How to configure TP Link TD-W8968 Wireless N ADSL Modem cum Router for BSNL and MTNL

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TP Link TD W8968 thumb How to configure TP Link TD W8968 Wireless N ADSL Modem cum Router for BSNL and MTNL

TP Link TD-W8968 300 Mbps Wireless N USB ADSL 2 Modem cum router  is one of the best and economical Wireless Routers available in market. The router provides upto 300 Mbps bandwidth with coupled wireless  adaptors/devices which supports wireless 802.11n standards. This routers is down compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b products.

This Router has one USB port, Four Ethernet ports and one RJ11 ADSL port. You will get a maximum download speed of 24 Mbps and Upload bandwidth of 3.5 Mbps. The notable feature is that you can flexibly restrict the bandwidth of every users separately. This feature is normally not available in normal ADSL Modem cum routers. Other standard features include inbuilt firewall, inbuilt DHCP server, state of the art wireless encryption technology, Multiple PVCs, Virtual server, DMZ host, IP Address Mapping  etc

Front Panel LED status indications

TP Link TD-W8968 has Ten LED status indicators. Through this indicates you can see the status of Link, Connections, WiFi and internet connectivity .

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Wiring Diagram.

Proper wiring of the router is important for setup, configuration and uninterrupted connectivity. An external ADSL splitter is provided with this router. Your telephone line must be terminated to the ADSL splitter first. Nothing should be connected in this line before splitter. You can connect the parallel telephone instruments to the phone output of the splitter if required. See the connection diagram.

TP Link TD W8968 Connection Diagram thumb How to configure TP Link TD W8968 Wireless N ADSL Modem cum Router for BSNL and MTNL

Configuration

After proper wiring and connections, switch ON the modem. Connect the Ethernet port of your PC/Laptop with the supplied RJ-45 LAN cable.  Now coming to your computer’s network configuration settings. By default DHCP is enabled in this router and you need not to do anything with your PC network settings. To check the proper connectivity click the start button and type the command “cmd” in search box ( Windows 7). If you are using Windows XP after clicking the start button select the “run” tab and type “cmd”. Now the command prompt window will be opened. In that window type ping 192.168.1.1 and press enter. If you are getting the result similar to the screenshot below, it shows your router is properly connected to PC.

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If you are getting anything other than this, you have to configure your network adaptor.

Open your browser and type http://192.168.1.1 in the address bar. A popup window will be opened to enter user name and password. Use “admin” in both user id and password fields (small letters). A successful login will display the following basic status page. Select the WAN Settings sub menu by expanding the Network Menu as shown

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The WAN setting page will display the WAN port information in a Table format as shown.

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Delete all existing connections and press the ADD button to create an new connection. You will get a screen as shown below. Do the necessary changes as indicated in the image and save the settings

configuration thumb How to configure TP Link TD W8968 Wireless N ADSL Modem cum Router for BSNL and MTNL

In this page you only need to change Four settings only.

First: Change the VPI/VCI settings as per your ISP. This setting is very much important for internet connectivity. Use the following VPI/VCI settings

  • BSNL Broadband – 0 and 35
  • MTNL Broadband – 0 and 32
  • Airtel Broadband  – 1 and 32
  • Reliance Broadband    – 0 and 35

Second: Select “PPPoE” from the drop down menu as WAN Connection Type under WAN service Type section.

Third :Enter the user id and password supplied by your ISP (BSNL, MTNL ). The field is case sensitive.

Fourth: Select the connection type to “Connect Automatically”. This will make connection automatically after switching ON the device. Click the save button after completing above mentioned steps. Reboot the modem by clicking the Reboot sub menu under System Tools Menu

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Optionally you can reboot the router by OFF/ON the power supply.

WiFi settings of TP Link TD-W8968

Select the Basic Setting submenu of Wireless Menu in the configuration page. In Wireless Basic settings you can enter the SSID (Name of your wireless network), Mode (WiFi Standard), Channel and Channel width. You can use anything as SSID. Maximum character limit is 32. It is advisable to use the Mode 11bgn Mixed to make the router compatible for all type of client systems.

