Wireless connections help


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Desmond

Hi I am a geek but not where it comes to networking and wireless
stuff.

I log in to my router website using the IP address on the back and I
find 3 items of curiosity

1) Enable WLAN. These seems fairley obviouse if I un tick it the
Wireless bit stops and nobady can log on with a lap top etc.

2) Hide broadcast. Shurley this ammounts to the same thing dosn't it?

3) SSID Not only can I give myself a nice name but I have a drop down
box SSID index with SSID 1, SSID2, SSID3 and SSID4

Does this last one mean I could allow 4 people to use my wireless
connection with there own password lof in? Nice if that was the case.

TIA

Desmond.
 
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SC Tom

Desmond said:
Hi I am a geek but not where it comes to networking and wireless
stuff.

I log in to my router website using the IP address on the back and I
find 3 items of curiosity

1) Enable WLAN. These seems fairley obviouse if I un tick it the
Wireless bit stops and nobady can log on with a lap top etc.

2) Hide broadcast. Shurley this ammounts to the same thing dosn't it?

3) SSID Not only can I give myself a nice name but I have a drop down
box SSID index with SSID 1, SSID2, SSID3 and SSID4

Does this last one mean I could allow 4 people to use my wireless
connection with there own password lof in? Nice if that was the case.

TIA

Desmond.

The first thing I would suggest is RTFM :) If you don't have one, then
download it from the router manufacturer's website. My Netgear doesn't have
that that feature, so it may be just for your make and model.
 
R

Rich Greenberg

Hi I am a geek but not where it comes to networking and wireless
stuff.

I log in to my router website using the IP address on the back and I
find 3 items of curiosity

There is usually also a password. If the factory defaults leave it
blank, I would suggest changing both the userid and password.
1) Enable WLAN. These seems fairley obviouse if I un tick it the
Wireless bit stops and nobady can log on with a lap top etc.
Correct.

2) Hide broadcast. Shurley this ammounts to the same thing dosn't it?

No, not the same. If its on, it is part of the "here I am" broadcast.
If off, the "here I am" is still broadcast, just without saying who you
are. Minor security enhancement. When its off, someone trying to
connect to you must know it.
3) SSID Not only can I give myself a nice name but I have a drop down
box SSID index with SSID 1, SSID2, SSID3 and SSID4

Generally you can use any name you want as the SSID. Its used in the
broadcast message (see #2). I am guessing that "SSID1, SSID2, SSID3
and SSID4" are examples or possibly the router software is brain dead
and these are the only ones you are allowed to select.
Does this last one mean I could allow 4 people to use my wireless
connection with there own password lof in? Nice if that was the case.

There should also be a way to select the encryption method. Possible
choices could be off, WEP, WPA (Allows you to enable a pre-shared
key for a home network or more advanced security for an enterprise
network), or WPA2 (An enhanced revision of WPA providing stronger
security settings). I would suggest WPA, or if both the router and the
PCs support it (its relatively new) WPA2. It requires a passphrase
which you specify at least 8 characters up to 63 characters. It should
contain upper and lower case and numbers. It may contain blanks.

If you want a PC to be able to connect by wireless, you must give them
the SSID and passphrase you have selected. The number of simultaneous
connections is controlled by the router software and is typically around
250.
 
D

Desmond

My guess here is that the router has a virtual WLAN capability that
allows for multiple SSIDs--probably even with different passphrases.  As
Tom artfully put it, the manual would be of some use here.




Possibly.  Again, the manual would be good.  What make and model of
router do you have?

Sorry there is no Manual. It is a router from Talk Talk. Just basic
instalation. I can set other things like encription. The roter isHG533
for use on a fiber obtic system with BT Openreach fiber optic modem.
 
D

Desmond

Sorry there is no Manual. It is a router from Talk Talk. Just basic
instalation. I can set other things like encription. The roter isHG533
for use on a fiber obtic system with BT Openreach fiber optic modem.

I meant a Huawei HG533
 
D

Desmond

I meant a Huawei HG533

I have down loaded the manual but there is no mention off SSID2,3 or
4. The only thing is says is

1. Log in to the Web-based configuration utility.
2. In the navigation tree on the left of the web-based configuration
utility, choose Basic > WLAN.
3. Choose the WLAN page.
4. Select the Enable WLAN check box.
5. Select the SSID1 from the SSID index drop-down combo box.
6. Enter the WLAN name in the SSID text box.
7. Select WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK from the Security drop-down combo box.
8. Enter the WLAN access password in the WPA pre-shared key text box.
9. Select TKIP+AES from the WPA encryption drop-down combo box.

Also why a USB port?
 
