I like to think of myself as being technically proficient. But after this past week, I’m not so certain.
I bought a new router to replace/upgrade the one we’ve been using for the past eight years. After doing a bit of research, I settled on one from a company called TP-Link. I have 2 of their WiFi extenders and they’ve been working well, so I thought I’d bite the bullet and get a router as well, to complete the set. The price point seemed right, and the features on the router seemed to be in line with what I needed to be accomplishing in terms of my home network. It also had the ability to be controlled by an app, which would be useful if I was away from home and needed to reboot the router remotely or change settings if I happened to be on vacation. If vacations are still going to be possible in the future.
I bought it from Amazon since we have Prime, and it arrived in a couple of days. It seemed pretty straightforward when I opened the box, it came with its own Ethernet cable, a power supply, and a really small instruction booklet. As with many items nowadays, the instructions were more visual than textual, with limited information as to how to set up the unit. Having had more than one router in my day, I disconnected the D-Link from my fiber modem, connected the Archer A8 (the new one) and turned everything on.
And nothing happened.
Well, to be clear, it turned on, and I got green lights indicating that it saw it was powered on, connected to the modem, but the indicator that said it was connected to the Internet was an off-putting orange. And thus began my tumble down the router rabbit hole.