Manual settings for TP-Link TL-WA5210G (Universal Repeater Mode)
The outdoor wireless CPE TP-Link is definitely a very versatile device. So we decided to develop a comprehensive tutorial for Universal Repeater mode, something requested by visitors LaCuevaWifi.com . First of all, we must know if we will buy a TP-Link TL-WA5210G to use as a repeater's consider several important aspects:
- Unlike the AP or client mode, Universal Repeater mode only supports WEP.
- It lets you change the network name and password when repeated, ie repeats the signal with the same name and the same password.
- The TL-WA5210G incorporates a panel antenna, so for optimum performance as a repeater is advisable to use the external connector with an omnidirectional antenna.
First, connect the TL-WA5210G to a PC and stream using the POE injector as shown in the image:
LAN Connector POE injector we get a network cable to the RJ45 connector on the network card of your PC, and POE injector connector we get a network cable (with 8 threads) to the TP-Link. Now we just connect the POE injector to power.
To begin configuring the TL-WA5210G must put the IP address of the network card of the PC manually, because this team is not enabled by default brings the DHCP server. The default IP address of the TL-WA5210G is 192.168.1.254, so we give our PC's IP address network range, for example: 192.168.1.10.
As gateway can use its own IP address of the TL-WA5210G or if we know the IP address of the ADSL router to which we are connected. As DNS servers can use both the TL-WA5210G as ADSL router, and IP addresses you provide internet provider.
Once connected to your computer, and set up your PC, and you can access the web configuration, for it opened a web browser, and type the IP address of the TL-WA5210G, default 192.168.1.254.
The first thing we should see is the equipment identification request:
To enter you must write the user name and password, default: Username: admin, Password: admin.
Once inside the WEB configuration, the first screen that appears is the "State", in it we can see the firmware version, the status of the network connection, wifi connection and traffic statistics data.
To start the configuration entered in the "Operation Mode" option and choose the AP, which is marked by default, save the changes and go to the Network tab.
In this option you can change the network address of the TL-WA5210G if we already have in use 192.168.1.254.
We also need to put the IP address of the gateway "Gateway", this should be the IP address of the ADSL router to connect us to leave.
Once made the change press the Save button to save, and wait until the computer restarts with the new configuration.
We now turn to the Wireless settings, the first option "Basic Settings" no need to change anything, because the team repeater mode takes these network parameters to which it connects. That is, we can not give a name to the network, you use the name of the network to which you connect, and its configuration.
So we go straight to "Wireless mode", in this section we have two options to configure it as a repeater, which are "repeater" and "universal repeater". The "Repeater mode" is a WDS repeater, this setting is valid only if the computer issuing the signal has WDS enabled, and our MAC address in its address list WDS.
In this manual we will configure the TL-WA5210G as "Universal Repeater" in this way we can connect our TP-link to any equipment emitting a signal with WEP WIFI.
We mark mode "Universal Repeater" and at the bottom click on the button "Survey" will open a new window where you will all wifi networks that detects TL-WA5210G, we choose our pressing the Connect button.
When we see that in paragraph Universal Repeater Mac address appears in our network.
The next step in the configuration is to specify the password for the network, therefore we vamoa to "Wireless Security" Universal Repeater mode only have two options for configuring the network key, a key is no one with WEP encryption .
If the network you want to connect has a WEP key, we have to check "WEP" Option "Type" we leave it to Automatic, and in hexadecimal format. To enable the "Key 1", we modify the "Key type" from Disabled to 64, 128 or 152 bits depending on the configuration we have in the ADSL router.
If you have followed all the steps, and should have an internet connection through the TL-WA5210G. But to prevent computers that connect to the repeater have to use a manual IP address, you can enable the DHCP server, this is done in the "Advanced Settings" in the section "DHCP". We changed for enable disable, and specify the range of addresses that can supply the equipment to connect to the.
Optionally you can configure the gateway, and DNS servers set.
The TL-WA5210G incorporates a 12dbi panel antenna, it is important to note that this antenna emits or receives only one way, so when we use it as repeater note that we will obtain higher quality signal if emitting the signal router and the computers that are going to receive it within the opening angle of the antenna.
If the computers that will receive the signal are nearly equally signal repeater can receive antenna because despite being directional, you can create a small radius of coverage.
Another option that allows this team to have a RPSMA female connector, connect an antenna is omnidirectional, so you can receive and transmit the signal in all directions, so it will draw more repeater mode performance of this equipment.
In the case of using an outdoor antenna must configure the computer to use the outside and not the inside, we can do this in the advanced options (Advanced Settings) in paragraph Wireless Settings. We modify the "Antenna Settings", and we put "External"