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TL-WA850RE
300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender
REV.:1.0.0
1910010763

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  • Page 1 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender REV.:1.0.0 1910010763...
  • Page 2 Specifications are subject to change without notice. is a registered trademark of TP-LINK TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. Other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. No part of the specifications may be reproduced in any form or by any means or used to make any derivative such as translation, transformation, or adaptation without permission from TP-LINK TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
  • Page 3 FCC STATEMENT This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
  • Page 4 CE Mark Warning This is a class B product. In a domestic environment, this product may cause radio interference, in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures. This device has been designed to operate with the antennas listed below, and having a maximum gain of 4 dBi.
  • Page 5: Safety Information

    Продукт сертифіковано згідно с правилами системи УкрСЕПРО на відповідність вимогам нормативних документів та вимогам, що передбачені чинними законодавчими актами України. Safety Information When product has power button, the power button is one of the way to shut off the product; ...
  • Page 6: Declaration Of Conformity

    TP-LINK TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY For the following equipment: Product Description: 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender Model No.: TL-WA850RE Trademark: TP-LINK We declare under our own responsibility that the above products satisfy all the technical regulations applicable to the product within the scope of Council Directives:...
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS Package Contents ....................1 Chapter 1 Introduction ................... 2 Product Overview ....................2 Main Features ....................2 Appearance ....................... 2 Chapter 2 Hardware Installation ................4 Before You Begin ....................4 Basic Requirements ..................5 Connecting the Device ..................5 Chapter 3 Quick Installation Guide ...............
  • Page 8: Package Contents

    Conventions The Range Extender, the Device or TL-WA850RE mentioned in this User guide stands for TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender without any explanations. Parameters provided in the pictures are just references for setting up the product, which may differ from the actual situation.
  • Page 9: Chapter 1 Introduction

    Even though you may not be familiar with the Range Extender, you can easily configure it with the help of this Guide. Before installing the Range Extender, please look through this Guide to get the full information of the TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender.
  • Page 10: Led Explanation

    WPS or QSS button and then press the RANGE EXTENDER button to establish a secure connection between the Wireless router (or AP) and the Range Extender TL-WA850RE. RESET: This button is used to restore the Range Extender’s factory default settings.
  • Page 11: Chapter 2 Hardware Installation

    RF (radio frequency) noise in your home or office. In order to optimize the performance of TL-WA850RE, please follow the instructions below to achieve an ideal location (please make sure it is always within the wireless coverage of the wireless router).
  • Page 12: Basic Requirements

    To establish a typical connection of the Range Extender, please take the following steps: 1. Connect the Cable/DSL modem to a Wireless router with an Ethernet cable. 2. Plug your TL-WA850RE directly to a standard electrical wall socket, which is next to the Wireless router.
  • Page 13: Chapter 3 Quick Installation Guide

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender easily with a Web-based utility. With a Web-based utility, it is easy to configure and manage the TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender. The Web-based utility can be used on any Windows, Macintosh or UNIX OS with a Web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari.
  • Page 14 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide After successful login, there will pop up the Quick Setup Start page. Click Next to get the quick setup started. Figure 3-3 Quick Setup Start Figure 3-4 will appear for you to choose the region. Then click Next to continue.
  • Page 15 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide A list of available wireless network will appear. Check the box before the SSID of your desired network, and then click Next. Figure 3-6 Quick Setup – Available Wireless Networks ...
  • Page 16 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Double-check your wireless setting and network setting, when Figure 3-8 appears. If verified, click Finish to complete the Quick Setup. If there is anything wrong, click Back to return the previous pages and reconfigure it.
  • Page 17: Chapter 4 Configure The Device

    Chapter 4 Configure the Device This Chapter describes how to configure your Range Extender via the web-based management page. The TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender is easy to configure and ® manage with the Web-based (Internet Explorer, Netscape...
  • Page 18: Quick Setup

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Firmware Version - This field displays the current firmware version of the Range Extender.  Hardware Version - This field displays the current hardware version of the Range Extender.  Connection Status to Existing Network - This part shows you the current information of the ...
  • Page 19 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Figure 4-2 WPS - Enabled Operation Mode - Displays the current operation mode of the device.  WPS Status - To enable or disable the WPS function here.  Current PIN - The current value of the device's PIN is displayed here. The default PIN of the ...
  • Page 20 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Method One: Push the button of the Range Extender and Wireless Adapter Keep the “WPS Status” as Enabled and click the Add Device button in Figure 4-2, then Step 1: the following screen will appear.
  • Page 21 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Step 4: Wait until the next screen appears. Click OK to complete the WPS configuration. Figure 4-5 The WPS Configuration Screen of Wireless Adapter Method Two: Enter the PIN into my Range Extender Step 1: Configure the wireless adapter.
  • Page 22 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Step 2: Configure the router. Keep the default “WPS Status” as Enabled and click the Add device button in Figure 4-2, then the following screen will appear. Figure 4-7 Step 3: Choose Enter the new device's PIN and enter the PIN code of the wireless adapter in the field behind PIN in the previous figure.
  • Page 23 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Figure 4-9 The WPS Configuration Screen of Wireless Adapter  Note: The default PIN code of the Range Extender can be found in its label or the WPS configuration screen as Figure 4-2.
  • Page 24: Profile

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide 4.4 Profile Profile function can help you remember previously connected wireless networks. You can Edit, Delete or Add profiles in this page (as shown in Figure 4-11) for your convenient reconnection later on.
  • Page 25: Network

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Profile Name - The name you give to your wireless networks. By default, it's the same as  root SSID, but you can change it to any other names that you can easily remember and distinguish.
  • Page 26: Wireless

