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Providing an Ethernet Connection in Wireless Only Environments
At some properties, there is only a wireless connection available, no wired Ethernet. For most modern devices; laptops, tablets, smart phones, etc. this is not a problem. But there are some cases in which a resident might require a wired Ethernet connection for an older desktop computer or to provide a private LAN to connect printers, game consoles, or other computers together.
There is a simple solution that may be used to fix this problem, a wireless AP/Client Router. This router connects wirelessly to the normal wireless access points at your property and provides you with a personal wireless access point and 4 wired LAN ports. You can set your own password on the AP/Client to limit who may use the router.
At some service locations, Pavlov Media only provides wireless connections. Residents are welcome to provide their own AP/Client router if desired. Fortunately, the devices are inexpensive and simple to setup. Pavlov Media has tested the TP-LINK model TL-WR843ND router and found it easy to setup with very good performance. It is available from many retailers and internet outlets for around $30.
Once you purchase your router, there are some simple steps to follow to get the router connected to the Pavlov Media system. The router from TP-LINK comes with all the accessories you need to connect and setup the router. For the most part you just follow the directions given in the Quick Installation Guide provided in the package. A resource CD comes with the package that contains the User Manual and an Easy Setup Assistant. This will lead you step by step in the setup and configuring of the router. It is highly recommended that you use the Easy Setup Assistant on the CD to setup your router. If you do not have a CD drive, as many modern computers do not, or you are using a Macintosh or Linux computer, you may use the web based configuration utility to do the setup and configuration. You can also obtain the user manual at http://www.tp-link.com/Resources/document/TL-WR843ND_V1_User_Guide.pdf.
Once you have unpacked the router, you must first register the router if registration is turned on at your property. If you are required to register, look on the bottom of the router for the MAC address label. Copy this MAC address into the registration wizard. Once the router is registered, you do not need to register any of the devices that connect to the router, they will be handled by the router registration.
You will also need to connect your computer to the router to start the setup and configuration. The package includes an Ethernet cable. Connect the cable between the Ethernet port on your computer and any one of the numbered LAN ports on the back of the router. If you do not have a CD drive or are using a non-Windows computer, open a browser and type http://tplinklogin.net into the address bar of the browser. This will open the the Web Management Page of the router. Otherwise use the Easy Setup Assistant provided on the CD.
Ensure that the Router/WISP switch on the rear of the router is set to WISP. When the setup asks for your target network, select it from the list displayed or click the Target button in the web management tool to display a list. Select the same AP you would normally connect to wirelessly. In most locations the access point would be named PavlovMedia or something similar, but this will vary from property to property.
You also need to select an SSID for the router. You can just use the default name already provided but it is recommended that you change it to something unique. That way, if more than one resident decides to install this router, there won't be duplicate SSID's to choose from when you setup your connections.
In the setup process, you are also asked to select a security type for the wireless connection to the router. We highly recommend you select WPA/WPA2 Personal and set a strong password. This will help prevent others from connecting to the router uninvited and gaining access to your personal network.
You now have the option to connect either wirelessly to the new router or to use the wired LAN ports.
By using this wireless AP/Client Router you will have the ability to create your own personal local area network (LAN) and connect all your devices either to the wired Ethernet ports or the wireless interface. When you have finished all the setup, plug in a cable to one of the numbered ports on the rear of the router and the other end to your device. Only one cable is supplied with the router, you will need to purchase and provide any addition CAT5e cables needed.
When you make a wireless connection, remember to select the SSID you created, not the Pavlov Media access point.