In this section I will teach you how to manually install (set up) the TP-LINK TL WR1043ND, Wireless N, 300 Mbps, 4 Gigabit Port, Cable Router on a Windows 10 computer. NOTE: I said 'Cable Router'.

A cable router is a standard router that does NOT require a built-in modem in order to dial up an ISP (Internet Service Provider's computer/server) for an internet connection. With a cable router you simply plug an ethernet cable into the back of its WAN socket and the other end into the wall mounted ethernet (broadband/internet) socket, provided by the Digital TV company you have subscribed to, in order to connect to an 'always connected' internet connection.


The first step to connecting the cable router is to plug its supplied yellow (or blue) ethernet cable into its WAN (Wide Area Network) socket, located at the back of the cable router. You then need to plug the other end of that ethernet cable into the wall mounted Ethernet (Broadband/Internet) socket provided by your Cable TV company. Now screw the three antennas into the back of the cable router, connect the power supply and switch on. A series of lights on the cable router will then light up green, with some of them flashing green. Do not worry about those lights.

With the cable router switched on and lit up, you then need to use the other supplied yellow (or blue) ethernet cable to connect the cable router and your computer together - Plug one end into the Ethernet Port (socket) located on the side or back of your computer and the other end into a spare, yellow, LAN Port (socket) located at the back of the cable router. With the cable router's ethernet cables, three antennas and power line connected, the next step is to login to the cable router's Control Panel (settings pages).


Logging into your cable router's Control Panel is done by first typing the cable router's IP Address into internet explorer's Address Bar edit box (Fig 1.0 below) and pressing the ENTER keyboard key (or clicking on the ARROW/GO button). Doing so makes the cable router's login web page appear whereby you then need to type the cable router's User Name and Password into the relevant edit boxes. These details should be in the cable router's documentation (i.e. PDF manual), usually found on its accompanying Installation CD, and/or on the back of the cable router for example.

The default (standard manufacturer's) ip address for the TP-LINK TL WR1043ND control panel is, with a user name of admin and a password of admin or password. Most companies use, or as their ip address, with admin or administrator as their user name and password, admin or blank (empty/no password) as their password. So if you are stuck, try one of those combinations. Furthermore, Click Here for a list of default passwords associated with common router control panels.

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Fig 1.0 - Type the cable router's IP Address into your web browser's Address Bar edit box and then press ENTER

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Fig 1.1 - Type the cable router's User Name and Password into the relevant edit boxes

After logging-in to the cable router's Control Panel (settings page) its Installation Wizard (Quick Setup) appears, asking you if you want to begin the installation process. If you do, click on the NEXT button. Otherwise, click on the EXIT button. Assuming you click on NEXT, the installation wizard will then try and detect the type of internet connection (protocol) used by your ISP (Internet Service Provider), such as Dynamic IP, Static IP or PPPoE. Ignore the technicals and just let the installation wizard do its job.

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Fig 1.2 - Click on the NEXT button to begin the installation (set-up) process

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Fig 1.3 - The installation wizard is detecting the type of connection used by your ISP

In this example the installation wizard will detect PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet), which is a common connection type used by Digital TV companies whereby the cabinet/metal box with their modem and wiring inside it, located somewhere in your building, is connected up and wired into the back of the wall mounted socket in your house (as described above). Anyway, ignore the technicals! If the automatic detection function did its job properly it will then ask you for your Broadband Username and Broadband Password, which you should of received from your broadband provider (i.e. Digital TV company). When you have entered those details, click on the NEXT button to continue.

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Fig 1.4 - The connection type has been established - Enter your Broadband Username & Password and then click on NEXT to continue

If the connection type could not be established or you want to manually select/change the connection type, for whatever reason(s), click on the BACK button. Doing so will take you to the following settings page. It will give you alternative connection types and options. In this example I would click on the PPPoE radio (circle/dot) button, if the automatic detection did not establish it the first time; perhaps because the router was switched off for example.

If your cable router comes from a different country, the PPPoE might state PPPoE/Russian PPPoE (or whatever country) for example and might not work in a different country. Hence one reason for using your Digital TV company's supplied and/or recommended cable router. More importantly, you should always check if a "Foreign" cable router will work in a specific country before buying it.

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Fig 1.5 - Select your connection type and then click on the NEXT button to continue

Assuming the connection type, broadband username and broadband password are correct, you should now have a live ethernet cable broadband connection (a live internet connection via the yellow, or blue, ethernet cable connected to your computer and cable router). If so, the next step is to create a Wireless Network.

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Fig 1.6 - Change the REGION (Country), WIRELESS NETWORK NAME (SSID) and PASSWORD (WPA2-PSK), if need be.

The default Wireless Network settings provided by the cable router will be United States for the Country, TP-Link_5CF8 (or whatever) for the Wireless Network Name (SSID) and a numbered password that is the same as the WDS Number. These can all be changed, if need be. In the above example I have changed the Country setting to UNITED KINGDOM and the Wireless Network Name (SSID) to Cairns, as well as changing the Password (Security Phrase/Key) to.....!

You can also change the Mode to 11bg Mixed or 11bgn Mixed (leave it on 11bgn Mixed), Channel Width to 20Mhz or 40Mhz (leave it on AUTO) and Channel to a channel number ranging from 11 to 13 (leave it on AUTO); if you tick the MORE ADVANCED WIRELESS SETTINGS check (tick) box. Click on the NEXT button when you have made your changes.

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Fig 1.7 - Change the REGION (Country), WIRELESS NETWORK NAME (SSID) and PASSWORD (WPA2-PSK), and Advanced Wireless Settings, if need be.

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Fig 1.8 - Click on the FINISH button to complete the installation process

After creating a new wireless network and clicking on the FINISH button to complete the installation process, you should then check your new wireless network by connecting to it, in the normal way, while the ethernet cable (wired) connection is still active.

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Fig 1.9 - Connect to your new wireless network before unplugging the ethernet cable (wired) connection

With your new wireless network connected, unplug the ethernet cable from your computer that is making/keeping the ethernet cable (wired) connection active (live); so that you are now using the wireless internet connection only. The only reason to keep the ethernet cable (wired) connection active (live) while connecting to the wireless network is just in case the wireless network fails to connect whereby you need to login to the cable router's control panel again to diagnose problems.

NOTE WELL: I have skipped explaining certain features and functions of the cable router and wireless network settings simply because they have been mentioned elsewhere within this category and within this website. In other words, there is enough knowledge elsewhere in this website for you to be confident enough to complete this section (cable router installation).