This example shows my TP-LINK TL-WA701ND conning to a Sky Broadband box, but this example will work with other models of TP-LINK and other broadband providers.

The end result of this is that, I have full Wi-Fi coverage in the house, I can be on the internet on my mobile phone in one room and walk into the rear of the house it will then auto connect to the other box and I dont even notice, plus we can now use Wi Fi in the garden which is great if you want to sit outside in the summer, if we get any more sun that is.

So, it was time to upgrade the network at home a bit, due to a few wireless issues.  Same as most people, my wireless does not cover the entire house, even though the box is in a centre part of the house and has had a new high gain aerial which did improve things, but its still not perfect.

I was lucky enough to have a RJ45 cable feed to the back room that goes from the Sky router to the PC.  So I connected this to a Hub i had and then connected the PC to this alongside the feed to the new TP-LINK box.  I put the TP-LINK as high up as possible so it had the best range.

I decided to buy the TP-Link TL-WA701ND 150Mbps Wireless Lite N Access Pointfrom Amazon, this has some great reviews and at £17.99 you cant complain at the price either.

Connecting it up is easy to start with you need to assign a static IP address of 192.168.1.100 to your PC, you dont need a gateway or DNS. Click on the mask and it will auto insert 255.255.255.0 then connect cable from your PC to the box and power it up.  Enter 192.168.1.254 in your browser and you can then login with the default username and password (admin/admin) but remember to change the password later.

If your Sky box is not on the 192.168.1.x range then you will need to give this TO-LINK box a new IP address in your range. My network is the 192.168.0.x range so i gave my TP-LINK a IP of 192.168.0.2 and the gateway points back to 192.168.0.1 which is the Ip address of my Sky router.

Regarding the wireless settings, I had fun getting this bit to work how I wanted but in the end I set the box as “Access Point”

One final thing to note, is UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE this bit saved my life, I could get it to connect but it would not auto switch if I moved to the other side of the house, I found a random internet post that suggested upgrade the firmware and this sorted the issue for me.  Also you need the Channel to be the same on both box’s as well, this is on the Wi-Fi settings. 

http://www.tp-link.com/en/support/download/?model=TL-WA701ND&version=V1

By Duncan

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