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Friday, February 11, 2011

Tenda W268R Basic Setup and Configuration

This How-To Guide will walk you through installing your Tenda W268R router for basic internet access.
  1. Unplug all network cables from the modem, computer and router (if applicable).
  2. Unplug the power from the modem and the power from the router, and shut down the computer.
  3. Take one end of the existing Ethernet cable and plug it into the modem in the Internet port, then plug the other end of the same cable into the blue WAN port on the router.

    Router Back
  4. Take the Ethernet cable that came with the router and plug one end into one of the four yellow numbered ports on the router and plug the other end of the same cable into the computer.
    Though the intent may be to use the router wirelessly a hard wired connection is required for setup.
  5. Plug the power back into the modem and wait one full minute, then plug the power into the router. Wait one full minute, and then turn the computer back on.
  6. Click on the Start button, choose All Programs and click on Internet Explorer.
  7. In the address bar at the top of the Internet Explorer window, type “” (without the quotes) and press the Enter key.

    connecting to tenda
  8. In the window that appears requesting a username and password enter the username “admin” (without the quotes) and the password “admin” (without the quotes) and click OK.
  9. Once the setup wizard is displayed click Next to proceed with setup.
    If the type of internet connection is unknown it can be determined by contacting the internet service provider.
  10. Once setup is complete, click on System Tools on the left, choose Reboot, and then click the Reboot The Router button.

    Reboot router
  11. Once the router has been rebooted on the left side of the screen click on WLAN Settings.
  12. On the right there will be an option for SSID which will by default be either “Tenda” or “WIRELESS_N.” Clear that text and change the SSID to whatever the desired network name is and click Save Settings.

    WLAN Settings
    The SSID is the name of the wireless network that will be broadcast wirelessly.
  13. Click on WLAN Settings on the left, then beneath WLAN Settings click on Security Settings.

    Security Settings
  14. Under Security Mode select WPA2 Personal.
  15. In the Pass Phrase field enter a password of at least 8 characters that includes at least one letter and one number. Write down this password as it is required to connect to the wireless network.
  16. Click Save Settings.
  17. In the address bar at the top of the Internet Explorer window type “www.microcenter.com” (without the quotes) to verify internet connectivity.
For more assistance contact Technical Support here.


  1. how do i set it up as a repeater

  2. We currently don't have an article available for setting up a Tenda router as a repeater, but here is a good generic reference for it >> http://bit.ly/bSIGN8

  3. I am using this router with an IMAC and a MAC book pro. Both will experience slowing down of the connection speed. I have to turn off my wireless connection on the computer and turn it back on for it to reset. After doing that it works fine. Is there anything that could be done in the setup or is there a software update for the router?

  4. i tried changing the ip address, now i cant access tenda setup. how can i revert it back to

    please help, im new at this


  5. There's a reset button on the back of the router where the ports are. Press that button to revert the router to it's default settings.

  6. I purchased two of these and want to use one as a repeater. Follow some directions but still not working.

  7. seems to work ok with the computer that's directly connected, but via wifi I often lose internet and sometimes disconnects from the network too. I'm connecting remotely from the next room, a few steps away, so distance should not be the problem.

    I'm connecting to internet via optimum online broadband cable modem.

  8. Excellent post. I want to thank you for this informative read, I really appreciate sharing this great post. Keep up your work.
    Internet Connection Setup Melbourne

  9. i bought it and works fine. However, it doesn't give 150 mbps as per specification. When I connect at my office where I have NetGear with 108mbps capacity, my laptop does get 108mbps. Am I missing something? How do I get maximum speed possible with my laptop?

  10. With a Tenda router the only way to attain the full wireless speed the router is capable of is to use WPA2 encryption with an AES algorithm. Make sure that in setting up the router security (Step 14) you select the AES option rather than the TKIP or the TKIP/AES. Should that still fail to give the full 150 mbps I would suggest testing the connection with an Ethernet cable to see if you can receive the full 150 mbps when hard-wired to the router.

  11. I got this router the other day. Setup was fine. I've got all my wireless devices working on it as well as one computer wired to the router. The wired connection has been slower than my previous router. Not sure why.

    Also, there doesn't seem to be any way of checking which devices are currently connected to the router via the router webpage. Is there?

  12. The Tenda W268R will not act as a repeater. I am an outside hardware tech and the device fails to report a recognizable MAC address under the firmware version H1_V3.3.6g_EN, even to other Tenda devices. The Model W268R device can read other Tenda devices just fine, Model W268R however can not be recognized by other hardware.

    Even a repeater in it most basic configuration cannot be established. You will have to run a wire to one of the lan ports on the rear of you want to extend the wireless area of your network using this model. What do you expect for $15.00?

    I have not tested Bridge mode. The device does work fine as a standard router.

  13. Picked up this router last night and was struggling with the set up (CD that came with the router). Somehow was able to connect via LAN but not wirelessly. Followed the steps above and am now connecting wirelessly. Thank you!!

  14. Regarding 150MBPS, keep in mind that the wired LAN specs are only 10/100. I am using it as an access point. The WLAN connection is not used. If you want it connect to other computers on the network, turn off DHCP. It is not advertised to work as a bridge. Quite a nice unit for $15.00.

    I'm happy with it.

  15. It will work as a repeater. Flash firmware to US_W268Rv8_V3.2.4.02s_EN.bin available at http://www.Tenda.cn disable DHCP keep IP address at, however change IP of the first router in lazy mode to Encrypt wds signal as recommended here using wpa2 aes. Change ssid so they are unique.

  16. Also channels must be the same, setup first router at 2 and 6 first. Thus should be the last step to perform on second router. After apply changes, unplug second router, wait a few seconds and plug back in. voila

  17. What is the possible problem that I cannot connect to the Internet thru cable from my desktop to Tenda but I am able to do so when I connect thru cable using my laptop to Tenda? On the desktop, it always says that a local cable has been unplugged. I have switched cables, unplugged and plugged them many times but still no connection.

    1. If you have a known working cable and the computer reads the cable is unplugged then the machine is not reading anything as connected to the machine. That typically indicates a failed internal network card if it does not read a physical connection. The only thing that has a slight chance of working is discharging the capacitors on the machine. There is a quick walkthrough on how to do that with the desktop here: http://www.microcentertech.com/tech_center/DB/read_article.php?faqid=./HowTos/HOW6000112B.htm. Should that fail then I would suggest taking your computer in for service.

  18. Does anyone know how to enable VPN access for the Tenda W268R wireless router?

    Does it come defaulted to enable VPN?

  19. Can I remove the configuration setting of router? If so plz.... (tenda w150D)


  21. If I need cable for the initial set up. Then will be able to connect my mobile phone to this network through the WiFi router? Please help.

  22. Hello, I use no security in my home network. I make it easy for others to connect. When I "Disable" security or "Open" it, it works fine for a while. Then, when looking at it from a network sniffer, I see that it changed to an encryped mode. I forget which type. but, it is not disabled.

  23. I have Charter cable internet I'm Using the Motorola SBG6580 DOCSIS 3.0 with sofware version, this its my main Router and obviously my modem, I bought this Tenda W268R, to be able to use wireless and xbox and my directv HDDVR connected to the ports in the back of the Tenda in my living room because my main router its far from the living room, the problem its that I dont want this Tenda to Control my IP's I want the Motorola to do it, so when I turn off the DHCP from the tenda I loose wireless connection to all my devices connected to the Tenda but I dont loose the ones connected wired. My Motorola and Tenda have different SSID my Motorola has and the Tenda has, any help.

    1. Your Motorola should be (IP) and the Tenda should be set to (IP) Make sure the IP address is free and that the DHCP on the Motorola starts assigning addresses at 50 and up. You should place your XBOX's IP in the DMZ to make sure the Tenda's firewall will not block inbound communication.