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How To Set Up Your Tenda AC11 (AC1200) Gigabit MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router

How to Set Up Tenda AC 11 Wi-Fi Router

When I first got my Tenda AC11 Gigabit MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router, I thought it was going to be hard to set up. I received the item from Lazada, and the packaging is all in Chinese, even the manual is in Chinese.

For some who are not that techy or resourceful enough, may find it hard to set up the device. Good thing, I’m quite familiar with doing so. 

Today is just going to be a quick post on how to set up your Tenda AC11. If you’re looking for a review of this router you can check my previous post.

Setting Up Your Tenda AC11 (AC1200) Gigabit MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router

In this post, I’ll show you a guide on how to set up this thing as a router and as a Wi-Fi extender with Dynamic IP. The only difference between the two is that: Setting it up as a router requires a LAN cable and the Wi-Fi extender needs to detect the current Wi-Fi network to extend the reach.

On the latter part of the post, I’ll also share the other settings you can play around with on this Tenda AC11 Gigabit MU-MIMO Router.

How to Set Up Tenda AC11 as a Wi-Fi Router

Tenda AC11 Wi-Fi Wireless Settings

Step 1 – Open your Tenda AC11 router

This router doesn’t have a default password. As soon as you open it you have to connect it to your device. It should route you to a browser and ask you to set up the name (SSID) and password for your Wi-Fi. Take note the password is for the Wi-Fi, not the router.

Initially, the router doesn’t have any passwords too.

If after connecting, you weren’t routed to the setup page you can simply go to the router settings which is at or tendawifi.com (this can be accessed without an internet connection.

Step 2 – Secure your router’s access

Since this thing doesn’t have any admin password yet, you need to set it up to make sure no one else can get into your router without your permission.
To do that simply go to tendawifi.com and go to “Administration”, you’ll see where to set up your router’s admin password.

Step 3 – Configuring your router’s mode

How to setup a Wi-Fi Router

If you’re doing this step by step you should still be at the router’s settings. To configure the mode simply go to “Internet Settings” and choose “Router” under “Operating Mode”.

Then, set the internet connection to “Dynamic IP Address” under “Internet Connection > Connection Type”. I prefer using dynamic IP so that the router can simply assign an IP address to our devices, which can avoid any conflicts with having multiple devices.

Step 4 – Connect the router to your modem.

Tenda Router Status

As mentioned you need an Ethernet Cable to connect your router to the internet. To do this you just simply have to connect your cable on any LAN port of your ISP (Internet Service Provider) Modem and connect the other end to the WAN port of your Tenda AC11 router.

Wait for a few seconds and check the “Status” on your Tenda router’s settings. It should show you three icons(Internet, My Router and Devices) in Green. Then it should say, “Connected. If you don’t see anything like that on your router, simply reboot the device by going under the “Administration” tab.

How to Set Up Tenda AC11 as Wi-Fi Extender

The first thing you need to do is to follow the Step 1 and 2 above this.

How to Set Up Wi-Fi Extender

Step – 3 Configuring your device as Wi-Fi Extender

Once again go to the router’s settings (tendawifi.com). Go under the “Internet Settings” tab and choose “Universal Repeater”.

It will show you a list of available Wi-Fi networks. All you need to do is look for your existing Wi-Fi network. If your existing Wi-Fi has a password, it will ask you to enter it. I haven’t tried this for hidden networks

After connecting, it will set up for a few minutes and reboot on its own. Then you’re good to go!

Note for this mode

Using this router as a Wi-Fi extender limits the features of your Tenda AC11, here are the following missing features I noticed:

  • The mobile app doesn’t work for this mode
  • Parental control
  • Sleeping Mode
  • Advanced Settings
  • Guest Mode
  • and Bandwidth limiting controls

Other settings and features I enjoy with my Tenda Wi-Fi Router

Bandwidth Control

Online devices view of Tenda Router Settings
You can check here online devices and set their bandwidth limit. You can also add and remove blacklisted devices.

