setting repeater mode
Region : Canada
Model : TL-WA5210G
Hardware Version : V1
Firmware Version : 4.4.7 build 120821 ref 56860n
ISP : Bell
I intend to set up my new TL-WA5210G as a repeater or universal repeater.
Had no problem to access it with its default address ie 192.168.1.254 and modify all settings.
I can set it as a repeater, and I see it connect to my root AP. but when I look for it with a laptop through wifi, I see all my existing SSID, but not the new one.
is the TP Link just using the same SSID as the root AP?
Is it normal that I see no signal strength lights on the unit whereas when it is set up just as an AP, lights are up.
How can I test if the TL is really up and running? (there is no traffic statistic in the corresponding web page.)
Am I missing something??
tks in adv for your suppport
With the Repeater mode, the TL-WA5210G will not have its own SSID, you will only see the SSID of the root AP.
In Repeater mode, the signal lights indicate the wireless signal strength of a remote AP, if you can not see any lights, I do not think it is normal. Maybe you have not set it up successfully. Check the settings as shown here:http://www.tp-link.com/en/article/?faqid=348
As to how to test the TP-LINK, I agree with Danymarc. and there is another way: turn off the TP-LINK, and make a comparison of the wireless signal strength on the computer when it is on. if you can see the signal is weaker after you turn it off, that means you were connected to the TP-LINK before.