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Great performer but a challenge to setup
on 28 October 2010
I bought this versatile network device to act as an Access Point (AP) - in CLIENT MODE - to wirelessly connect my PC to a BT Home Hub in another part of my home. "Client mode" can also be used to connect a router to a FREESAT or SKY set top box to watch BBC iPlayer (amongst many other uses.) Configuring the TL-WA801ND was somewhat "tricky" for me, but well worth the effort for the extra performance it delivers ie. the "n" speed and extended range capabilities of this multi mode access point. After a little experimentation I successfully configured the AP for my BT Home Hub by the following steps:
 set a static IP address on your computer so you can configure the device - this is clearly explained in the first page of the Quick Start guide;
 open your web browser and enter 192.168.1. 254 into the address field (enter "admin" into User and Password fields) - this opens the "web setup utility;"
 from the "Network" submenu enter a suitable LAN (ethernet wired) IP address (for example in my case) 192.168.1.70 - save and reboot;
 from the "Wireless" submenu select your operating mode (CLIENT in my case;)
 click the search button and select the router to which you wish to connect;
 for the BT Home Hub DO NOT select the "Enable WDS" tick box, this option will not work, instead select the "MAC of AP" button - save and reboot;
 from the "Security" submenu select WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK and in the version and encryption boxes select "automatic" - save and reboot;
 return to the "Network" submenu and set the LAN "Type" selection to Dynamic (DHCP) - save and reboot;
 reset your IP address on your computer to obtain IP address automatically and obtain DNS address automatically.
 wait (be patient) for the computer to acquire the IP address from your router and then connect to the internet!
These steps worked for me and I hope they may be of use to other users of the TL-WA801ND (and its variants TL-WA701ND.)
A great performer at a very reasonable price.