Wireless Service

You can enable or disable your wireless, or modify your wireless settings, such as changing your WEP Key, changing the wireless broadcast channel, and enabling/disabling the broadcast of your SSID.

 

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Figure 5: Default view of the wireless summary in the Basic Services area

 

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Figure 6: The Wireless summary, showing current settings

 

Task: I want to turn on wireless networking

When you first receive the wireless modem, wireless may not be turned on/enabled. This shows you how to turn on wireless service and describes other options you should consider when setting up wireless networking.

1.    Login into the Home Network Manager.

2.    Click on the Wireless Settings link under Basic Services. This opens the Wireless summary pane on the right side of the screen.

3.    Enter your SSID in the text box, or leave the default name. This is a name for the wireless network that allows your wireless network to be identified.

4.    Use the drop-down arrow next to Security Type to choose the security type and enter the key if applicable. WPA2 is recommended.

5.    Click the Enabled check box. When checked, wireless networking will be enabled after saving the configuration in a later step.

6.    (Optional) If you want to broadcast the availability of your wireless network, click the check box next to Broadcast.

        NOTE: If you broadcast the beacon, the Network Name (SSID) and the security status icon will be displayed to computers within reach. If you do not set up a Security Type with a security key, your network will be open and available to any computer that can see the beacon. To set up a security key, follow the steps in the next section under “I’d like my wireless to be secure.”

7.    Click the OK button.

8.    Click the Save button. You must click the Save button in order to save the changes to your gateway, or changes will be lost when you navigate away from the page.

9.    Logout from the Home Network Manager.

 

Task: I’d like my wireless to be secure

When you enable wireless service on your wireless modem, you can also set up your security options.

1.    Login into the Home Network Manager.

2.    Click on the Wireless link under Basic Services. This opens the Wireless summary pane on the right side of the screen.

3.    Click the Enabled check box. When checked, wireless networking will be enabled after saving the configuration in a later step.

4.    Click the Broadcast check box. When checked, your Network Name (SSID) and security status will be broadcast to any computer within reach.

5.    Type in the network name that you’d like to use in the Network Name (SSID) field. For example, you can use a name and the word network, such as “Jack’s Network.”

       NOTE: Pick something meaningful to you, to make it easier for you and any visitors to select and log into the correct network.

6.    To change the channel on which the radio broadcasts its signal, please choose a channel number from 1 to 11 by clicking the drop-down arrow. The default Security Channel value is Auto.

       NOTE: This functionality is useful if the gateway's radio is interfering with other wireless devices in your environment or vice versa (other wireless devices affecting the gateway’s ability to transmit wireless signals properly). Unless there are other wireless devices using the same channel, the security channel should be set to Auto.

7.    Use the arrows to select a Security Type. If you select anything other than None or Mixed, you’ll need to use the automatically generated security key or create your own. The types are listed below, in order of most secure to least secure.

       WPA2

       WPA

       WEP

       Mixed

       None

8.    Click the Generate Wireless Key button, unless you are using your own custom security key. If using your own custom security key, type the key into the text box.

NOTE: Dictionary words should not be used for custom security keys. A random generation of letters and numbers makes for a stronger security key.

9.    Click the OK button.

10.  Click the Save button. You must click the Save button in order to save the changes to your gateway, or changes will be lost when you navigate away from the page.

11.  Logout from the Home Network Manager.

 

Task: I’d like to allow someone visiting to log into my wireless network

When you have a guest visit your home, if the wireless network is already enabled you simply need to tell your guest the SSID and security key. If you do not already have the wireless network enabled, follow the instructions under “I want to turn on wireless networking” and then give your guest the SSID and security key.