The TP-Link Archer C2 router is considered a wireless router because it offers WiFi connectivity. WiFi, or simply wireless, allows you to connect various devices to your router, such as wireless printers, smart televisions, and WiFi enabled smartphones.
Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.
Your wireless network needs to have a name to uniquely identify it from other wireless networks. If you are not sure what this means we have a guide explaining what a wireless name is that you can read for more information.
An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.
Picking a WiFi channel is not always a simple task. Be sure to read about WiFi channels before making the choice.
You should almost definitely pick WPA2 for your networks encryption. If you are unsure, be sure to read our WEP vs WPA guide first.
To get started configuring the TP-Link Archer C2 WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.
To login to the TP-Link Archer C2, follow our TP-Link Archer C2 Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
We start this wireless setup guide on the Status page of the TP-Link Archer C2 router. To begin, click Wireless 2.4GHz in the left hand sidebar. Then click Basic Settings below that.
Start by deciding on a Wireless Network Name. This can be whatever you like, however it would be best to avoid any personal information due to security reasons. For more on this topic, be sure to take a look at our Wireless Names Guide.
After that, be sure that the Channel is set to either 1, 6, or 11. Want to know why these are the best options? Read our WiFi Channels Guide.
When you're happy with these changes, be sure to click Save.
Now click Wireless Security on the left hand side of the page.
This takes you to a new page.
Start by selecting the radio button labeled WPA/WPA2 - Personal(Recommended). Then open the Authentication Type drop down list and choose WPA2-PSK. To learn why this is important, take a look at our WEP vs. WPA Guide.
Now set the Encryption to AES.
Lastly, you'll need to set a Wireless Password. This can be anything, however we recommend keeping it 14-20 characters long and avoiding any personal information. For more tips on creating a strong password, be sure to check out our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.
That's all there is to it. Just don't forget to Save your settings before closing the page.
After making these changes to your router you will almost definitely have to reconnect any previously connected devices. This is usually done at the device itself and not at your computer.
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