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TL-WPA4220
300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender
REV1.0.0
1910011038

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  • Page 1 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender REV1.0.0 1910011038...
  • 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: Safety Information

    Safety Information When product has power button, the power button is one of the way to shut off the product; when there is no power button, the only way to completely shut off power is to disconnect the product or the power adapter from the power source.
  • Page 4: Important Safety Instructions

    Important Safety Instructions 1. Do not open this product or attempt to service it; it may expose you to dangerous high voltage or other risks. 2. Do not operate this product near water. 3. Do not place or operate this product near a radiator or a heat register. 4.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS Chapter 1 Introduction.......................... 1 1.1 System Requirement ........................1 1.2 Package Contents ......................... 1 1.3 Conventions........................... 2 Chapter 2 Hardware Connection......................3 2.1 Before You Begin........................... 3 2.2 LED Indicator..........................4 2.3 Physical Interface .......................... 5 2.4 Hardware Connection ........................5 2.5 Wi-Fi Clone Button for Super Range Extension................
  • Page 6: Chapter 1 Introduction

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Chapter 1 Introduction Congratulations on your purchase of this outstanding 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender. This device is not only a 500Mbps powerline Ethernet adapter which transforms your house’s existing electrical wiring into a ubiquitous networking infrastructure, but also a 300Mbps Wi-Fi Access Point which creates a wireless network allowing for greater range and mobility.
  • Page 7: Conventions

    300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender 1.3 Conventions The extender, or TL-WPA4220, or device mentioned in this User Guide stands for TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender without any explanations. Parameters provided in the pictures are just references for setting up the product. They may differ from the actual situation.
  • Page 8: Chapter 2 Hardware Connection

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Chapter 2 Hardware Connection 2.1 Before You Begin Please read this User Guide carefully before installing and using the equipment. The operating distance or range of your wireless connection varies significantly based on the physical placement of the powerline extender.
  • Page 9: Led Indicator

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender 2.2 LED Indicator The LED indicator displays information about the device’s status. LEDs Name Status Indication Solid The device is on. Power LED The device is off. Blinking The device is in the pairing procedure.
  • Page 10: Physical Interface

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender 2.3 Physical Interface There are four physical items on this device. Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Clone Button Ethernet Port Pair Button Reset Button Item Description Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Press the button for 2 seconds to start Wi-Fi Clone. Clone Button Press the button for 5 seconds to enable or disable the wireless function.
  • Page 11 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender 2. Connect the other end of the Ethernet (RJ45) cable to an available Ethernet port of your wireless router. 3. Plug the powerline extender or powerline adapter into a wall socket. 4. Check and confirm the LED status. (The Power LED and Ethernet LED on the powerline device should be ON.)
  • Page 12 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender The hardware connection mechanism is shown below: As soon as the powerline devices are connected following the steps above, a powerline network is available.
  • Page 13: Wi-Fi Clone Button For Super Range Extension

    Before taking the steps below, please make sure the current wireless password of the front router isn’t the default value. Press the WPS button on the router for 2 seconds. (Here we take TP-LINK router as an example.) Press the Wi-Fi Clone button on the extender for 2 seconds. The extender will reboot later.
  • Page 14 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Note: If you want to establish a secure and separate wireless network from the wireless router, please refer to 3.4.2 Wireless Security to set a different SSID and password for your powerline extender.
  • Page 15: Chapter 3 Configure The Device

    If your computer is connected to the extender via Ethernet cable, you can log in to the extender by following the steps below: 1. Insert the TP-LINK Resource CD into the CD-ROM drive. The following screen will appear. Select model TL-WPA4220 and then choose Management Utility from the drop-down menu.
  • Page 16 Figure 3-2 Management Utility Note: If another TL-WPA4220 is displayed on the screen above and you cannot decide which model is the one you are configuring, please refer to the MAC address under MAC Address column. The device’s MAC address can be found on the label at the bottom of the device.
  • Page 17: For Wireless Connection

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Note: If the above screen does not prompt, it means that your web-browser has been set to a proxy. Go to Tools >Internet Options>Connections>LAN Settings, in the screen that appears, cancel the Using Proxy checkbox, and click OK to finish it.
  • Page 18: Status

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender 3.2 Status The Status page displays the powerline extender’s current status and configuration. All information is read-only. Figure 3-6 Status Firmware Version - This field displays the current firmware version of the powerline extender.
  • Page 19: Network

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Wireless - This field displays the current settings or information for wireless. They can be configured on the Wireless → Wireless Settings page. Wireless Radio - Indicates whether the wireless radio feature of the powerline extender is enabled or disabled.
  • Page 20: Wireless

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender 3.4 Wireless The Wireless option, improving functionality and performance for wireless network, can help you make the powerline extender an ideal solution for your wireless network. Here you can create a wireless local area network just through a few settings. Wireless Settings is used for the configuration of some basic parameters of the powerline extender.
  • Page 21 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Region - Select your region from the pull-down list. This field specifies the region where the wireless function of the powerline extender can be used. It may be illegal to use the wireless function of the powerline extender in a region other than one of those specified in this filed. If your country or region is not listed, please contact your local government agency for assistance.
  • Page 22: Wireless Security

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender 3.4.2 Wireless Security Selecting Wireless > Wireless Security will enable you to configure wireless security for your wireless network to protect your data from intruders. The powerline extender provides three security types: WEP, WPA/WPA2 and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK. The default password can be found on the label at the bottom of the device.
  • Page 23 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Open System - Select 802.11 Open System authentication type. • WEP Key Format - You can select ASCII or Hexadecimal format. ASCII format stands for any combination of keyboard characters in the specified length. Hexadecimal format stands for any combination of hexadecimal digits (0-9, a-f, A-F) in the specified length.
  • Page 24: Wireless Mac Filtering