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Keep the Channel and Channel width Auto. If you want, you can change the channel from the drop down menu. You must select to Enable Wireless Router Radio to use WiFi features of the router. If you select Enable SSID Broadcast option  When wireless clients survey the local area for wireless networks to associate with, they will detect the SSID broadcast by the Modem Router. If you want to bridge two or more Wireless LANs then only use Enable WDS option . After that Save the settings.

WiFi Security Options

You must configure the Wireless Security options to make your WiFi network confidential. Select the Wireless Security sub menu under Wireless menu. This router supports three type of WiFi security modes. WEP, WPA -PSK, WPA2 –PSK

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Figure shows the Wireless Security configuration page. By default Wireless security is disabled. You have to select the appropriate mode of WiFi security as per your requirement. WEP is an outdated security standard and vulnerable also. It is advisable to use WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK . Select WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK  option and configure it.

In Auth type you can set Auto, WPA or WPA2 . Three options of Encryptions available (TKIP, AES and Auto). It is better to keep the settings “Auto”. Now coming to the important part. PSK password- This is the password used for authentication. Use a non guessable word or group of words as password.  You have to enter  the same password in your wireless clients (PC, Laptop, Mobile, Tablet etc) for connectivity.

Click the Save button for saving the settings.

Bandwidth Control

Just quoting the comment of a reader on a previous post

Hi Sir,
I have BSNL Broadband connection and a Fujian starnet S4U+ V.1 modem,i share my connection with my room mate,he is connected on Lan4 port mine is Lan1,he is taking a lot of bandwidth,so how can I set QOS? traffic limitation for Lan4 (him)
please help.

You might have also faced the similar problem. Unfortunately normal routers don’t facilitate flexible bandwidth control. Here TP Link TD –W8968 is the winner. Through the Bandwidth control option, you can very easily and flexibly allocate bandwidth for each client machines. Two settings are available under Bandwidth Control Menu- Control Settings and Rules Lists. See the screenshots

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Enable the Bandwidth Control option under Control settings menu to turn ON this feature. Set the Line type to ADSL  and enter the total upstream and downstream bandwidth in kbps. This settings will limit the overall upstream and downstream bandwidth from/to your modem. For example if your maximum downstream speed is  8 Mbs multiply this with 1024 to get the bandwidth in Kbps which will be  8192 Kbps.

Select the Rules List menu to view and configure the bandwidth control (See the above image). Click the Add New button for making a new rule. In the page You can enter the IP range and minimum/maximum upstream/downstream bandwidth. For example if you want to restrict the bandwidth of a particular machine. Get the IP of that machine and enter the IP address in both the fields of IP Range.

Remember: If you enable DHCP , this setting won’t be effective because under DHCP, the clients will be allotted IP addresses dynamically. Hence for effective bandwidth control Disable DHCP .  You can change the DHCP settings through DHCP Server Menu options. Under DHCP settings – Select the option “Disable DHCP Server”. Now you have to configure the network adaptors of client machines. Router will not provide IP to client machines automatically.

You can also use MAC binding option to reserve an IP address exclusively for a particular machine . For that Select the IP and MAC Binding Menu. A page displays the IP and MAC binding table. You can delete, add and edit the entries. See the screenshot .

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Get the mac address of your PC/Laptop and map with the desired IP Address.

If you are facing any problems in configuration part please share the same through comments.


  • Rohan 09/05/2012, 11:50 PM Reply

    Is this router available in India yet?

  • Suhas 09/12/2012, 11:04 PM Reply

    Where in Bangalore can we purchase this router and what is the price ????

  • Charles Dsouza 11/27/2012, 6:00 PM Reply

    Hi,

    I am trying to setup a WDS bridge at home. I have a beetel modem that acts as a wifi router too connected to Airtel for broadband. I need to extend the wireless range so, I bought a TP-Link wifi router and I am trying to use the WDS feature on the tplink router. I have done the following on tp-link:

    1. Disabled DHCP.
    2. Ensured it is in same sub-domain (192.168.1.2). Beetel modem is in 192.168.1.1.
    3. Enabled WDS, did a survey and selected the wifi from beetel.
    4. entered all authentication info to connect to the beetel wifi.

