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How to Configure Tp Link TL MR3020

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In this post you will learn to setup and configure TP-Link TL-MR3020 router by focusing on network customization and setting security parameters. The same guide applies to MR3040 and most of the TP-Link routers. This is very essential that you change the default network settings to get better secured environment and protection.

How to Configure Tp Link TL MR3020

Step 1: Let’s get connected

Note: You can skip this step if you already can access Admin page.

Connect your router and start it via power adapter or USB, whatever way you like. It doesn’t matter, either you are using it first time or already running a non-customized network, this guide will help both kind of users.

After starting the router and searching for wireless network on your system, you may see this screen;

Configure tp-link MR3020 GeekAct

If you don’t see the same screen, then don’t panic as this is dependent of hardware and firmware version. Your network may appear security-enabled or unsecured. It doesn’t matter at this step.

Click connect.

Now open your browser and go to admin page of the router by entering the IP address of router;

192.168.0.254

Again, your router may have different IP address which is a less seen case but possible.  You can find it on router itself along with default network key, login name and password (and this is why we have to change everything as anyone can gain access).

You should see the login page as below;

first login mr3020

Enter default login and password. It is ‘admin’ for both in most of the cases. If your router says different, then enter that and hit login to get to Router Control or Administration page.

Main Admin Page MR3020

I have highlighted some important things for you. The blinded area is MAC address of your system which is currently connected to network and accessing router admin page. Never make it public.

Step B: Let’s customize

1. Disabling WPS.

Click on WPS option present on sidebar. WPS helps you connect any device by just pressing the WPS button present on router. It is designed for quick access and network keys are not necessary in most cases. However, I don’t like this option as there is default WPS key written on router itself. This kills the whole purpose of secured network.

First click on Get new PIN or Change PIN and then disable it. After this, you must reboot and re-login to admin page.

2. Changing SSID (Network Name)

Now, who doesn’t like to have personalized network name? Click on ‘Wireless’ option and then on ‘Wireless Settings’. You will get this page.

change SSID network name MR3020/3040 geekact

Change Wireless Network Name to whatever you like. Just make it classy and nice. Then change the region to your country. Then there is Channel. Channel ‘6’ is used by almost every router. So, avoid interference and increase performance just change it to whatever you like. I selected ’11’ as it less used. Change the Channel Width to to 40MHz and leave the Mode as it is.

Caution: Many old systems doesn’t recognize channels above 11. Make sure about yours before changing it to 12 or 13 or you may need to hard reset the router and start again.

Even if notified by router, don’t do a reboot yet.

3. Strengthening Wireless Security

set WPA WEP key TPLink router geekact

Click on Wireless Security option. Select WPA/WPA2 Personal. For Version, select WPA-2 Personal and Encryption should be AES. In password section, enter a desired complex but memorable password. This is your Network Key. Note it down if you want. Click on Save. Now you will need to reboot. You can do also do it from System Tools >> Reboot.

4. Re-connecting to Router

As SSID, Network Key is changed you won’t be able to connect to same old network with same key. Click on Wi-fi icon near clock on taskbar and click on ‘Change Advanced Settings’. Go to second tab ‘Wireless Network’ and remove previous network from list and hit OK.

Remove old wifi TP link router

As soon as router is booted, it will show your new network. Hit connect and enter your password (Network Key) for it. It should connect without issue. Login to Admin page again using same IP.

5. Limiting access to router by MAC address

Click on ‘Local Management’ present under Security option on router’s admin page. Select ‘Only PCs listed…’ option and then click ‘Add’ button present at end line ‘Your PC’s MAC address’. Hit save. Due to this setting, only your current PC will be able to access router’s Admin area page. Please note this doesn’t affect internet access for other systems. It is only for Admin area.

6. Changing the username and password

Remember ‘admin’ as username and password to access administration area of router? You should definitely change it for better security.

Click on System Tools and then on Password. Enter Old Username and Password, which is ‘admin’ for both. Then enter your new desired Username and Password in change fields. Hit save and don’t reboot.

7. Changing the access port of TL-MR3020

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Click on ‘Remote Management’ under same Security option. Put a new port address for it. Then save it. I have entered ‘810’. What it does? Generally you could access router page by only entering it’s IP. Actually, it’s default port is 80 which is standard of internet. By changing this no won’t be able to access by entering only IP. This will be new link;

192.168.0.254:810

After changing this setting you will need to reboot. Make sure you type access link as shown above.

8. Backup and Restore

So this was exhausting. Trust me, security never can’t be taken as granted and it is not easy. Make a Backup of this setting so if you or your angry child ever hard reset router, you can restore everything whatever you have done till now in a minute.

Go to ‘Backup and Restore’ and Click on Backup.Save this file to a secured location. You can restore it via this page again to get same SSID, network key, all passwords and security.

