So you have your wired network all neatly configured, and are left with just the matter of setting up a wireless network. This is not daunting by any means, and you should probably see it finished in a couple of minutes at most. As any wireless provider could tell you, what you need to make sure of at the start is that the PC you use is connected via Ethernet cable. Trying to configure Wi-Fi over wireless means you would lose your connection to the management console each time you applied configuration changes.
- Head to the management console and find “Wireless Setup”. You may see another name in this place, but figuring that out should be simple enough.
- Make sure the wireless network is enabled. IF you are working with a dual-band router, the configurations settings should show for both 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks. You will need to configure each separately.
- Ensure that “Channel” is set to “Auto”, and then leave “Mode” as whatever the default was. These settings can be adjusted later if you see any slowness or connection drops.
- Now, to deal with the SSID. This is basically the name of the network you are setting up, which means you can have anything here except for the default value. Type in Something descriptive, like PCM50, for instance, if you are assigning for the 5GHz network. Similarly, for the 2.4GHz one, you can have PCM24.
- Now comes the part where you encrypt the network before using it. In this you have more than one option to pick from, although you should really stick to just using WPA2.
- If you have more than one option listed under WPA2, pick the one that shows up as WPA2-PSK [AES]. This is the best level of security you have available for wireless networks, and it’s a far cry from the WEP that some routers still use. The latter is very vulnerable in case someone tries a brute-force attack.
- After setting the encryption type as WPA2, set a passphrase or passcode, which would act as the key to entering the network. This needs to be long and secure, and it’s all the better if it contains just random characters.
After all of the above things have been done, you need to save the changes you have made to the configuration, and of course, test the connection once to see how well it is working.