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SC Tom

Desmond said:
I have down loaded the manual but there is no mention off SSID2,3 or
4. The only thing is says is

1. Log in to the Web-based configuration utility.
2. In the navigation tree on the left of the web-based configuration
utility, choose Basic > WLAN.
3. Choose the WLAN page.
4. Select the Enable WLAN check box.
5. Select the SSID1 from the SSID index drop-down combo box.
6. Enter the WLAN name in the SSID text box.
7. Select WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK from the Security drop-down combo box.
8. Enter the WLAN access password in the WPA pre-shared key text box.
9. Select TKIP+AES from the WPA encryption drop-down combo box.

Also why a USB port?

According to page3 of the manual, "If there are no available telephone or
network jacks in your home, you can
go online using the data card service."
 
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SC Tom

Desmond said:
I have down loaded the manual but there is no mention off SSID2,3 or
4. The only thing is says is

1. Log in to the Web-based configuration utility.
2. In the navigation tree on the left of the web-based configuration
utility, choose Basic > WLAN.
3. Choose the WLAN page.
4. Select the Enable WLAN check box.
5. Select the SSID1 from the SSID index drop-down combo box.
6. Enter the WLAN name in the SSID text box.
7. Select WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK from the Security drop-down combo box.
8. Enter the WLAN access password in the WPA pre-shared key text box.
9. Select TKIP+AES from the WPA encryption drop-down combo box.

Also why a USB port?

Since there is no mention of SSID2, 3, or 4, why not set up your SSID1, then
set up another WLAN name under SSID2 and see what happens. Maybe it will do
what you want, separate SSID's for different users. If worse comes to worst,
you can just reset the device (page25).
 
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Rich Greenberg

Desmond said:
[...]
Also why a USB port?

I just got a new router for my Verizon FIOS, and it also has 2 USB
sockets. Wondering why, I cracked open the manual and found:

"The USB ports provide up to 500 mA at 5 VDC for attached devices (to
charge a cell phone, for example). In the future, with a firmware
release upgrade, the USB host functionality will be available for
devices such as external storage and cameras."

As a guess, the same thing applies to your router.
 
S

SC Tom

Rich Greenberg said:
[...]
Also why a USB port?

I just got a new router for my Verizon FIOS, and it also has 2 USB
sockets. Wondering why, I cracked open the manual and found:

"The USB ports provide up to 500 mA at 5 VDC for attached devices (to
charge a cell phone, for example). In the future, with a firmware
release upgrade, the USB host functionality will be available for
devices such as external storage and cameras."

As a guess, the same thing applies to your router.

I quoted directly from the manual on my reply, and that's not what it
suggests. Seems that it's used for a wireless dongle of some sort, "data
card". Maybe like a 3G adapter?
To quote further on in the manual:
"When the HG533 is working in data card mode, you need to install the
Huawei HSPA data card on the HG533 so that your PC can connect to the
Internet through the HSPA uplink.
To create an HSPA uplink connection, do as follows:
Step 1 Log in to the web-based configuration utility.
Step 2 Click Advanced > PIN in the navigation tree on the left to display
the PIN Page.
Step 3 Enable the UPLINK function.
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1. Choose the UPLINK page.
2. Select the HSPA Backup check box.
3. Click Submit.
Step 4 Set the uplink working mode.
1. Choose the UMTS page.
2. Select 3G First from the Mobile Connection Type drop-down
combo box.
3. Click Submit.
Step 5 Verify the PIN code of your SIM card.
1. Choose the PIN page.
2. Select Verify from the PIN operation drop-down combo box.
3. Enter the PIN code that provided by your SIM card operator in the
PIN text box.
4. Click Submit.
Step 6 Set the working mode of the HG533 to PPP.
1. In the navigation tree on the left of the web-based configuration
utility, choose Basic > WAN.
2. Click New.
3. Select UMTS from the Access type.
4. Select INTERNET from the Service list.
5. Select PPP from the Connection type drop-down combo box.
6. Enter the user name and password provided by the network
operator in the User name and Password text boxes.
7. Enter the APN and Dial number that are provided by the network
operator in the APN and Dial number text boxes.
8. Keep the default settings of other parameters.
9. Click Submit. "
 
J

jim.penman

This router has the capability to store up to four access points called profiles. These profiles are called SSID1, SSID2, SSID3 and SSID4. Each of the four profiles can be configured for a different access point.

Hope this helps

Jim
 
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SC Tom

This router has the capability to store up to four access points called
profiles. These profiles are called SSID1, SSID2, SSID3 and SSID4. Each of
the four profiles can be configured for a different access point.

Hope this helps

Jim

I'm sure he has either moved on to another router, or already figured this
one out, after 15 months :)
 

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