9. Some other security checks

Click on Security and make sure all Basic security measure are Enabled. You can also Enable DDOS protection under Advanced Security. For this to work you will need to start Traffic Statistic logs present under System Tools.

There is also Parental and Bandwidth control options to control IP addresses accessing the internet. Your kids may not get happy about it. Just make sure not to add your main system to it by mistake. That would be a blunder. 🙂

I hope this helps you all. Comment and issues are welcome!

51 Comments

  1. Gyan

    May 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    What a complete review and configuration of tplink mr3020. amazing. thanks man.

    Reply

  2. Ruplim

    August 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Hi I got a TP-LINK TL-MR3020 few days back and m struggling to make it work. I am using a wired connection for accessing internet. My OS is Windows 8. I followed the user guide[Appendix B: configuring the PCs] to configure the IP address manually. I am able to connect to the Router web management console. I am using AP mode in the Router. Now I modified the IP of the router to the static IP provided by the ISP and rebooted. But I am unable to connect to internet. Any pointers will be helpful Thanks Ruplim

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  3. Kiran

    August 16, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Not able to change SSID (Local, which is displayed) as it is asking to define the client SSID also which is in top portion. I want to change the network name to customized, but it is not allowing to change without defining the top portion BSSID

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  4. Sharavana

    October 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

    How to configure TP-LINK TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless N Router for a 3G dongle?

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  5. Sharavana

    October 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Purchased TP-LINK TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless N Router few days back. I have Windows Vista Home Basic OS in my Laptop. Steps I followed. 1. Switched on the WiFi router through wall connection.(Once I tried with USB 4G dongle, later without dongle) 2. Switched on the WiFi of my Laptop. 3. Found the WiFi link as Security Enabled Network. 4. Clicked connect. 5. After few seconds, it has asked for Security Pass Phrase. When I gave a passkey, it has said that as invalid. I don’t understand what should be done. Could you please help me? Thanks in advance. Sharavana.

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  6. VARCHAS

    November 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    i have pc witn no wifi,how do i configure this.How do i access the configuration page. I am unable to access the configuration page from my Ipod.

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  7. Kyem Ghosh

    November 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Hey can you please help me showing the steps to configure the MR3020 to a local ISP providing static IP. I live in Kolkata and I’m using Alliance broadband

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  8. Rahul

    December 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    hi ,my router was working since lat two months.but 2 days back all of a sudden it stopped working.I have checked my 3G dongle connceting to PC Its working.
    Dont know how to resolve the issue please help

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      December 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Hi Rahul

      It is very tough for me to answer this on very less info. Can you please tell me that Router lights are responding or not? Number of lights? Is router working but not accepting the dongle? I mean what is the problem exactly?

      Regards.

      Reply

  9. Amol

    December 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Hi Mrinal

    Request instructions to set up mr3020 in wifi repeater mode.

    Thanx

    Amol.

    Reply

    • Amol

      December 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Sorry….forgot to mention….I’m not very tech friendly.

      🙂

      Amol

      Reply

      • Mrinal Buddekar

        December 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        Hi Amol. Thank you for writing. You will need to wait for a while as I don’t have a primary Wifi with internet to repeat its network using MR3020. Most probably this saturday. If you want you can just download the manual from TP-LINK site. Google for “MR3020 Manual”. Regards.

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  10. Raghu

    January 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Dear Mrinal,

    Please write about Repeater mode. The regular manual doesn’t work. There is nothing about it on internet. I saw above comment. I can see that many people desperately needs it but no one gives a damn about it.

    Just a request in case you managed the resources. Let me know.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply

  11. Yiwan Shu

    January 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Please guide us how we can put this silly thing in repeater mode. I can put it and connect to it but internet never works.

    Thank you

    Reply

  12. Ranjit

    February 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Purchased TP-LINK TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless N Router few days back. I have Windows XP OS in my Laptop.

    Steps I followed.

    1. Switched on the WiFi router.
    2. Switched on the WiFi of my Laptop.
    3. Found the TP-LINK_POCKET_***** WiFi link as Security Enabled Network.
    4. Clicked connect.
    5. After few seconds, it has asked for Security Pass Phrase. Is there any default pass phrase?
    I tried to give a passkey, now its showing “Acquiring network Address” and its not connecting to the network .
    6. Then I cleared all my networks and reset my router still I am unable to connect.
    7. Then I provided the ip address and subnet mask manually then its able to connect to the wifi but can not access the 192.168.0.254.

    I don’t understand what should be done.

    Could you please help me?

    Thanks in advance.

    Ranjit.

