RE500 v1.x
AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender

The TP-LINK RE500 v1.x router has Gigabit WiFi, 1 Gigabit ETH-ports and 0 USB-ports. It has a total combined WiFi throughput of 1900 Mpbs.
It is also known as the TP-LINK AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender.

Quick links:
Default password/Login
Login instructions
User Manuals


RE500 v1.x router specifications (specs)

System specs
CPU: n/a
RAM: 128 MiB
Flash: n/a
Custom firmwares: None
Connectivity
WiFi: Gigabit (abgn+ac)
WiFi bands: 2.4GHz & 5GHz
WiFi throughput: 1900 Mpbs
WAN: None
ETH: 1 x Gigabit port
USB-ports: 0

Hard reset instructions for TP-LINK RE500 v1.x

If your RE500 v1.x router is not working as it should, dropping connections or not being responsive, you should first do a reset of the router to see if the problems persist. Other scenarios where you might want to reset your router is if you've forgotten the password or misconfigured it and can't get access anymore.
Your can reset your TP-LINK RE500 v1.x in the following way(s):

Through the web interface

    1. Open a browser and navigate to the web interface of the router (check default settings below)
    2. In the menu look for System tools and under there find the Factory defaults option
    3. On the Factory defaults page click on the Restore button to perform the reset.

    Withe the RESET/WPS button

    1. Have the unit powered on
    2. Press and hold the reset (sometimes reset/WPS) button for 10 seconds with a paperclip or other sharp object.
    3. When the SYS led start blinking quickly release the reset button and wait for router to boot back up.

    The 30-30-30 reset

    If the above instructions don't work you can always try the 30-30-30 reset as follows:
    1. When router is powered on, press the reset button and hold for 30 seconds. (Use a paper clip or something sharp)
    2. While holding the reset button pressed, unplug the power of the router and hold the reset button for 30 seconds
    3. While still holding the reset button down, turn on the power to the unit again and hold for another 30 seconds.

    This process usually works for resetting any router to it's factory setting.

    Note: It is worth reading more about how to reset routers with the 30 30 30 reset and what the risks and considerations are when resetting your router this way, instead of just rebooting it.


    Default factory settings for TP-LINK RE500 v1.x

    If you have performed a reset of your RE500 v1.x device or not changed the defaults, you should be able to access it with the following settings:

    Default Network name (SSID): TP-LINK_Extender_2.4GHz,TP-LINK_Extender_5GHz
    Default Gateway IP: 192.168.0.254 TP-LINK login instructions
    Default username: admin TP-LINK router default password list
    Default password: admin 
    Default subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    Default DNS server: 192.168.0.254
    Note: If you are using the default settings you should change them to increase security and prevent unathorized access to your network.

    How to login to the RE500 v1.x

    To login to the AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender and change the settings, you can follow these steps:

    1. Make sure you are connected to the router's network, either by Wi-Fi or ethernet cable.
    2. Open your browser and visit http://192.168.0.254
    3. You should be prompted with a login dialogue.
    4. Enter the username: admin and the password admin
      Note: If you have already changed the password use that instead.
    5. You will now be logged in. If you haven't yet changed the defaul password, we recommend that you change it first thing you do after logging in.

    If these instructions don't work for your router, you can always try a factory reset to get the default, or try some other common TP-LINK credentials, as they can usually be shared across models/variants.


    User Manuals for RE500 v1.x

    Do you still have questions concerning the router that you can't find online? You can always try the manuals where most questions should be answered from the manufacturer. Below are the device manuals available for your RE500 v1.x.

    Name Type Size Date
    User Manual re650 (click to download) pdf 159.03 kB Dec. 21, 2017
    User Manual re500 (click to download) pdf 202.6 kB Dec. 21, 2017

    RE500 v1.x Firmwares

    Staying up to date with the latest firmware is a good idea to keep your router even more secure from various security flaws.
    If you want to squeeze a little bit of extra functionality out of your router, consider flashing an open-source firmware like dd-wrt, openWRT or LEDE. Flashing a custom ROM can greatly increase the stability and functionality of your old router.
    Following are the firmwares that we have identified existing for the TP-LINK RE500 v1.x:

    TP-LINK stock firmware for the RE500 v1.x

    Stock firmwares for the RE500 v1.x are available under the download section on the modem's support page. You can also refer to the router's manual for instructions on how to upgrade the firmware.




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