This setting is accessible at tendawifi.com or using their Tenda Mobile App. It allows you to change the name of connected devices and be able to change the upload and download speed limit of a specific device. 

Also, you have an option there to blacklist a device. I use it to scare my niece so they will follow orders from me. HAHAHA. “Do this … or else, I’ll disconnect you on your Wi-Fi”.

Guest Network

This allows you to set up a Wi-Fi network for guests. You can set also set a bandwidth limit, however, I noticed that the limit only applies to the download speed. The upload speed remains the same.

You may want to use this feature if you don’t want your guests to have access to other devices you use with your home Wi-Fi networks like printers, TV, or smart whatever(lights, smart electronics, and stuff).

Parental Controls

This feature gives you the authority to allow/disallow a specific device from accessing specified websites. There’s also an option to set a time when the device can connect to the internet. 

Tenda AC11 Parental Controls
I personally prefer just the timer access. I leave website restrictions as disabled.

To set it up, go under “Parental Controls”. Enable the Manage option on the device. Then set the time and date as when your kids must have internet access. Leave the Website restrictions if you just allow them to browse anything. Otherwise, set an allow or disallow website. But I don’t think site restrictions are necessary especially for young ones.

This is really an amazing feature for a mom like me.

Preferred Band (Wireless Settings)

Initially, your router has two SSID, one for the 2.4Ghz and the other one for is 5Ghz. The preferred band, when enabled, allows you to connect to a compatible and strongest band for your device. However, if you use smart devices like smart bulbs, speakers, and other IoT, you may wanna disable this feature.

The thing is most smart home devices only connect on 2.4 GHz. Yes, the preferred band will detect that the only compatible band for them is 2.4 GHz. However if you’re controlling these smart devices on your phone that sometimes may connect to 5 GHz, it can cause some connectivity issues between your phone and smart home devices.

Remote Access to your Router

You can register for an account with Tenda using the mobile app, so you can access your router even if you’re away. As long as you have an internet connection, you can still control your Wi-Fi network. (So far I only tried this on the app, I’m not sure if it works or how it works on the web version.)

Why use this? Well if you’re a busy working parent and kids at home are uncontrollably exploiting the Wi-Fi, you can access your router setting and disable their access. LOL!

Mobile App Gallery

  • List of Tenda Devices detected
  • Wi-Fi Optimization on the app
  • Guest Wi-fi
  • Guest Wi-Fi Bandwidth Limit
  • Remote Account for our Tenda AC11 Wi-Fi router
  • Functions you can see from the Tenda app
  • List of devices connected on Tenda Wi-Fi
  • Device Info

Wrap Up

So far, those are the most used features and settings in our home. I’m not familiar with the other complex features. But if you’re looking for specific settings on this device before buying one, I made a screenshot of the advanced settings.

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28 thoughts on “How To Set Up Your Tenda AC11 (AC1200) Gigabit MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router”

  1. Thank you so much for this guide. It’s really helpful. My Tenda AC11 just got delivered today and I used your guide to set it up as wifi router. So far, the router is working great!

  2. Hi.
    I just bought tendan ac11.

    I would like to know how did you replaced your pldt fiber modem to tendan ac11?

    Your response is a big help.

    1. Hi I didn’t totally replace our ISP’s router because that will be used for the internet connection source. You just have to connect a lan cable from router to tenda. So technically we are using both routers. The one from ISP and the tenda router. Once your tenda is set up via lan you can just turn off your ISP’s wifi broadcasting. You can follow the instructions on this post ?

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  3. How will i replace my pldt fiber modem with this product? Because the size of telephone cable doesnt fit to the modem? Thanks.

    1. You cant replace your pldt modem with this. It’s just an additional router for better wifi distribution. You have to use LAN cables to connect your pldt modem to tenda.

  4. Are you kidding me? Website filtering is a MUST when you have kids. It’s the same reason you don’t allow them to freely roam around the mall or anywhere alone.

