different password for the extended network?

different password for the extended network?
different password for the extended network?
2019-07-21 18:51:01 - last edited 2019-07-21 19:59:27
Model: RE220
Hardware Version: V1
Firmware Version: 1.0.2 BUILD 20181206 REL 60752

I just set up a new RE220 dual band range extender.

I would like for the extended networks to use a different password than the main router.

 

In other words, let us say that the main router broadcasts on SSID24 and SSID5 with PSWD1,

and then the extender broadcasts on SSID-EXT24 and SSID-EXT5.

I would like those two extended SSIDs to use a different password.

 

How can this be done?   Thank you!

 

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Re:different password for the extended network?
2019-07-22 17:37:29

@alphac 

 

If you want the RE220 to have its own wireless pass you need to set it up in Access Point Mode (Page 22, 4.2.1 https://static.tp-link.com/2019/201902/20190228/1910012534_RE200_UG_REV3.0.1.pdf). This will mean that you need to run a Ethernet cable from your router to the extenders LAN port. In AP Mode you can customize the wireless network name, and password.

 

If the extender is only able to connect to your router via Wi-Fi, you will not be able to customize the password, only the network name while in Range Extender Mode.

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Re:different password for the extended network?
2020-01-12 07:19:02

@Tony 

 

Don't see why we can change the extender ID and not add a required password. The extended SSID is now available beyond our house. If the extended SSID is hacked then it has same password to router so our network is compromised.

Tony wrote

@alphac 

 

If you want the RE220 to have its own wireless pass you need to set it up in Access Point Mode (Page 22, 4.2.1 https://static.tp-link.com/2019/201902/20190228/1910012534_RE200_UG_REV3.0.1.pdf). This will mean that you need to run a Ethernet cable from your router to the extenders LAN port. In AP Mode you can customize the wireless network name, and password.

 

If the extender is only able to connect to your router via Wi-Fi, you will not be able to customize the password, only the network name while in Range Extender Mode.

In setting up the extender, we get the canned message the extender password is same as host! Don't see why the extender password cannot be added to script for a different password as a double security. 

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Re:different password for the extended network?
2020-01-15 18:22:12

@natcire 

 

I see what you mean, but that is not how extenders work.

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Re:different password for the extended network?
2020-07-07 20:03:27 - last edited 2020-07-07 20:04:02

@Tony Yes, that maybe strickly the case.  However, this is a very common use case for setting up wireless networks for guests where we can't run wired cables.  Most extenders can do this.  It almost seems as the decision was to explicitly not allow this.  What would be the issue with supporting this feature?

 

 @natcire Did you find another make/model for an extender that was able to do this?

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Re:different password for the extended network?
2020-07-21 19:13:08

@JosephNR 

well, to be honest when i first bought my TL-WA850RE it was still a usable feature that was then removed in a later update

 

basically it should be doable on a technical level without a problem since the new network you host, at least the connection handler is in NO WAY related to the authentification process of the original network so that basically would only be a sofware thing on tplinks side

 

i mean is it that hard to just add another entry field that changes the line in the hostapd (or whatever they use) config, really?

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