cannot connect macbook pro to a TP link wireless router

August 24, 2012 at 11:13:16
Specs: Macintosh
I normally connect my MacBook Pro to the internet using an ethernet cable. Now I am trying to set up a wireless connection. I bought a TP Link Wireless Router, which does not have a cd for macs. When I try to connect to 192.168.1.1 it doesn't happen. I noticed that when I go to the mac's system preferences and enter 192.168.1.5 as my IP (I'm trying dchp with manual address), the router number it automatically assigns is 192.168.0.1. I typed that into the browser and that one doesn't work either. I have spent many hours on this. Any help is much appreciated.

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#1
August 24, 2012 at 12:49:54
Firstly, provided you are not using a separate modem and the TP link router has an integrated modem built in, there is no requirement to install any software.

You only need to install TP Link software where the modem and the router are two separate devices.

The official help pages for TP Link routers are here: http://www.tp-link.com/en/support/


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#2
August 24, 2012 at 13:13:16
There's no modem at all--not within the tp link device and not outside it either. I'm on a university campus and we have an ethernet connection in the wall. They told me to get a wireless router without a modem for this reason.


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#3
August 24, 2012 at 14:41:49
You need to connect the MacBook to the Wireless Router via ethernet cable, then type into a browser the IP address of the router.

In the Wireless Routers Manual it will inform how to setup Wireless Security etal, this will include setting a WPA Key.

When the Wireless Router has been setup, remove the Ethernet Cable and undertake a scan of available wireless networks on the MacBook.....................

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#4
August 24, 2012 at 19:04:02
But when I type the IP address of the router (192.168.1.1) into my browser it gives an error message. To troubleshoot this, When I tried the command "ping 192.168.1.1" I got an error message as well. Should this lead me to assume that what I'm doing wrong has to do with the step where I set up my mac's system preferences --> network?

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