The TL-WR700N as a Client Adapter

In this mode, the TL-WR700N is connected to another device by an Ethernet cable and acts as an adaptor to send/receive the wireless signal from your wireless network.  This is particularly useful as a driverless WiFi adapter for devices such as DVD/BD players, game consoles, smart TVs, and media players.

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To configure the TL-WR700N for this mode, you will need to perform the same steps as for a AP router until you get to the point where you choose the Working Mode in the device Settings page.

  • Click Client and Click Next.
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  • For client use, you need to access your router, locate, and record wireless router
    – SSID
    – the MAC address
    – Security Password
    Please note that the TL-WR700N supports only the WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK security options in this mode.
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  • Enter this information into the appropriate fields.
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  • Reboot for the settings to save.
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From the computer I was changing these settings from, I reset the wired Ethernet port to “Obtain an IP address automatically” (which was still connected to the TL-WR700N).

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and the computer immediately found my network as if it were wired direct.  I hooked this device up to my printer, and printed a couple of pages successfully.  As a final test, I hooked it up to my BD player and had it check for updates from the Internet without an issue.

The TL-WR700N in Repeater Mode

In this mode, the TL-WR700N copies and reinforces the existing wireless signal to extend the coverage of the signal using the existing network name (SSID) and password.

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To configure the TL-WR700N for this mode, you will need to perform the same steps as for a AP router until you get to the point where you choose the Working Mode in the device Settings page.

  • Click Client and Click Next.
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  • For repeater use, you need to access your router, locate, and record wireless router
    – SSID
    – the MAC address
    – Security Type
    – Security Password
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  • Enter this information into the appropriate fields.
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  • Reboot for the settings to save.
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At this point, I checked the connection using WirelessMon.

Standard Router

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TP-LINK TL-WR700N

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For this test, I had the computer in the same approximate location as for previous tests.  I then connected the TL-WR700N within fifteen feet of the computer.  As can be seen the signal improved remarkably using the TL-WR700N as a repeater.

The TL-WR700N in Bridge Mode

In this mode, the TL-WR700N borrows existing wireless Internet and broadcasts it using a different network name (SSID) and password.

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To configure the TL-WR700N for this mode, you will need to perform the same steps as for a AP router until you get to the point where you choose the Working Mode in the device Settings page.

  • Click Bridge and Click Next.
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  • Change the TL-WR700N SSID if you wish to, then click on Survey.
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  • Select the AP you need to access by clicking on Connect.
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  • This will take you back to the previous window with the AP SSID and BSSID filled in for you.
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  • Select the Security option that corresponds to the AP and the associated Password.
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  • If you click next at this point, you may be greeted with the following message.
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  • If this the case, you will need to access your router to determine the channel it is using.  In this example, it is Channel 8.  Click on Next.
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  • In this screen, you will need to decide if this is a secured or unsecured network.  If secured, you will need to enter a PSK Password.  Click on Next.
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  • Reboot for the settings to save.
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  • Change your WiFi adapter settings to use the new network.
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  • And done!
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At this point, the TL-WR700N will behave just like a repeater with the exception that any computers hooked into this “guest” network will not be able to access your “main” network.

The TL-WR700N as a Router

In this mode, the TL-WR700N is connected to a DSL or cable modem and works as a regular wireless router.

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To configure the TL-WR700N for this mode, you will need to perform the same steps as for a AP router until you get to the point where you choose the Working Mode in the device Settings page.

  • Click Router and Click Next.
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  • Keep or change the SSID, Channel, Security Option, and PSK Password as desired.  Click Next.
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  • I have a Cable modem, so I chose Dynamic IP, which should also be the connection type to use for most home applications.
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  • Reboot for the settings to save.
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  • At this point, it is time to unplug the old router, and plug in the TL-WR700N.  It is always best to reset the modem at this time to refresh the connection between the modem and the router.  I had only one wireless computer connected at this point, so there is not much to see here.
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  • If you are not patient (like me), you will not see an Internet connection.  Wait a few minutes for all the handshaking between devices to finish up.
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  • With that bit of patience, you will finally have success!
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We have now established that the TL-WR700N can be used a WiFi router.  The next question is how well does it work for wireless devices?  The TL-WR700N was located right next to the router it had replaced.  I took the same computer I had been working with previously and went back to same location where I had taken other test data.  Using WirelessMon once again, the results using this mode:

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I was quite pleased to see that the signal strength was on a par with the more sophisticated router it had replaced.