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Figure 3-13 WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK • Version - You can select one of following versions. Automatic - Select WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK automatically based on the wireless station's capability and request. WPA-PSK - Pre-shared key of WPA.
  • Page 25 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Figure 3-15 Add or Modify Wireless MAC Address Filtering entry MAC Address - Enter the wireless station's MAC address that you want to control. Description - Give a simple description of the wireless station.
  • Page 26: Wireless Advanced

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender For example: If you desire that the wireless station A with MAC address 00-0A-EB-00- 07-BE is able to access the device, while all other wireless stations cannot access the device, you should configure the Wireless MAC Address Filtering list by following these steps: 1.
  • Page 27: Wireless Statistics

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender RTS Threshold - Specifies the RTS (Request to Send) Threshold. If the packet is larger than the specified RTS Threshold size, the device will send RTS frames to a particular receiving station and negotiate the sending of a data frame. The default value is 2346.
  • Page 28: Powerline

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Note: This page will be refreshed automatically every 5 seconds. 3.5 Powerline There are two submenus under the Powerline menu (shown in Figure 3-8): Network Settings and Station Settings. Click any of them, and you will be able to configure the corresponding function. The detailed explanations for each submenu are provided below.
  • Page 29 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Figure 3-20 Station Settings MAC Address - The remote station's MAC address. The value can not be changed. Device Password - The security ID of remote station. Device Name - The name used for identifying a station.
  • Page 30: System Tools

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Figure 3-22 Add a new station Click the Refresh button to update the current connected stations. Click the Next button to go to the next page and click the Previous button to return to the previous page.
  • Page 31 To upgrade the device's firmware, follow these instructions: Download a more recent firmware upgrade file from the TP-LINK website (http://www.tp-link.com). Enter the path name or click Browse… to select the downloaded file on the computer into the File blank.
  • Page 32: Factory Defaults

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender 3.6.2 Factory Defaults Selecting System Tools > Factory Defaults allows you to restore the factory default settings for the device on the screen shown in Figure 3-25. Figure 3-25 Restore Factory Defaults Click Restore to reset all configuration settings to their default values.
  • Page 33: Reboot

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender 3.6.4 Reboot Selecting System Tools > Reboot allows you to reboot the device on the screen shown in Figure 3-27. Figure 3-27 Reboot the device Click the Reboot button to reboot the device. Some settings of the device will take effect only after rebooting, which include: •...
  • Page 34: System Log

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender 3.6.6 System Log Selecting System Tools > System Log allows you to query the Logs of the device on the screen shown in Figure 3-29. Figure 3-29 System Log The device can keep logs of all traffic. You can query the logs to find what happened to the device.
  • Page 35: Chapter 4 Connecting To Wireless Network

    If you are using Windows 8, please follow the steps below to connect to the wireless network of the powerline extender. Click the icon at the bottom of your desktop, select the SSID of TL-WPA4220 and then click Connect. Input the network security key and then click Next.
  • Page 36: In Windows 7

    You have joined the home network and can surf the Internet now. 4.2 In Windows 7 Windows 7 users may use the built-in wireless utility. Follow the steps below. Click the icon at the bottom of your desktop, select the SSID of TL-WPA4220 and then click Connect.
  • Page 37 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Figure 4-1 Input the network key and then click OK. Figure 4-2 Note: If your network is an unsecured network, you will not be prompted to input the network key. You have joined the home network and can surf the Internet now.
  • Page 38: In Windows Vista

    4.3 In Windows Vista Windows Vista users may use the built-in wireless utility. Follow the steps below. Right-click the icon at the bottom of your screen, then click Connect to a network. Figure 4-4 Select the SSID of TL-WPA4220 and then click Connect.
  • Page 39 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Figure 4-5 Input the network key and then click OK. Figure 4-6 Note: If your network is an unsecured network, you will not be prompted to input the network key. You have joined the home network and can surf the Internet now. Click Close to finish the...
  • Page 40: In Windows Xp

    4.4 In Windows XP Windows XP users may use the built-in wireless utility. Follow the steps below. Click the icon at the bottom of your desktop, select the SSID of TL-WPA4220 and then click Connect. Figure 4-8 Input the network key and then click Connect.
  • Page 41 TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Figure 4-9 Note: If your network is an unsecured network, you will not be prompted to input the network key.
  • Page 42: Chapter 5 Pair Button

    The Pair button allows you to set up a secure powerline connection with other HomePlug AV compliant powerline devices which also support the Pair feature. Here takes TP-LINK powerline devices for example (TL-WPA4220 for device A, TL-PA4010 for device B and C).
  • Page 43: Reset

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Step 2. Within two minutes, press and hold the Pair button on Powerline device A/B for one second. Step 3. Wait for about 60 seconds while your powerline devices are connecting. The Power LED on powerline device A/B and C will stop flashing and become solid light when the connection is made.
  • Page 44: Appendix A: Troubleshooting Guide

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Appendix A: Troubleshooting Guide 1. The Power LED does not light up. Ans. Check the following: Make sure that the powerline extender is properly plugged into a power outlet. Make sure the power outlet is active (working) by plugging another electric device into it.
  • Page 45: Appendix B: Specifications

    TL-WPA4220 300Mbps AV500 WiFi Powerline Extender Appendix B: Specifications HARDWARE FEATURES HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.11b/g/n, Standards and Protocols IEEE1901 Interface 2*10/100Mbps Ethernet Port Plug Type Button Pair, Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Clone, Reset LED Indicator PWR, PLC, ETH, WiFi/Wi-Fi Clone Dimensions ( W x D x H ) 3.7 x 2.1 x 1.6 in.