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Learn how to get a new Omada switch adopted to your controller

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Written by Alex Lowe
Updated over a week ago

TP-Link has a number of models that can be used as standalone switches, but also can be added to the Omada controller. In this guide, learn how to get your new switch adopted to your HostiFi Omada controller.

NOTE: Once the switch is adopted into Omada, the local GUI becomes non-functional.

Logging into the switch

The first thing to do is log into the gateway. By default, the TP-Link switches are programmed to obtain DHCP. Find the IP address by checking your DHCP lease table and log into that IP address. You'll be greeted with a log in page.

The default username and password for a TP-Link is admin and admin

Next, change the password to something more secure

Now, you'll be presented with the TP-Link Switch dashboard

Finding your inform URL

Now we have the switch 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 and choose your controller. Otherwise, log in to 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 switch

The final step is to paste the inform URL into the switch

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 'Apply'.

Checking Omada

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 switch

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.


HostiFi provides hosting for both Ubiquiti and TP-Link software-defined-networking (SDN) applications, with servers for UniFi, UISP and Omada. We also offer professional networking consulting, with HostiFi Pro.

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