How can I make my TP-LINK Kasa Device work with Amazon Alexa?
Tp-link networking device needs to be configured before making any changes to the router or even appending any device with it. Tp-link devices needs to be accessed and configured through their custom web address of www.tplinkwifi.net and if the user is not able to get the Tp-link router access window through tpinkwifi.net, then try to access through the default IP 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1.
To make your TP-LINK Kasa Device work with Amazon Alexa, your first requirement will be to ensure that Remote Control is enabled on your Kasa App.
Once you have ensured this now you can follow the guided steps below:
- Launch the Kasa App and sign in into your account. If you don’t have an account yet then you have to register yourself first before continuing with the next step.
- Next step is to connect all your devices to the home network. When you do that ensure that all these devices are also working via Remote Control. If you have a problem in how to enable remote control, our following article will guide you for that.
Creating a TP-Link Cloud Account on Kasa
You can use the TP-Link Cloud account on your Kasa App as well as on TP Camera. It helps you to remotely control your smart device at home, by registering to a cloud account. The following steps will help you to do so:
- Open the Kasa App on your smartphone.
- If you are doing this for the first time then you can directly navigate to the 2nd step.
- If your Smart Plug is already configured before via Kasa then you need not create the TP-Link cloud account. All you need to do is:
- Click on the icon near the “Home”.
- You will see “Log in or Create Account”, click on it to continue further.
- When you click on “Create Account” you will be required to enter your E-mail/password, and tap “CREATE ACCOUNT”.
NOTE: The password that you choose can be a combination of alphabets, numbers or special symbols on the mobile phone that range between 6-30 characters.
- You will receive an activation e-mail. You have to click “Click to Registration” in yellow background. Once it is activated successfully, Kasa APP will get automatically logged in with your account.
NOTE: If you fail to activate or do not receive an activation e-mail, please click on the link “RESEND EMAIl”
After logging in, you can confirm your account by “View Account”, or else you can choose “Verify Email”.
How to connect my TP-Link Smart Plug/Switch to the home network via Kasa?
Before we begin answering your query:
- First, you have to download Kasa from App Store for iOS users or Google Play for Android users and install it on your smartphone.
- Next step is connecting your smartphone to your home Wi-Fi network (2.4GHz Only).
- Plug your Smart Plug into the power socket.
Read the steps to learn how to configure TP-Link Smart Plug via Kasa APP as an example.
- Launch the Kasa App and sign in to your cloud account. For those who do not have an account have to sign up first. In case you want to register it later, you can click “Skip” to skip this step. If you choose this then you can only control the device locally.
- Add your Smart Plug into Kasa by tapping on “+”. Now click the Smart Plug icon to begin adding your Smart Plug. Look at the Wi-Fi LED, it will become solid amber once you plug it into the power socket. Click “Next” to continue.
- Wait for around 15 seconds till the Wi-Fi light blinks amber and green. Click “Next” to proceed further with the settings.
- To connect the Smart Plug to home Wi-Fi. There are different steps depending on whether you are an Android user or iOS phone user.
- For Android users: Kasa will look for your Smart Plug by itself. All you have to do is to wait for a minute.
- For iOS users: You will first connect smart plug’s WiFi manually, Kasa will provide you guidance for this step. After this, you have to click the “NEXT” button. Now you have to enter into your iOS phone setting page, to connect to Wi-Fi of your smart plug. The SSID would appear something like this: “TP-Link_Smart Plug_CCCC”. Once you finish this step you will go back to the Kasa guide page and Kasa will connect your smart plug.
After a successful search, you have to set a name for your Smart Plug. Click “Next” to continue.
Do you know that you can customize an icon for this Smart Plug? To do this you can either choose an icon from the given list or choose from the “Albums/Gallery” of your smartphone or take a photo.
Connect the Smart Plug to your home network. We are choosing “onhub” as our home wireless network. For choosing some other wireless network, you can click “different network” and then connect to it.
With this Kasa will finish the settings within 1 minute!
Now click the Smart Plug icon, you will view the Status page of this Smart Plug where you will see Energy Usage, and you can also configure its advanced settings via Schedule/Away Mode/Timer.
Tap to enter the interface of Device Settings, enable “Remote Control” to make your Smart Plug approachable when you are away from home.
QUICK TIP: If you come across any problem during the above steps, you can:
- Press the settings button till you see the Wi-Fi LED blinking amber and green in alternate order for about 5s to initiate the app-config progress.
- Press and hold the settings button till you see the Wi-Fi LED blinking amber rapidly for about 10s to reset the smart plug to factory defaults.
How can I connect my Kasa device to Amazon Alexa?
- Tap on the Amazon Alexa App to open it.
- Tap on the “Home” icon present in the bottom right corner.
- Click the “+” icon located in the upper right corner and select “Add Device”.
- Select “Kasa Smart” and tap on “Continue”.
- Tap “ENABLE TO USE”, key in your Kasa account and password and click “Authorize”.
- After successful authorization, the App will display a reminder that “TP-LINK Kasa has been successfully linked”.
- Tap “Done” to proceed to the next step.
