TP-Link TD-W8960N User Guide

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Overview of the Router

The TD-W8960N Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router integrates 4-port Switch, Firewall, NAT-Router and Wireless AP. Powered by 2x2 MIMO technology, the Wireless N Router delivers exceptional range and speed, which can fully meet the need of Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) networks and the users demanding higher networking performance.

The TD-W8960N Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router utilizes integrated ADSL2+ transceiver and high speed MIPS CPU. The Router supports full-rate ADSL2+ connectivity conforming to the ITU and ANSI specifications. In addition to the basic DMT physical layer functions, the ADSL2+ PHY supports dual latency ADSL2+ framing (fast and interleaved) and the I.432 ATM Physical Layer.

Incredible Speed

The router provides up to 300Mbps wireless connection with other 802.11n wireless clients. The incredible speed makes it ideal for handling multiple data streams at the same time, which ensures your network stable and smooth. The performance of this 802.11n wireless Router will give you the unexpected networking experience at speed 650% faster than 802.11g. It is also compatible with all IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11b products.

Multiple Security Protections

With multiple protection measures, including SSID broadcast control and wireless LAN 64/128 WEP encryption, Wi-Fi protected Access (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK), as well as advanced Firewall protections, the TD-W8960N Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router provides complete data privacy.

Flexible Access Control

The Router provides flexible access control, so that parents or network administrators can establish restricted access policies for children or staff. It also supports Virtual Server and DMZ host for Port Triggering, and then the network administrators can manage and monitor the network in real time with the remote management function.

Simple Installation

Since the Router is compatible with virtually all the major operating systems, it is very easy to manage. Quick Setup Wizard is supported and detailed instructions are provided step by step in this user guide. Before installing the Router, please look through this guide to know all the Router’s functions.

Main Features

  • Complies with IEEE 802.11n draft version 2.0 to provide a wireless data rate of up to 300Mbps.
  • One RJ11 LINE port, four 10/100M Auto-Negotiation RJ45 LAN ports, supporting Auto MDI/MDIX.
  • Quick response semi-conductive surge protect circuit, reliable surge-protect function.
  • AFE to support Annex A/C/I/J/K/M, and L deployments.
  • Provides external splitter.
  • Multi-user sharing a high-speed Internet connection
  • Connecting the internet on demand and disconnecting from the Internet when idle for PPPoE.
  • Provides WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK data security, TKIP/AES encryption security.
  • Provides 64/128-bit WEP encryption security and wireless LAN ACL (Access Control List).
  • Adopts Advanced DMT modulation and demodulation technology.
  • Adopts 300M wireless LAN transmission technology.
  • Supports access control, parents and network administrators can establish restricted access policies based on time of day for children or staff.
  • Supports Virtual Server, Port Triggering and DMZ host.
  • Supports UPnP, Dynamic DNS, Static Routing.
  • Supports bridge mode and Router function.
  • Supports Web management.
  • Supports firmware upgrade.
  • Supports Flow Statistics.
  • Supports QSS (Quick Secure Setup).
  • Built-in firewall supporting IP address filtering, MAC address filtering and parental control.
  • Built-in DHCP server.

The Front Panel

The Router’s LEDs are located on the front panel.


The Router’s LEDs and the QSS button are located on the front panel (View from left to right).


Note: After a device is successfully added to the network by QSS function, the QSS LED will keep on for about 2 minutes and then turn off.

The Back Panel

The Router's ports, where the cables are connected, and RESET button are located on the back panel.


  • LINE: Connect to the Modem Port of Splitter or to the telephone line.
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (LAN): The ports (1, 2, 3, 4) connect the Router to the local PC(s).
  • Reset Button: There are two ways to reset the Router's factory defaults.

1. Use the Restore Default function on Management -> settings page in the router's Web-based Utility.

2. Use the Factory Default Reset button: With the Router powered on, use a pin to press and hold the Reset button (more than 5 seconds) until the Internet LED becomes quick-flash from slow-flash. And then release the button and wait the Router to reboot to its factory default settings.

  • POWER: The Power plug is where you will connect the power adapter.
  • ON/OFF: The switch for the power.
  • Wireless antennas: To receive and transmit the wireless data.

Quick Installation Guide

With a Web-based utility, it is easy to configure and manage the TD-W8960N Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router. The Web-based utility can be used on any Windows, Macintosh or UNIX OS with a Web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari.

1. To access the configuration utility, open a web-browser and type in the default address in the address field of the browser.


After a moment, a login window will appear, similar to the Figure 3-4. Enter admin for the User Name and Password, both in lower case letters. Then click the OK button or press the Enter key.



  • Do not mix up the user name and password with your ADSL account user name and password which needed for PPP connections.
  • If the above screen does not pop-up, it means that your Web-browser has been set to a proxy. Go to Tools menu -> Internet Options -> Connections-> LAN Settings, in the screen that appears, cancel the Using Proxy checkbox, and click OK to finish it.

2. After your successful login, you will see the Login screen as shown below. Click Quick Setup menu to access Quick Setup Wizard.


3. Change the VPI or VCI values which are used to define a unique path for your connection. If you have been given specific settings for this to configuration, type in the correct values assigned by your ISP. We select PPPoE WAN Link Type (For example), enter the Username and Password given by your ISP, and then click “Next”.


Note: The Quick Setup Wizard will guide you to configure the WAN Service over ATM interface.

4. On the Wireless Configurations screen, we use the default SSID, select Network Authentication (take WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK for example), set a Pre-Shared Key, and then click “Save” to continue.


Note: All the existed ATM&WAN service will be clean after click the "Save" button on this Quick Setup page

5. You will see the Finish screen below, click "Reboot" to save these settings.


6. Now, your ADSL Modem Router has been configured and is rebooting. Please do not power off the Router while it’s rebooting.


7. You will see the current configuration has been added to ATM Interface list (4.4.2 WAN Service) and Layer2 Interface list (4.4.1 Layer2 Interface).


Prepared by - Steve Johnson