Setup WiFi on the TP-Link TL-WR842N

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The TP-Link TL-WR842N 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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This is the wifi guide for the TP-Link TL-WR842N.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.

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.

Encryption

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 TL-WR842N

To get started configuring the TP-Link TL-WR842N 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 TL-WR842N, follow our TP-Link TL-WR842N Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the TP-Link TL-WR842N

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 router.

This guide starts on the Status page of the TP-Link TL-WR842N router. Begin by clicking Wireless in the left hand sidebar and then Wireless Settings just beneath that.

Change the WiFi Settings on the TP-Link TL-WR842N

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

You should be brought to the page presented above.

First you'll need to set a Wireless Network Name. This can be whatever you want, however due to security reasons we recommend avoiding the use of any personal information. To learn more visit our Wireless Names Guide.

Following that open the drop down menu labeled Channel and choose either 1, 6, or 11. Why are these the best options? Read our WiFi Channels Guide to find out.

That's all for this page. Click Save and then Wireless Security in the left hand sidebar.

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

This takes you to a new page.

Select the radio button marked WPA/WPA2 - Personal(Recommended). From there set the Version to WPA2-PSK. This will provide you with the strongest security. For more information check out our WEP vs. WPA Guide.

Be sure that the Encryption is set to AES.

Lastly you'll need to set a Wireless Password. This can be anything you like, however keep in mind that a strong password contains no personal information and is 14-20 characters in length. For more help visit our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

Congratulations! You're done. Just don't forget to save your settings before leaving the page.

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 TL-WR842N Info

Don't forget about our other TP-Link TL-WR842N info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the TP-Link TL-WR842N.We also have the following guides for the same router: