New TP-Link router setup

I have the [TP-Link AC1200 Gigabit WiFi Router - Archer A6] to help boost the wifi range in the house. I need help setting it up please.

Hi, @Sharon_Brown,

You will need to do some configuration as follows:

  1. Connect your computer to the Viasat router.
  2. Open an Internet browser window and type as the URL.
  3. Click WIFI SETTINGS in the top menu
  4. Enter the username: admin and the Admin Password from the printed label on the bottom of the Viasat WIFIGateway
  5. Enable Bridge Mode from the very bottom section of the Advanced Settings of the Router Settings.
  6. Edit the wireless network mode and service set identifier (SSID) so that these values are the same as those used by the primary router.


  • When Bridge Mode is enabled the WIFI Router in the Viasat WIFI Gateway is disabled or “Bridged Over”, giving your external router full access to the Internet.

  • You’ll need to connect an Ethernet cable between your WIFI Router’s Ethernet WAN/Internet connection and the LEFT Ethernet connection on the Viasat WIFI Gateway modem. Again, don’t forget to click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

  • When running in bridge mode, both primary and bridge routers must use the same wireless details for the service to work.


Let me know if you have any troubles

I am in the wifi settings, I went to advanced settings but do not see a “bridge” option. I do see a “shared”??

I found the bridge option and enabled it but I never did or saw step 7.and now I only get the disable bridge option and the speed is so slow, slower than normal, I did something wrong, help! please :slight_smile:

Hi, @Sharon_Brown,

The last step is that both the Viasat router and the new one must have the same wireless details (wireless network mode and SSID).

You should edit the Viasat router wireless details configuration to have the same values as the TP-Link.

I’ll try to get some screenshots.

If you manage to do so, please test the speeds on this other website:

For some strange reason, sometimes the doesn’t get well with that setup.

where do I find the wireless details for the VIASAT router?

Hi, @Sharon_Brown,

Sorry, I ended up missing your message here.

Did you manage to make things work?

If not, you can also try the following:

  • Remove the Viasat modem from bridge mode (an easy way of redefining everything is by pressing the “reset” button)
  • Connect the TP-Link router to the Viasat modem via ethernet cable
  • With one of your devices, connect to the TP-Link Wi-Fi using the factory password (usually it’s on the router on a sticker)
  • That’s it. If speeds are better than when connecting directly to the Viasat modem’s Wi-Fi, keep using the TP-Link Wi-Fi network.