- Tap on “DISCOVER DEVICES” or you can use your voice command “Alexa, discover devices”. This will allow Alexa to scan and show the devices connected to your Kasa account.
This completes the setup process. By selecting the device types you can view what devices Alexa discovered.
You can control all the Kasa devices through your Alexa device. You can also check or test if the devices are working normally with voice commands
REMEMBER: If you change the name of your smart device, you will have to discover this device again to update the name.
SOME FAQs related to the TP-link wireless router
Alexa failed to discover some devices. What to do?
You can try any of the following troubleshooting steps:
Reboot your smart device and re-discover it again on Alexa.
Verify again whether Kasa App is able to remotely control the device or not. If not, then check your internet access and remote control settings.
The device status is showing “Offline” on Alexa. What does it mean?
The following can be the possible reasons:
- Lost wireless connection. Rebooting your smart device and try to re-discover on Alexa might help.
- Nonavailability of Internet access on your router.
- The remote control function is turned off.
- Some issues with the cloud server.
Why I cannot access the Internet after being successfully connected to the TP-Link’s wireless router network?
Sometimes the users install their TP-link router but fail to get access of the internet service, and then what they need to do is just move on with its configuration through www.tplinkwifi.net or through the default IP 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1.
If you are facing the above issue, the following steps will help you to solve the issue.
Note: these steps are meant for only Windows OS.
Check your wireless network connection. All you have to see is whether your connection can obtain an IP address automatically, and obtain DNS server address automatically.
Press the Windows key and R key on the keyboard simultaneously. This will open the Run application. Now type ‘CMD’ and click OK. Type ‘ipconfig –all’ in the next window and press Enter.
To renew your IP Address type in ‘ipconfig –renew’ and you will address again. In case you do not get a proper IP address, ensure that you have enabled the DHCP function on your router. You can log in by typing http://tplinkwifi.net (or http://192.168.0.1) in the address bar using a computer or tablet that is successfully connected to the router.
You can log in to the web management page of the router by opening the web browser typing the URL http://tplinkwifi.net in the address bar.
Enter your username and password and click OK. The default username and password are admin/admin.
After you complete the login check the WAN part on the Status page. Check the listing of your IP Address. If it is listed it means the router is successfully configured and connected to the Internet.
If the IP address on the WAN port on the Status page fails to connect please release/renew the WAN IP address. If you cannot connect to any website you may need to change your DNS servers. For this go to DHCP->DHCP Settings and type in 126.96.36.199 for the primary and 188.8.131.52 for the secondary then. Click on Save.
Restart the router.
After your router restarts, you can try the Internet again.
What to do if I have to configure the basic wireless settings for my TP-Link 11N Wireless Router?
Before you start with the configuration of your TP-Link 11G wireless router, you must be aware that you will have to access its admin page through tplinkwifi.net to perform the TP-link router setup.
The steps below will not hold any relevance to you if you have any of the following conditions:
- Your router is an 11G wireless router
- If your Dual Band wireless router, Things you need to prepare beforehand:
- Connecting your computer to TP-Link router by cable or wireless network. We recommend you to configure by using a wired connection only.
⦁ Log in to the router’s web-based utility.
GUIDED STEPS : First step
- Select Wireless
- Select Wireless Settings on the left side menu to open the wireless setting page.
- Select and enter the Wireless Network Name
- For Region: Select your current location.
- Tick mark on both “Enable Wireless Router Radio” and “Enable SSID Broadcast”.
- No need to change any other settings on this page.
- Click Save and your settings will be saved.
Note: no need to reboot your router at this stage. We will reboot the router at the end.
- Select Wireless
- Select Wireless Security on the left side menu. Please use WPA/WPA2 Personal. Some models might name it as WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK instead.
Version: WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK
Wireless Password: make up your WI-FI password, also known as Wireless Network Key.
If you want your router to take effect of the above settings, reboot your router.
How can I install TP-Link Archer router to work with a Cable Modem (new logo)?
Before you begin please make sure you can access the internet with a direct connection from the main computer to your cable modem.
The TP-link Archer router will also need to be configured for internet and networking services. You can configure the Tp-link router by accessing its setup portal through www.tplinkwifi.net or through its default IP which in most of the cases is 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1.
If you cannot access the internet please do the following:
Here we have taken Archer C7_V5 as an example.
- Configure WAN Connection Type by selecting Dynamic IP as the Internet Connection Type on the right of the web page.
- Click on save button.
- After a few minutes check the Internet part on the Status page. If you can see any IP Address then that means the connection between the Router and the Modem is established. If there is no IP address, navigate to the next step 4.
- Do the following if you cannot see the IP Address:
Restart your router, wait for around 10 seconds, and connect your end-device like a computer, laptop to the router.
- Switch off the power of your modem, and unscrew the coaxial cable
- Switch on the power of your modem, Check LED lights on the Router, ensure that WAN/Internet LED is on.
- Reconnect the coaxial cable to the modem and open any website to check if you can access the internet or not.
QUICK TIP: Some cable modems have batteries inside. If you wish to restart the cable modem, please take the battery out, and then unplug the power supply.