    The tp-link status says “ASSOC” which as per their manuals is “Trying to associate”. Not sure if it can’t find an IP for it, I think authentication is successful.

    Can you help me with this? Im not sure what i’m missing. I also have read that different manufacturers devices may not be compatible for WDS as IEEE does not define a standard for WDS. Any help will be appreciated.

  • ramesh 12/11/2012, 2:13 PM Reply

    I purchased belkin modem for bsnl broadband, i configured the modem in bsnl office. Signal strength is good and browsing all website is fast, but i could not able to work through my office server by using virtual private network (vpn). Belkin technical support also not able to guide properly to solve the problem, now i given the modem to one of my relative. It is possible to work in vpn through bsnl modem, but signal strength through wifi is poor, so i dont want to buy bsnl modem. Please let me know which modem will be suitable to solve my purpose.

  • Nabin Sundar Nayak 01/11/2013, 12:14 AM Reply

    I had purchased tp link 150Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router some days ago. Before that I had a type 1 modem of bsnl. After installing the new 150Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router, I get access to internet on my desktop. But when I tried to connect my HTC explorer phone it didnot worked. The phone said that, its connected to 150Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router, but in real it can’t access to internet. I can’t internet on my phone. I did everything but fruitless. so help me plz…

  • Jeff 01/13/2013, 9:21 AM Reply

    I have tried changing the default ip address of the TD-W8968 from the default 192.168.1.1 to a new ip address of 10.1.1.129 without success. I can successfully ping the TD-W8968 at 10.1.1.129 but cannot connect to the browser-based TD-W8968 management page which should be at 10.1.1.129. Chrome and Firefox return an error of “the server refused the connection” when I try to access 10.1.1.129.

    • Sujith 01/13/2013, 9:30 AM Reply

      Have you assigned the default gateway in your network adaptor to 10.1.1.129?

      • Jeff 01/13/2013, 9:57 AM Reply

        Yes, I have tried automatic DCHP settings and manually assigned ip, mask, gateway,DNS,etc.

        I can get the TD-W8968 “sort-of” working with a new address of 10.1.1.129 by assigning 10.1.1.129 as a “secondary ip address”, and manually assigning ip, mask, gateway,DNS,etc. on all of the network computers. However, then the TD-W8968 DCHP server still allocates addresses in the old default 192.168.1.1 address space and gives an error if I try changing to a 10.1.1.129 address space so I can’t use automatic TD-W8968 DCHP ip assignment. The only way around it might be to establish a separate DCHP server on the network for the 10.1.1.129 address space.

        I notice that when I manually re-start the TD-W8968 it reverts to the default address of 192.168.1.1, although I can make a secondary ip address of 10.1.1.129 and all other settings “stick” after a manually re-start of the TD-W8968.

  • colarado 02/21/2013, 8:48 PM Reply

    I bought TD-W8968. The WIFI is working fine. However I’m not able to access USB mass storage

    The manual mention

    For Windows OS:Open “Run” window in the Start menu and enter \\(IP Address) or \\(IP Address)\(Share Name)
    e.g. \\192.168.1.1 or \\192.168.1.1\photo;

    but it does not work for me, it shows error

    Windows cannot access
    Error Code: 0×80070035
    The network path was not found

    OS: Win7
    The storage sharing access is Enabled

    Can you guide

    Thanks

    • Sujith 02/21/2013, 9:10 PM Reply

      In Windows 7 Go to Start, Type run in the search box. Type \\tplinklogin.net and click OK. To setup different accounts for access rights protection, please log into to the Web management page and set it on USB Settings > Storage Sharing and USB Settings > User Accounts.

