What is a WISP mode in routers

Test: WLAN router TP-Link TL-MR3020

Configuration of the router

The router can be managed via the LAN network connection. To do this, however, the assigned IP address must be known. The default address is In the test, we addressed the router via the LAN port and the above-mentioned IP address. That worked without any problems, so that the login screen with login and password entry appeared immediately in the browser window.

After logging in, the clearly structured management console appears. The corresponding menus for the router functions can then be found on the left-hand side of the window. The router options and the associated controls are intuitive and easy to use.

We used the corresponding wizards to test the following three configuration options:

  • AP mode: The router acts as a central hub for all devices connected via WLAN.

  • Client mode: The router behaves like a network card. A connection to an access point is required.

  • WDS repeater: To increase the spatial coverage of an AP or router with WDS functionality.

  • WISP mode: WISP mode is similar to client mode. It has an IP-sharing function so that you can use your WISP connection with several PCs.

The Internet connection could be established immediately after activation in all modes. A special feature of the TP-Link router is the bandwidth distribution to the connected network devices. The available bandwidth can be distributed fairly among all devices connected to the router. For this, the TL-MR3020 uses the integrated "IP-QoS" function, which ensures that the available capacities are optimally used. Alternatively, the user can also determine how much bandwidth he makes available to which device.