    1. Did I stop anyone to use it? When you have kids… Based on my experience with 4 young children at home and even two teenagers none of them are really interested in browsing the web using a browser. In this modern days where tons of apps are available on their devices rarely of them would use a browser to literally browse the web. They use youtube, facebook, instagram and app store to download games. Would you be expecting younger ones to browse the net as if they are roaming the mall? No, malls works differently with the web. Web can be accessed with knowledge of at least typing the keyword they want to go to.. while at mall without being conscious they can walk or run towards something they can already see. Once again for younger ones they would’ve probably asked their parents to type in the keyword or the site they want to go to. That’s why for me it’s not necessary to have it enabled for YOUNGER ONES. That doesn’t mean I am stopping for them to use it. So I don’t know which part I must be kidding.

  5. Hi, i tried your guide but when i access my router page using or tendawifi.com. either of 2 is not working.

    1. Hi are you sure you’re using tenda router. Because that’s what we’re using to access it and on their official site that was the one stated. Maybe you can try checking the app or the manual if it has a different address for your device

  6. Hi there! I tried this one. But experience some problem. There is something i want to share. I already did the step 1-4. Got 3 connection status connected. But after i did the universal repeater step, it rebooted but my connection is lost. Why is that? Please leave me a message at my email. Its [email protected]

    1. Any wifi device would reboot after making some changes. You have to connect it on one network and make sure it is within the range of the network you connected it otherwise the connection will be lost. Try to contact Tenda if the issue persist.

  7. I bought the tenda router AC11.. (I’m not sure it is original tenda product.. there is no information on tenda site)
    I want to use the DHCP reservation function.
    but I cant not find it in the setting page
    Do you know, how can I use DHCP reservation function..
    plz help me..

    1. Hi I’m sorry I am not at home to check on it. I think it still depends on the model. This one is not showing on tenda’s site either. I’m not sure why but I am able to use their app for this. As far as I know DHCP is shown on the internet settings when you’re initially setting it up. Like when you’re being asked how you would like to connect.

  8. Hi i found your blog very useful as the guidance etc of this Tenda ac11 is all in Chinese. i just received the unit but no chance to set it up as New Year is coming. do it later. thank you

  9. connected my converge modem lan to tenda modem wan, change tenda modem lan ip address to btw i am setup to router – dynamic ip address. that’s it. nothing more to setup.

  10. hello,
    so that tenda means or in other words it means internet amppliFier?

    so , if my phone searching wifi, my original internet(wifi) was there and that tenda two? .
    if yes, so its better to connect to tenda right? because it amppliFies my old modem wich produce internet? .

    and lastLy ,
    if the above was true about phone searching wifi, if tenda was search by my phone, do it has a 2.4g/5g at the end of the name of it?

    1. Hi.. yes it’s quite like that.. but tenda is for you to have more customization options.. especially if there are lots of devices connected in a network..we used this to make sure my devices for work won’t be congested. It allows me to lower down the speed limit of other users.

      For naming 2.4 and 5ghz. You have the option to use the same name so it would appeared once and the device will be the one to decide which band to connect.. you can also have it separately. so it boils down with the customization capabilities..there are a lot of restrictions with ISP modems that’s why people use a router like this..

      Hope this answer your questions. ☺️

  11. if tenda connect from my original network provider like smart modem or etc , do the name of the tenda in wifi has 2.4g/5g at the end of its name ? .


  12. Hi! Thank you so much for this. I just ordered a Tenda AC11 router and was looking for something to help me set it up. Question: did you turn off the wifi function of your Converge router once you were done setting up Tenda?

  13. Hello! I also just bought the Tenda wifi router after reading your review! Question tho, how did you turn of the wifi function of converge without losing the internet connection? ?

    1. To disable the WiFi signal of Converge’s modem by going to the router settings this may vary I guess depending on the router provided by Converge. Just an FYI our converge router is ZTE F660. Screenshot >>> https://bit.ly/2Y7IsWF

  14. hi just want to ask i tried connecting my tenda ac11 to our pldt home fibre it says its connected but connection with no internet? need hel please. thanks

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