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How to setup your TP-Link Archer VR1600v modem for nbn

step 1 - connect to your modem via Wi-Fi or Ethernet

This guide covers the configuration of the TP-Link Archer VR1600v for nbn connection types Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) and Fixed Wireless.

To set up the TP-Link Archer VR1600v for nbn Fibre to the Node (FTTN) or Fibre to the Building (FTTB), refer to our FTTN/B setup guide for the TP-Link Archer VR1600v.

Ensure that Wi-Fi is enabled on the device you are using to access your modem (e.g. computer/laptop/smartphone/tablet). If you are using a smartphone or tablet, you should turn off your mobile data connectivity or any hotspot connection during this process.

Connect to the Wi-Fi/Wireless network of the TP-Link Archer VR1600v on your computer/laptop/smartphone/tablet. To connect to the Wi-Fi network of the modem, locate the Wi-Fi network name being broadcast by the modem from your device (e.g. computer/laptop), select this network, then enter the password for this network when prompted.

If you are unsure of the Wi-Fi password, this will be printed on the bottom of the TP-Link Archer VR1600v modem.


Alternatively, you can plug in an RJ-45 Ethernet cable from your computer or laptop to one of the four (4) yellow LAN ports on the back of the TP-Link Archer VR1600v.

Tp Link Vr1600v Wi Fi Modem Router

step 2 - log into your modem

Open your web browser (e.g. Google Chrome/Internet Explorer/Mozilla Firefox/Microsoft Edge), enter into the address bar and press Enter.

If this doesn’t work, you can also try and enter the following: or or

If successful, a login box or window should appear asking for a username and password. Enter admin in the Username field;

Enter admin in the Password field. If this doesn’t work, the password will be printed on the bottom of the modem. Enter this password.

Tp Link Vr1600v Back Ports

step 3 - enter the MATE settings into your modem

Once you have logged in, click ‘ADVANCED‘ at the top of the page. Then, on the left-hand pane, click ‘NETWORK‘.

Underneath NETWORK, click ‘EWAN

You may see a table of interfaces as pictured below. If you do, click ‘DELETE ALL‘, then click ‘ADD‘. If you don’t see a table, continue below.

Tp Link Vr1600v Ewan Page

There will now be multiple options presented. You will need to enter/select these options as follows:

VLAN ID: Disabled or not ticked
Connection type: PPPoE
Username: [email protected] (your MATE service username would have been emailed to you during the order process)
Password: 1234567 (your MATE service password would have been emailed to you during the order process)

Click the ‘APPLY‘ or ‘SAVE‘ button.


Tp Link Vr1600v Fttp Ewan Configuration Page

step 4 - plug your modem into the nbn™ device

You now need to plug your TP-Link Archer VR1600v modem into your nbn™ device using an RJ-45 Ethernet cable.

One end of the Ethernet cable needs to be plugged into the blue port labelled WAN on the back of the modem and the other end into the active port on your nbn™ device – this will either be a numbered UNI-D port (such as UNI-D 1, UNI-D 2 etc.) or a GATEWAY port.

If you are unsure which port to plug into on your nbn™ device, please refer to your MATE activation email and SMS which specifies the correct port.

If you have configured and plugged in your modem correctly, the Internet light on the front of your modem should illuminate. This may take up to five (5) minutes.

If the Internet light does not illuminate after five (5) minutes, please contact our support team for further troubleshooting.

download a user guide for your modem