Useless to write again about changing default passwords?
Both come with default username and password: admin.
It is written on their back…
Once you login, you will go through as wizard which configures the device.
But, it doesn’t prompt you to change that password!
When you go to System tools -> Passwords, you are prompted to change the user name and password.
But, you must choose a good password, because TP-Link clearly requires:
The new user name and password must not exceed 14 characters in length and must not include any spaces.
Well, that’s how TP-Link thinks that a password, or better, a passphrase should be.
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What is the correct approach for TP-Link?
They must make it easier for the user and as soon as the device is started for the first time, the wizard must prompt you to change the password. It makes absolutely no sense to prompt for a user name. You can have a default one (e.g.: admin) and keep that name hidden. But the password must be enforced to be changed.
And, they should enforce that the password is a strong one, with alpha-numeric characters and symbols, including spaces.
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