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      March 1, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Hi Ranjit, I hope you have worked it out till now. If not, then this will help. Network is asking for default network key which is present on router. First clear out all Wi-fi settings from laptop. This means any network you have stored or given password for. Then reset the router as you never know if someone has set password on it or not. Then try to connect to network as you did previously. Network will ask for network key. This is a default network key which you can find written on router (see sides of router). This is generally in form of numbers 6-10 digits long. When you enter it, you can login to admin page and then change this key with yours. Let me know.

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  13. Mukaddim Sarwar

    March 8, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Hey can you please help me out? I have connected the modem, LAN cable and power cable. I tried to configure through the 192.168.0.254, but failed. now this portal is not working. How can I configure?

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      March 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      You may have locked yourself out using firewall or admin password which you forgot. You will need to reset the router and start again. Press and hold the WPS key on router for 5-10 seconds. Router will restart and restore to factory settings.

      Reply

  14. Dhiren nAYAK

    March 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    sir, i have no wifi enable pc then how can i setup the tl-mr 3020 router?

    Reply

    • Mrinal Buddekar

      March 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      I hope you have solved it by now. You can use LAN wire to connect the router as wired LAN and then configure it the same way.

      Reply

  15. ron

    March 20, 2014 at 6:19 am

    hi.
    my wired connection LAN got proxy password if i want to surf the internet. how am i be able to preset in this tl-mr3020 setup to set as AP mode?
    thanks
    ron

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  16. prasanna

    April 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    i have recently brought TP-LINK TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless i installed successfully but it is showing limited access b’coz of that i can’t connect to wifi what is the solution to this problem

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      April 13, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Hi Prasanna. I hope you have solved this by now. This is a common thing if you are using Windows 7. You will need to Shutdown the wifi of system and then remove any network added to list. Also, reset the Router and start fresh. Then restart the system and try to connect. It will work.

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  17. tomaszek

    April 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Hi, I have upgraded firmware of my TP-LINK TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless N Router to newest version (mr3020nv1_en_3_17_2_up_boot(140408).bin). Now I cannot turn the wireless off (the option was present in my previous firmware). I DON’T WANT THE WIRELESS WORKING ALL THE TIME. Is anything I could do except installing openWrt or loading back the old firmware?

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      April 20, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Sorry, I am unable to understand you clearly. Are you saying about ‘Idle Time out’ option? It is still there on 3G/4G config page. You have to select the time of inactivity after which internet will be disconnected. Let me know.

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  18. Vikram Manghnani

    April 25, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Mrinal, excellent review. Just bought a tp link 3020 and will be connecting it with a Vodafone 3G dongle. Hopefully, things will be smooth sailing with all your help and tips. Will let you how it goes. Thank you..cheers, Vikram

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  19. Rain

    May 2, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Hi, I just bought this TP-Link TL-MR3020, my 3G modem wi-tribe is not on the list of mobile ISP supported by this. I tried to set it up manually but the format is asking for a Dial number, APN , Username and PW which I dont know.. Is there a way to set it up? thanks

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      May 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Hi Rain, Sorry for delay in reply. I hope you have set it up by now. If not please follow this. Dial number, APN, User and Pwd are the details of your ISP. In most cases they are blank (except dialing number). You can easily find all these details in your actual modem dialer screen. Try to find Profile or something in connection settings of the dialer application (the app which opens when you directly connect modem to PC). Copy those and paste them here. It will work. Another way is to Google it out.

      Reply

  20. akash

    June 9, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Is HUAWEI EC1561 compatible with TP Link TL-MR3020 Wi-Fi n portable router.

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  21. Ashish

    June 17, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Hi! Admin

    Need Help!
    Unable to open TP-Link TL MR3020 Configuration page.
    Also Router is not showing in “Wireless Network Connection”
    Please Help!

    Thanks ..!!

    Reply

    • Mrinal Buddekar

      June 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Ashish, I hope you already solved it. If not, then please tell me in detail. Regards

      Reply

  22. Rajesh

    June 18, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Hi Mrinal,

    I bot TP LInk MR 3020 and tried to connect thru following steps
    1. Connected the router to my laptop thru USB cable (without wifi enabled in my laptop) and not even plugged the lan wire into the router.
    2. Opened the browser (chrome, IE is not working for me) and entered 192.168.0.254.

    When i did the above i m getting a the bellow error msg
    “Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to 192.168.0.254
    Did you mean: http://www.­192.­168.­1.­254.­com

    Kindly tell me if the above procedure is right if not please explain a detailed step by step procedure (whether to connect internet or not) to get the TP link login page.

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      June 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Hi Rajesh, Sorry for delay. This is not a correct process. It is not an USB modem. You can only charge the Wireless router using USB. You will need to connect it using Wifi as it is a Wifi Router. If you want to configure it over the LAN cable then that it is a tough one as it is not designed to. Regards

      Reply

  23. Subhash

    July 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Using the step-by-syep guidance provided in your post my PC is connected to router. On router page, it also show status as “IDENTIFIED” for 3G dongle…but does not connet to it. Not sure what is wrong. It is not letting the PC connect to Internet….

