Setup WiFi on the TP-Link TD-W8960N

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The TP-Link TD-W8960N 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.

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Other TP-Link TD-W8960N Guides

This is the wifi guide for the TP-Link TD-W8960N 1.2.4. We also have the following guides for the same router:

WiFi Terms

Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.

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Wireless Name

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.

Wireless Password

An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.

Wireless Channel

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.

Login To The TP-Link TD-W8960N

To get started configuring the TP-Link TD-W8960N 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 TD-W8960N, follow our TP-Link TD-W8960N Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the TP-Link TD-W8960N

If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.

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This is the status page from your TP-Link TD-W8960N router.

This guide begins on the Device Info page of the TP-Link TD-W8960N router. To setup the WiFi, click the option in the left sidebar labeled Wireless.

Then make sure the Basic option is chosen.

Change the WiFi Settings on the TP-Link TD-W8960N

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This is the wifi setup page from your TP-Link TD-W8960N router.

On this page there is only one setting to change. Find the space titled SSID and enter a new name for your network. This name can be just about anything you like. Our only suggestions are to avoid personal information and router specific info. Check out our Wireless Name Guide for more on this topic.

Once that is done, hit the Apply/Save button near the bottom of the page. Then click Security option in the left sidebar.

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This is the wifi security page from your TP-Link TD-W8960N router.

This places you on the Wireless -- Security page of your router. The first section on this page is titled WSC Setup. WSC is a form of WPS which is very insecure. Do not use WPS or WSC. Take a look at this What is WPS Guide.

Scroll down to the Manual Setup AP section. Use the Network Authentication drop-down list to select the appropriate security for your network. We recommend WPA2-PSK. Find out why in this guide.

Next locate the WPA Pre-Shared Key. This is the internet password. Make your password as strong as possible. This guide can help.

The last setting you may need to change is titled the WPA Encryption. This should be set to AES.

That's it, just don't forget to click the Apply/Save button before you exit.

Possible Problems when Changing your WiFi Settings

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.

Other TP-Link TD-W8960N Info

Don't forget about our other TP-Link TD-W8960N info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the TP-Link TD-W8960N 1.2.4. We also have the following guides for the same router: