender by using the login password.
Now, administrative settings and chage the operational mode from extender to access point. After changing the operational mode, you need to create the network name and password for the extender and click on Save to apply the changes.
In case, you are not able to perform method 1 somehow. Then, you can use this method, in this you need to reset your extender to the factory settings.
After successfully resetting your extender, you can perform the same instruction as for the new setup. Because after resetting the default, extender acts like as brand new device.