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      July 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Hi Subhash, You need to manually edit the access point. Go to 3G settings and manually edit the access point to your network carrier. You can settings from the internet by Googling. Mainly APN and number is important. Sometime Username and password is also there but mostly these fields are blank. Let me know.

      Reply

  24. jomon

    July 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    hai iam jomon my default gateway is 192.168.1.254, after I put the user name is admin , and password is admin but I cant go to the next window WHY..?, my modem model -TL-MR3020 , PLS I want your help

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      July 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Hi jomon, Please try to reset your modem. Try to avoid using Internet Explorer. Use Chrome of Firefox. Also, make sure that your computer firewall allows the connection. Regards

      Reply

  25. Jonny

    July 8, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Mrinal, thanks for the nice article,

    1. managed to make my dock work but I am feeling that the connection speed when browsing router page is too slow sometimes although it is not far, I am thinking of upgrading to latest firmware from 140321 to 140610, from your tests what do you think is the best firmware ver., does 140610 have problems ?

    2. a stupid question, is it possible to connect a wireless adapter to the USB 3G/4G port ?

    Reply

    • Mrinal Buddekar

      July 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Jonny, Thank you for commenting. If you have activated the router firewall then it will take sometime. Also, the firewall of your system must allow the IP address without any limitations and long checks. Please check your antivirus also. If this doesn’t help then try to switch the Channel to 10 or 11 with different bandwidth. Sometimes experiments pay-off 🙂 Regarding firmware, the latest is not always best. However, as I checked into latest codes of TP-Link, I found they are very stable. So, please go ahead with those as they may address and fix some bugs. …and… no question is stupid. There are only stupid answers. 🙂 Regards

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  26. Yann

    July 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I cannot access the setup page through 192.168.0.254. Browser 404…

    How can I setup wired via ethernet? My pc doesn’t have wifi. Vista…

    Reply

  27. JRL

    August 3, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Please advise if TP-Link MR3020 is compatible with MTS Huawei EC1561.
    Its not found in the list provided in TP-Link website.

    Reply

  28. Raghav

    August 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Hi Mrinal,

    Recently bough MR-3020, able to configured it and it is working fine when am connected the cable to the laptop. But it is not working when am connecting router to power socket. Can you please help me with this.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Raghav

    Reply

    • Mrinal Buddekar

      August 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Seems to me like problem of adapter. You need to fetch the vendor from where you purchased the router.

      Reply

  29. Rishan

    September 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I got a new 3020 model, and i connected it to a power socket, reliance dongle, lan cable. Its not getting connected to internet through my desktop. How to make it work?? How to get it connected to the internet? windows 7..

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      September 14, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Power socket is ok. But Why the dongle and LAN cable both? It is a LAN to Wifi and Dongle to Wifi router. Not dongle to LAN or USB. You need to put input from one connection either LAN or dongle and then use it over Wifi. Regards

      Reply

  30. Frushal

    November 27, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Saved my life. This is perfect guide and keeps security over anything else. Nicely written.

    Reply

  31. SATYAPRIYA

    December 22, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Hello I recently purchased a TP Link MR3020 Wifi router and I have a reliance Netconnect Plus AC2738 modem. The modem connects to internet without any problem with my laptop if I plug it directly to my laptop, but when I try to connect to it using the router , I am not getting the internet access. In the administration page my modem status is showing identified and all of my devices are getting connected to the wifi network but no internet access. Can you please help me in solving this issue.

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    • Mrinal Buddekar

      December 22, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Satyapriya.
      Thank you for writing. MR3020 supports majority of modems. Look at this page http://www.tp-link.com/en/support/3g-comp-list/?model=TL-MR3020&location=1151 . Here it says that AC2738 is supported. If it is identified then the problem might be settings. To solve this,
      1. Connect your modem directly to PC. Launch the dialer and go to Connection settings.
      2. Note down APN, Number and other details
      3. Now Connect modem to Router and fire it up.
      4. Go to Admin page and navigate to Connection settings. Change Automatic to Manual settings. Enter all settings as was in dialer. Save.
      5. Restart the Router. It should work.
      Let me know.

      Reply

  32. senthil

    May 23, 2017 at 10:39 am

    tp link 3020 I forget the password how to reset that, I was try to re configure in offline 192.168.0.1 but its not responding, so please anyone explain for reset that one. if you have any manual provide me. it better to understand further reset.

    Reply

  33. […] cumbersome. I wrote this guide long back and now it is updated with some changes after previous MR3020 setup guide and MR3020 review. I have configured both, MR3020 and MR3040 as repeater and tested them. I tested […]

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