Router TP-LINK TD-W8980

Here you find how to configure and reset TP-LINK TD-W8980 Router.

TP-LINK TD-W8980

Preconfigured wireless settings

SSID:
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Password:
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Accessing your router's configuration interface

To connect to your router's web interface, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on router
  2. Set up a connection between the device and the router
  3. Open web browser
  4. Enter IP address in the address bar and then confirm with ‘Enter’ key
  5. Enter username as well as password in the login form and confirm

Reset TP-LINK TD-W8980 router to factory defaults

To reset the TP-LINK TD-W8980 to its default settings, you have to do the following steps:

  1. Put router into operation
  2. Press RESET button and hold for at least 5 seconds
  3. Device restarts automatically
  4. Router has been reset to factory settings

The unit will reboot automatically. Once the power light stops blinking, the unit has been reset and is ready to use. Resetting the router does not reset the firmware to an earlier version, but it will change all settings back to factory defaults.

TP-LINK TD-W8980 Router Security

Change TP-LINK TD-W8980 Default Wifi Name (SSID)

Rename your TP-LINK TD-W8980 Default Wifi Name (SSID). Some TP-LINK routers come with default network names (with the name of the manufacturer). We recommend to use a different name because a default name unnecessarily identifies the make of your router, making it easier for attackers to break in.

Change TP-LINK TD-W8980 Default Password

It’s easy for a hacker to find out the manufacturer’s default password for your TP-LINK TD-W8980 router and then use that password to access your wireless network. So it’s wise to change the administrator password for your TP-LINK TD-W8980 router. When you’re deciding on your new password, try to pick a complex series of numbers and letters and try to avoid using a password that can be guessed easily.

MAC Address filtering for TP-LINK TD-W8980 router

MAC filtering allows you to limit access to your TP-LINK TD-W8980 router. To enable this feature, enter into your TP-LINK TD-W8980 router the 12-character MAC ID of each computer that will connect to your network. Be sure to update this information if you add or remove devices.

Disabling Broadcast SSID for TP-LINK TD-W8980 router

TP-LINK TD-W8980 router transmits your Wi-Fi network ID (the so-called SSID) to everyone. This may be changed at will by unchecking the corresponding box in the settings. Then your network will not be so easily hacked. However, as a compromise, you will have to enter the SSID every time that you connect a device to the network. This step is not mandatory.

MAC Address filtering for TP-LINK TD-W8980 router

MAC filtering allows you to limit access to your TP-LINK TD-W8980 router. To enable this feature, enter into your TP-LINK TD-W8980 router the 12-character MAC ID of each computer that will connect to your network. Be sure to update this information if you add or remove devices.

Where are you placing the TP-LINK TD-W8980 router in the house?

You wouldn’t think about this at first, but where you place your TP-LINK TD-W8980 also has a bearing on your security.

Place the TP-LINK TD-W8980 router as close as possible to the middle of your house. The first benefit is that all the rooms in your house have the same access to the Internet. The second benefit is that you don’t want to have your wireless signal range reach too much outside your house, where it can be easily intercepted by cybercriminals.

For this reason, don’t place your TP-LINK TD-W8980 router next to a window, since there’s nothing to obstruct the signal going outside your house.