  • davinder 03/08/2013, 1:17 AM Reply

    i have the same router, when ever i power off and then power on my router, my router is taking too much time to connect to internet. did every thing to solve the issue but nothing worked. i have updated firmware installed.
    i had no issues with my old bsnl modem.

    please help sir

  • Rosh 03/22/2013, 10:40 AM Reply

    Hi,

    I bought a Wifi w8968 router yesterday and I am trying to connect to internet using reliance netconnect +. I gave the credentials and clicked on connect. It tries and disconnects.

    I can see reliance net connect in the drop down. Can you please help me how to configure it?

    I have set my Operation mode as ’3G Router Mode’, I tried with Wireless Router mode as well, but it didnt work.

    Please help.

    Regards,
    Rosh K. Mathews

  • Rupinder 04/01/2013, 8:28 PM Reply

    Hi Sujit,

    I have TPLINK ADSL Wifi Router ,Using Reliance broadband ,here i am not able to use it on multiple PC, getting Login page every laptop/PC ,need logout from fist then login second pc please help

    • Sujith 04/01/2013, 9:39 PM Reply

      I think you should contact Reliance broadband customer care for enabling that feature.

      • Rosh K M 04/02/2013, 3:33 PM Reply

        Hi Sujith,
        I tried contacting the Reliance Customer care. They were very rude by saying ‘We cant support or help you in this regard’. please contact your wifi modem provider.’

        I tried contacting TP-Link support. Equally non-responsive area. The customer support toll free number is not picked up at all. Tried sending a mail to customer support of Tp-Link. They replied saying, ‘Please switch on your reliance dongle and try again’ and attach logs, as if i have bought the dongle yesterday. I replied with logs with dongle version etc. After that no reply.

        I tried contacting Ralph, their south sales manager. He replied saying he will direct some engineer and guide me. No one turned up, i sent a reminder SMS, no reply.

        Now i have ended up with a stupid box. If any one wants it please contact me. Its straight out of the box and i have kept it back now.

        This has taught me not to buy any stuff from TP-LINK. Really bad customer support.

        ~Rosh.

        • Sri Krsna 07/22/2013, 2:27 AM Reply

          Hello friends,
          I am also into the same problem, tried to configure D-Link DSL-2750U with the reliance wired broadband but in vain. Recently i found out that a model of TP-Link TD-W8961ND is working for some one.
          According to here:
          http://broadbandforum.co/topic/63082-q-which-wireless-adsl-modem-router-is-compatible-with-reliance-broadband/#entry646783
          But i would like to a bit higher and planning to buy TP-Link TD-8968.
          As mentioned above contacted Reliance Customer Care but no responsible answer on compatible modems.
          So, if anyone succeed with the TD-8968 on reliance wired broadband, please let me know.

          I would like to try with the following Options in the WAN settings:
          VPI: 0
          VCI: 35
          Service Category = UBR Without PCR
          Connection Type : MAC Encapsulation Routing (MER) or Dynamic IP Encapsulation Mode = LLC/SNAP-BRIDGING

          Wan IP settings (Select) – If applicable
          *Obtain IP Address automatically
          *Obtain default gateway automatically
          *Obtain DNS Server automatically

          NAT Settings – If applicable
          *Enable NAT
          *Enable Firewall
          *Enable WAN Service

          Important:
          If you have MAC Clone or MAC Spoofing Option, enable it and copy the MAC Address of the PC/Laptop/Macbook/Computer connected to it.

          Once the connection works for you over both the LAN and WLAN, log on from one system and try accessing internet simultaneously from other devices.

          Once again, If you succeed in this setup, please let me know.

    • Rosh K M 04/02/2013, 3:36 PM Reply

      Hi Rupinder,
      Can u please help me in telling me the configuration you have used, to connect to reliance network..?

      I am using reliance dongle.

      ~Ros

  • rahul 05/02/2013, 12:20 PM Reply

    I have Low SNR problem in my bsnl broadband conection due to which the modem which I am using TP LINK Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router
    Model no. TD-W8951ND doesn’t work and speed is very very low.
    please give me solution what can I do.