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Figure 4-15 LAN MAC Address - The physical address of the LAN port, as seen from the LAN. The value  cannot be changed. Type - Several IP types are supported, including: (1) Static IP; (2) Smart IP (DHCP), and they ...
  • Page 27: Wireless Settings

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide There are six submenus under the Wireless menu (shown in Figure 4-16): Wireless Settings, Wireless Security, Wireless MAC Filtering, Wireless Advanced, Wireless Statistics and Throughput Monitor. Click any of them, and you will be able to configure the corresponding function.
  • Page 28: Wireless Security

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Wireless Name of Root AP - The SSID of the AP your device is going to connect to as a  client. You can also use the search function to select the SSID to join.
  • Page 29 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Figure 4-18 Wireless Security Operation Mode - Shows the current operation mode.  Disable Security - Check this box radio button to disable wireless security. If disabled, the  wireless stations will be able to connect this device without encryption. It is strongly recommended that you choose one of the security types to enable security.
  • Page 30: Wireless Mac Filtering

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Shared Key - Select 802.11 Shared Key authentication type. Open System - Select 802.11 Open System authentication type. WEP Key Format - You can select ASCII or Hexadecimal format. ASCII format stands •...
  • Page 31 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Operation Mode - Shows the current operation mode.  Wireless MAC Filtering - Click the Enable button to trigger the Wireless MAC Address  Filtering function. The default setting is disabled.
  • Page 32: Wireless Advanced

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Click the Disable All button to make all entries disabled. Click the Delete All button to delete all entries Click the Next button to go to the next page and click the Previous button to return to the previous page.
  • Page 33: Wireless Statistics

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Operation Mode - Shows the current Operation Mode.  Transmit Power - Specifies the transmit power of the device. You can select High, Middle  or Low which you would like. High is the default setting and is recommended.
  • Page 34: Throughput Monitor

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Current Status - The connected wireless station's running status, one of STA-AUTH /  STA-ASSOC / STA-JOINED / WPA / WPA-PSK / WPA2 / WPA2-PSK / AP-UP / AP-DOWN / Disconnected Received Packets - packets received by the station ...
  • Page 35: Dhcp

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide 4.7 DHCP DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. The DHCP Server will automatically assign dynamic IP addresses to the computers on the network. This protocol simplifies network management and allows new wireless devices to receive IP addresses automatically without the need to manually assign new IP addresses.
  • Page 36: Dhcp Client List

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Figure 4-26 DHCP Settings – Enabled DHCP Server - Selecting the radio button before Disable/Enable will disable/enable the  DHCP server on your Range Extender. The default setting is Enable. If you disable the Server, you must have another DHCP server within your network or else you must manually configure the computer.
  • Page 37: System Tools

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Figure 4-27 DHCP Clients List ID - Here displays the index of the DHCP client.  Client Name - Here displays the name of the DHCP client.  MAC Address - Here displays the MAC address of the DHCP client.
  • Page 38: Factory Defaults

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Figure 4-29 Firmware Upgrade New firmware versions are posted at http://www.tp-link.com and can be downloaded for free. Firmware Version - Here displays the current firmware version.  Hardware Version - Here displays the current hardware version. The hardware version of the ...
  • Page 39: Backup & Restore

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Click Restore to reset all configuration settings to their default values. Default User Name: admin • Default Password: admin • Default IP Address: 192.168.0.254 • Default Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 • ...
  • Page 40: Password

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Click the Reboot button to reboot the device. Some settings of the device will take effect only after rebooting, which include: Change LAN IP Address (System will reboot automatically). • Change the Wireless configurations.
  • Page 41 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Figure 4-34 System Log The device can keep logs of all traffic. You can query the logs to find what happened to the device. Log Type - By selecting the log type, only logs of this type will be shown.
  • Page 42: Appendix A: Factory Defaults

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Appendix A: Factory Defaults Item Default Value Common Default Settings Username admin Password admin IP Address 192.168.0.254 Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0 Domain http://tplinkextender.net Wireless SSID TP-LINK_Extender_XXXXXX Wireless Security Disabled Wireless MAC Address Filtering Disabled ...
  • Page 43: Appendix B: Troubleshooting

    There are TWO methods available to restore the factory defaults. Method 1: With the Range Extender TL-WA850RE powered on, use a pin to press and hold the RESET button on the rear panel for more than 8 seconds before releasing it.
  • Page 44 An easy way is to compare the signal strength of your target wireless network (symbolized by its SSID), with TL-WA850RE in operation vs. out of operation. Before comparison, you’d better make sure your computer can obtain an IP address from your target wireless network and thus access the Internet, either via TL-WA850RE or without.
  • Page 45: Appendix C: Specifications

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Appendix C: Specifications General Standards and Protocols IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.11n, 802.11b and 802.11g, TCP/IP, DHCP Safety & Emission Ports One 10/100M Auto-Negotiation LAN RJ45 port Wireless Frequency Band 2.4~2.4835GHz 11n:up to 300Mbps(Automatic)...
  • Page 46: Appendix D: Glossary

    TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide Appendix D: Glossary 802.11b - The 802.11b standard specifies a wireless networking at 11 Mbps using  direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS) technology and operating in the unlicensed radio spectrum at 2.4GHz, and WEP encryption for security. 802.11b networks are also referred to as Wi-Fi networks.
  • Page 47 TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender User Guide WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) - WPA is a security technology for wireless networks that  improves on the authentication and encryption features of WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy). In fact, WPA was developed by the networking industry in response to the shortcomings of WEP.