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Unable to Access TP-Link Range Extender by Using the Domain Name

There are many brands available on the market that sell wireless range extenders. Belkin is among the top brands that sell Wi-Fi extenders, and I can’t stress enough that Belkin Wi-Fi range extenders are quite amazing in terms of performance and features.

But, there has been a problem that people are facing when trying to access their range extender WIFI by using the domain name. For TP-Link, the domain name is http://tplinkrepeater.net.

This domain name can get you inside the settings of the extender so that you can make the necessary changes. If you are being blocked from accessing this domain name, which is also the official web management page of TP-Link Wi-Fi extender, then there could be some issue with the extender or the link itself.

Note: It is advised to upgrade your TP-Link WIFI range extender to the most recent firmware before you proceed with troubleshooting.

Causes & Solutions:

Cause 1: Wired or wireless client devices that you have connected to the wireless range extender are not connected properly. These devices could be a smartphone or laptop.

Solution:

  1. The first thing that you will have to do is connect your client device (either a laptop or smartphone) to the wireless range extender. It is advised to make use of a cable in order to get connected to the Wi-Fi range extender. If you can’t use a cable connection, then shut down your main router for a while in order to ensure that it isn’t connected to the main Wi-Fi network.
  2. You will have to use the right IP address in order to access the Wi-Fi range extender. Once you added the IP address, you need to go to the DHCP client list of your main Wi-Fi router in order to find the IP corresponding to the Wi-Fi extender. If you don’t know the process of checking the DHCP client list of the wireless router, then you need to get in touch with TP-Link extender tech support.

Cause 2: The client devices, i.e., laptop or smartphone are connected to the Wi-Fi range extender directly, but the local DNS cache has to be wiped out.

  1. You will have to take off the connection between your client devices such as laptop or smartphone from WIFI extender. Wait for a few seconds and then, reconnect the client devices to the extender. Don’t forget to wait for a few seconds, otherwise, the IP won’t be able to renew itself.
  2. If you are using Windows OS, then go to ‘start menu’, then ‘all programs’, ‘accessories’ and finally, ‘command prompt’. You need to enter a command in the command prompt menu, i.e., ‘ipconfig/flushdns’.
  3. If you are using Mac OS X, then you will have to get in touch with Apple Mac help and support providers.
  4. If you have a smartphone and tablet and want to renew the IP in the most convenient way, then reset the local DNS cache and perform the power cycle.

Cause 3:  The URL was typed in the search bar instead of the address bar. The domain name, i.e., ‘http://tplinkrepeater.net’ needs to be entered into the address bar in order to surf the internet.

Solution: It is important for you to enter the URL in the right way in the address bar and not the search bar.

If all the solutions have been performed by you, yet the issue persists, then you need to perform a hard reset of the extender.

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