  • Shahid 05/03/2013, 5:41 PM Reply

    I bought this TP-Link W8968 Adsl2+ router 2 days ago and disappointed with its USB sharing features.
    I have attahced 500GB NTFS single partition external disk and not able to use it. I have created two acounts in the router. I somehow manage to access the share like this:
    \\routers ip address\sharename but not able to create any folder. I checked the router for privileges and all are fine. USB hdd works fine when attached directly to computer.

    I posted for help with images in their forum but no response:
    http://forum.tp-link.com/showthread.php?3990-USB-Sharing-issues&region=china

    Please help otherwise my money will be total waste. USB was the main reason to buy this router.

    • Sujith 05/03/2013, 9:30 PM Reply

      1. Under user accounts (In USB Settings menu) you have to create users who can access the folders.
      2. Select the Storage Sharing under USB settings menu. Enable the server status. To access the whole disc go to Start > Run in windows pc and type \\192.168.1.1

    • Sujith 05/03/2013, 9:46 PM Reply

      One thing forgot to mention- You have to uncheck the “Anonymous Access to all volumes” first to create shared folders which is enabled by default Tp link USB share

  • Akul Rastogi 05/20/2013, 11:45 PM Reply

    Hi
    Many thanks for this How To.

    But are there any special settings for Airtel Broadband. I am using W8968 modem only but as I run the diagnostics test, for both the option it passes all the tests but fails the last one which is something ISP related. Please help. The airtel guys say we dont know the TPLink configurations and further advise me to contact the TPLink guys.

  • Rohit Rath 07/01/2013, 9:28 AM Reply

    I have a TP Link W8951D modem cum router and BSNL broadband and am unable to access internet more than one PC at a time. Though all devices gets connected to modem but internet access is possible only in one time at a time

  • Mohit 07/07/2013, 11:11 AM Reply

    I have bought TP link w8968 recently..using my Airtel broadband on it.Everytime I switch on the power,I have to press the wifi button also to receive wifi signal.Is there any settings to make the wifi ON by default? or evertime should I press power+wifi button for using?pls help.Thnks in advance

  • jitu mishra 08/12/2013, 12:21 AM Reply

    sir i have tp link td-w8961nd wireless N wireless modem +router
    while configuring it after connecting all cables correctly , i get a error 020 “check your wan settings and parameters”
    it happens during the last step while verifying router”
    please help me

  • pravin 08/26/2013, 7:29 PM Reply

    Hi Sujith,

    I purchased TD-W8968 recently and facing a problem in getting an internet connection using 3G USB dongle.

    My problem is, when i switched on TD-W8968 modem using USB dongle inserted into it, it will work for few minutes (say 2-3 mins) after that connection goes off. In the windows taskbar the internet icon is showing as yellow exclamation mark with “No internet access”. when i looked into the setup of tp-link it was showing 3G is connected properly and the LED light is also glowing in the modem.

    In order to get back the connection you have restart the modem again. Restarting the modem every 2-3 minutes is pathetic.

    Please suggest me where i am wrong….

    I am using D-Link DWM-156 USB dongle with Airtel 3G connection. I am accessing internet using my laptop, iPad & mobile all three at a time wirelessly.

    Your early response will be highly obliged.

    Thanks & Regards
    Pravin Gupta

  • Prabha 08/28/2013, 2:54 PM Reply

    Hi,
    Would you know if TP-LINK TD-W8968 is compatible with airtel broadband network?

  • Raxit 10/17/2013, 3:46 PM Reply

    Hello, I have BSNL and I bought TP Link W8951ND product. It connects and but it seems to drop connection every 5th or 6th second. It does reconnect right back in next second. I do voice call on skype and it’s annoying, I counted time if it happens random, but its fixed at 5/6th second. I checked all setting again but they seem fine. Any Suggestions? Thank you.

    • Sujith 10/17/2013, 3:53 PM Reply

      Are you sure it is the router issue? Is ADSL link steady?

  • bashar 03/07/2014, 10:15 AM Reply

    hi
    i am done every thing and all lights work good
    but there is no internet in my laptop/PC/Iphone
    i dondt know reason. some times the internet work good
    every thing seen good but there is no internet with connected devices

    please help

    thank you

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