TISD Online Knowledge Base

A reference resource for TISD customers

Please Note:

WPA and WPA2 are both good encryption methods to secure your wireless network, and are more secure than WEP. However systems older than Windows XP Service Pack 2 do not support WPA encryption. If you have a wireless computer that pre-dates Windows XP Service Pack 2, you will have to use WEP as a security protocol in order to ensure connectivity of older machines.

Also, if WPA2 is available to you, it would be better to choose this option over standard WPA since it will allow wireless N devices to operate at their full capacity and network speeds if you have a wireless N router and wireless N network cards in the computers you are connecting.


  • First, open Internet Explorer or your preferred Internet browser.
  • Next, you will need to log in to the router. To do this, go to the address bar at the top of the page (the long white bar across the top of the screen which will contain the web address of whatever your home page is) and empty it by backspacing all text out of it.
  • Type the router's IP address into the address bar, which by default is Then press Enter.
  • If everything is otherwise connected correctly, the browser should prompt you for a User Name and a Password. For Trendnet routers, the default user name is admin and the default password is admin. Once you have entered the user name and password, press Enter or click OK.
  • If the user name and password are accepted the browser should direct you to a Trendnet page.
  • On the left-hand side, you will see a button for Wireless. Click it. Then, after the page loads, click Security under Wireless.
  • Change Authentication Type to WPA or WPA2.
  • Once the page loads with the options for WPA security, leave PSK/EAP set to PSK.
  • Change Cipher Type to Auto to ensure the best level of device connectivity.
  • For the Passphrase, enter the password that you want to set on the router. It can contain any character type, but must be at least eight characters long.
  • Then confirm the passphrase by re-entering the same password as in the previous box.
  • Once you have those settings, click the Apply button. The router will then reboot. If you are on a laptop, you will need to reconnect to the wireless network during which you will be prompted for the key that was just set up. If the computer is a Windows 7 or Windows Vista based computer, you will have to remove the old network profile before attempting to reconnect to the router, or you will get an error saying The profile saved on this computer does not match the requirements of the network.
  • WPA or WPA2 Security should now be enabled on the router. You will need to enter this key into each wireless computer you add to the network. Wired systems do not require a network key to connect.