All modern wireless routers, including those manufactured by TP-Link, can use IPv6 addresses for internet connections. Your internet service provider should offer IPv6 connections, and, if it does, you should enable IPv6 on your router. The benefits of making this switch include better security and slightly better speeds. Therefore, here is how to activate IPv6 on any TP-Link router with Wi-Fi 6:
NOTE: This guide was created on a TP-Link Archer AX10 wireless router, but the steps involved are the same on all TP-Link routers with Wi-Fi 6. If you are not familiar with IPv6 and IPv4 addresses, we recommend reading: What is an IP address and a subnet mask, in simple terms?
Before activating IPv6 internet connections and addresses on your TP-Link router, you must access the appropriate settings. This can be done only from the firmware of your TP-Link router and not from the Tether app. Therefore, open a web browser on your computer, and navigate to tplinkwifi.net or 192.168.0.1. Next, enter the admin password for your TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 router, and press LOG IN.
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At first, you see the network map and some basic settings. The IPv6 settings can be found by clicking or tapping on Advanced.
In the left sidebar, scroll down and press IPv6. Then, you can see all the IPv6 settings of your TP-Link router on the right.
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In the IPv6 Internet section on the right, set the IPv6 switch to On.
By default, your TP-Link router should use the same internet connection type and settings as it does for IPv4. However, if you are not happy with the settings, click or tap the “Internet Connection Type” drop-down list, choose the appropriate type, and enter your settings.
Our internet connection is PPPoE, and the TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 router correctly checks the option to “Share the same PPPoE session with IPv4,” meaning that there was no other configuration left for us to do. However, if you have a different internet connection type, like Static IP or 6to4 Tunnel, you may need to enter your specific settings. There’s also an Advanced Settings link available.
Pressing Advanced settings reveals more configuration options where you set how the router gets IPv6 addresses. We recommend using Auto or Specified by ISP (after talking to them to get the necessary settings). You can also set what DNS addresses are used. If you want to use custom ones, choose “Use the Following DNS Addresses” and enter the IPv6 addresses of your favorite DNS servers.
When you are done setting things up, don’t forget to press Connect, so that the TP-Link router connects to the internet using your new settings and starts using an IPv6 address.
Your internet won’t work for a couple of seconds while the router establishes the connection through IPv6.
TIP: If you want the best performance from your TP-Link router, it is a good idea to update its firmware. Read this guide to learn how: 2 ways to update the firmware on a TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 router.
When you enable IPv6 using the steps above, your TP-Link router also uses IPv6 addresses for the computers and devices inside your network. These work in parallel with the older IPv4 addresses. Therefore, you shouldn’t worry about not accessing computers and devices using the shorter IPv4 addresses. However, if you want to configure how the TP-Link router assigns IPv6 addresses on the IPv6 page, scroll down to the IPv6 LAN section on the right. Then, change the Assigned Type and the Address Prefix the way you want.
However, for most users, the defaults used by the TP-Link router work just fine, and there’s no need to change anything.
After we make the initial setup of a TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 router, we always access the advanced settings to enable IPv6. This is because we want to enjoy an internet connection that’s slightly faster and more secure. We recommend that you do the same using the steps from this guide. When done, let us know in a comment if you encountered any problems and whether you have questions about the whole process.