TP-Link’s Kasa line of products offers decent options in the smart home world. Once your Kasa devices are hooked to your network, you can enjoy the smart features and link them to your virtual assistant (Alexa or Google Home). However, you might want to change your Kasa Device’s WIFI network down the road.
The Kasa smart app doesn’t provide a straightforward way to hop from one network to another. So, how do you change your device’s Wi-Fi network?
To change your Kasa device’s Wi-Fi, reset the device to clear the previous Wi-Fi settings and connect to the new network. Alternatively, configure an identical network on your new router and connect the Kasa device.
In this guidepost, I’ll walk you through the available options to move your Kasa device to the new Wi-Fi network.
How to Change Kasa Device Wi-Fi Network
To change your Kasa device’s Wi-Fi network, reset it manually or remove it from the app to clear previous Wi-Fi settings. After resetting, configure the device on the new Wi-Fi network on the Kasa app as if you were setting it up afresh.
This allows you to change to a new Wi-Fi network. Unfortunately, removing the device from the app restores its factory settings removing it from all your configurations.
Alternatively, configure an identical network on the new router. This allows you to keep your device’s settings and app configuration. However, this method is prone to errors and might fail to work.
This applies to all Kasa devices, including cameras., plugs, switches, bulbs, etc. Once the device resets, connecting to the new network is straightforward.
That said, here are 3 methods to connect your Kasa device to a new Wi-Fi network;
- Configure an identical network
- Reset the device
- Remove the device, Factory Reset, and reconnect
Configure An Identical Network
To pull this off, you should configure the same wireless settings on your new router as on the old one. Set identical wireless network name (SSID), wireless encryption, and password on the new router.
The goal is to connect the device to the new network as if it were the old one.
Kasa devices are only compatible with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. If the new router broadcasts 2.4 and 5 GHz options, turn off the 5 GHz band during the setup process.
Alternatively, separate the bands into different networks – each with its SSID and password.
Once you are set with the new network configuration, try connecting your mobile device. Select the new Wi-Fi network and enter the password (same as the old one).
Your mobile device should automatically connect to the new network in an ideal scenario.
Once your mobile device is connected, power the Kasa device and reconnect it on the app if it doesn’t automatically connect.
This method offers a seamless transition to the network. All your devices continue to function as if nothing has changed, but it’s prone to errors. Again, some devices might fail to recognize the new network and return a failure.
Reset The Device and Reconnect to Kasa
Resetting the Kasa device clears previous Wi-Fi configurations and allows room for adding a new network.
Manually resetting a Kasa device puts it in pairing mode. Once in setup mode, you can connect your device to the new Wi-Fi network.
If the Kasa app recognizes your device as preconfigured and asks you to reset the device when reconnecting, decline the offer. This would factory reset it clearing all its settings.
Here is how to reset some popular Kasa devices;
- Reset Kasa Camera – Press the reset button for 5 seconds to reset your camera until the LED indicator blinks green and amber.
- Reset Kasa Smart plug – Press the reset button for 5 seconds to perform a soft reset. This won’t factory reset your device but puts it in pairing mode. Holding the reset button for more than 10 seconds factory resets it.
- Kasa Smart Bulbs Resetting – The reset process for Kasa bulbs depends on the specific model and involves turning it on and off following a particular sequence. Check out our article on resetting Kasa LED strip and bulb Lights.
- Kasa Smart Switch – To soft reset a Kasa smart switch, press and hold the reset button for 5 seconds.
Once you have successfully reset your Kasa device and entered pairing mode, use the Kasa smart app to reconnect your device(s) to your new Wi-Fi network.
Remove The Device, Factory Reset, and Reconnect
Removing a device from the Kasa app and factory resetting it restores its default settings. The device is wiped clean and removed from all your configurations.
After removing the device from the app and resetting it, you can reconnect to the app and choose the new network.
Despite the method being long, it’s a sure a to move your Kasa device to another network. If you have multiple Kasa devices, removing and factory resetting them could take time, but it has to be done.
To remove a device from the Kasa app, select the device on the home screen > Tap the settings icon > Hit “Remove Device” device and confirm your option. This deletes the Kasa device from your account.
To factory reset your Kasa device, find the reset or sync button and press it for 10 – 20 seconds. The device’s LED blinks in a particular color depending on its type – most Kasa devices use green and amber.
After restoring your device’s factory settings, it’s time to pair it afresh and use the new Wi-Fi network. Thus, successfully changing your Kasa device’s Wi-Fi network.
How To Connect Kasa to Wi-Fi
To connect your Kasa device to your home Wi-Fi network, download the Kasa app (Android or iOS), register, and verify your account. Once the app is up and running, connect your device to the intended 2.4 GHz network and add the device.
If your router broadcasts both 5 and 2.4 GHz bands on a single SSID, turn off the 5 GHz option during this process.
Also, disable any VPN or Adblocker software on your mobile device to discover the new device on your network quickly.
Turn on your Location and grant permission for Kasa to discover devices.
Finally, you can connect your Kasa device;
- Open the Kasa app on your device
- Tap the “+” icon to add a new device
- Select the device category on the app
- Choose the right model. Identify the correct model of your device using the model number. Confirm that the device is powered and in pairing mode.
- Connect to the device’s network. The app prompts you to connect to the device’s network before connecting to your home Wi-Fi.
- Enter your Wi-Fi network password. Select the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network and enter the correct password.
- Name your device and tap Next
- Set your icon or keep the default option and Save
- Tap the “Sounds Good” button to finish up and access the device from the home screen.
Your Kasa device is reset and connected to your new home network. Link it to Alexa or your virtual assistant to enjoy voice control commands.