TP-Link has a number of gateway models that can be used as standalone routers, but also can be added to the Omada controller. In this guide, learn how to get your new gateway adopted to your HostiFi Omada controller.
NOTE: Once the gateway is adopted into Omada, the local GUI becomes non-functional.
Logging into the gateway
The first thing to do is log into the gateway. By default, the TP-Link devices are set to DHCP on the WAN port and for the local subnet, it is 192.168.0.x/24 with the gateway IP address being 192.168.0.1.
In this example, we are using the entry-level model, the ER605 which has five ethernet ports on the front. This device supports up to three WAN connections with ports 2 and 3 being either WAN or LAN and 4 and 5 being always LAN.
Once logged in, go through the 'Configure Internet' section and get anything amended for your internet connection, such as whether you use PPPoE, Static IP or DHCP for your ISP connection.
Once done, the router will check the Internet connection and tell you if it is connected or not.
Finding your inform URL
Now we have the gateway/router online, we can get it connected to our cloud instance of Omada. If you have connected your controller to the Omada cloud, simply go to omada.tplinkcloud.com and choose your controller. Otherwise, log in to app.hostifi.com and choose your Omada controller.
First, go to 'Settings'
Next, click on 'Controller'
Scroll down to the section 'Access Config' then copy the IP address or hostname found here.
Adding the inform URL to the gateway
The final step is to paste the inform URL into the gateway/router.
Log back into the local GUI of the device and open up the 'System Tools' section, then click on 'Controller Settings'
Next, tick the 'Enable' box for cloud-based controller management, accept the terms and conditions and then, paste in your inform URL from earlier. Finally, click save.
The very last step is to go back to the Omada dashboard and adopt the router/gateway.
It'll show up as 'PENDING' - click the tick action button to the right to adopt the router.
You may see an 'Adopt Failed' notification and it will then ask for a password. Simply enter in the username and password you used to setup the gateway in its own local GUI. The device will then adopt as normal.
NOTE: Once adopted, the device will use the device credentials set within Omada.
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