Configuration Guide for the 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 complete tutorial for Universal Repeater mode, which is much sought after by visitors LaCuevaWifi.com . First of all, we know that if we are to buy a TP-Link TL-WA5210G for use as a repeater is to consider several important aspects:
- Unlike the AP or client mode, Universal Repeater mode only supports WEP keys.
- Can not change the network name and password when repeated, ie repeats the signal with the same name and same password.
- The TL-WA5210G features 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 using the current POE injector as shown in the picture:
LAN Connector POE injector we get a network cable to the RJ45 connector of the network card of our 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 PC's network card manually, since this team brings not enabled by default the DHCP server. The default IP address of the TL-WA5210G is 192.168.1.254, so we need to give your PC an IP address of the network range, for example: 192.168.1.10.
As a gateway we can use its own IP address of the TL-WA5210G or if we know the IP address of ADSL router to which we are connected. As DNS servers can use both the TL-WA5210G as the ADSL router, IP addresses as well as providing us with the ISP.
After connecting the equipment and set up your PC, 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 request for equipment identification:
To enter you must write the user name and password, default: user: 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 network connection, wireless connection and data traffic statistics.
To start the configuration tab enter "Operation Mode" option and choose the AP, which is marked by default, save changes and go to the Network tab.
In this option we can change the network address of the TL-WA5210G if we already have in use 192.168.1.254.
Also set the IP address of the gateway "Gateway", this should be the IP address of ADSL router to connect us to leave.
Once made the change click on the Save button to save, and wait until the computer restarts with the new configuration.
Now to setup Wireless in the first option "Basic Settings" no need to change anything, as in repeater mode the computer takes these parameters of the network to which it connects. That is, we can not give a name to the network, which used the name of the network you connect, and its configuration.
So we go directly to "Wireless mode", in this section have two options to configure 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 enabled WDS and MAC address in our mailing list WDS.
In this tutorial we set TL-WA5210G as "Universal Repeater" in this way we can connect our TP-link to any equipment that emits a signal WIFI WEP key.
We set the mode "Universal Repeater" and at the bottom click on "Survey" will open a new window where all wireless networks are detected by the TL-WA5210G, we choose our own by clicking the Connect button.
When we see that in paragraph Universal Repeater appears the Mac address of our network.
The next step in configuration is to specify the network password, 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 are trying to connect has a WEP key, we have to dial "WEP" Option "Type" we can leave it on Auto, and hexadecimal format. To enable the "Key 1", modify the "Key type" disabled at 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 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" under "DHCP". Change for enable disable, and specify the address range that can provide the equipment to connect to it.
Optionally you can configure the gateway, and DNS servers set.
The TL-WA5210G incorporates an antenna 12dbi panel, it is important to note that this antenna emits or receives only one direction, so when used as repeater should be aware that we get higher quality signal only if the router that emits the signal and the teams are going to receive within the opening angle of the antenna.
If computers are to receive the signal are close to the repeater can also receive signal as the antenna despite being directional, you can create a small radius of coverage.
Another option that allows this team to have a female RPSMA connector, connect an antenna is omnidirectional, so you can receive and transmit the signal in all directions, so we will draw a larger repeater mode performance of this equipment.
In the case of using an outdoor antenna must configure the computer to use the outside and not inside, it can do in the advanced options (Advanced Settings) in the Wireless Settings section. We modify the "Antenna Settings", and we put "External"