Setup WiFi on the 3com WL522

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The 3com WL522 router is considered a wireless router because it offers WiFi connectivity. WiFi, or simply wireless, allows you to connect various devices to your router, such as wireless printers, smart televisions, and WiFi enabled smartphones.

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Other 3com WL522 Guides

This is the wifi guide for the 3com WL522. We also have the following guides for the same router:

WiFi Terms

Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.

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Wireless Name

Your wireless network needs to have a name to uniquely identify it from other wireless networks. If you are not sure what this means we have a guide explaining what a wireless name is that you can read for more information.

Wireless Password

An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.

Wireless Channel

Picking a WiFi channel is not always a simple task. Be sure to read about WiFi channels before making the choice.


You should almost definitely pick WPA2 for your networks encryption. If you are unsure, be sure to read our WEP vs WPA guide first.

Login To The 3com WL522

To get started configuring the 3com WL522 WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the 3com WL522, follow our 3com WL522 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the 3com WL522

If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.

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This is the status page from your 3com WL522 router.

We begin this wireless setup guide on the Home of the 3Com WL522 router. To start off, click Wireless Settings on the left hand side of the page.

Change the WiFi Settings on the 3com WL522

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This is the wifi network page from your 3com WL522 router.

This should take you to the page you see above.

First, make sure the box labeled Enable Wireless Networking is checked.

Now open the drop down list marked Channel and set it to either 1, 6, or 11. Why are these the best options? Read our WiFi Channels Guide to find out.

After that you need to set an SSID. This will be your network identification and can be anything you like. However, we recommend avoiding any personal information due to security reasons. To learn more, check out our Wireless Names Guide.

That's all for this page. Just be sure to click Apply to save your changes.

Now click Encryption near the top of the page.

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This is the wifi security page from your 3com WL522 router.

You should now be on the page you see above.

Start off by setting the Security Mode to WPA (with Radius Server). Following that, set the WPA mode to WPA2. Why is this important? See our WEP vs. WPA Guide.

Now open the drop down list labeled Encryption technique and select AES for both WPA and WPA2.

Finally, in the box marked Pre-shared Key (PSK), enter your desired network password. This can be anything you like, however a strong password consists of 14-20 characters and includes no personal information. For more helpful tips like these, be sure to check out our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

Congratulations! You're finished. Just make sure to click Apply before leaving.

Possible Problems when Changing your WiFi Settings

After making these changes to your router you will almost definitely have to reconnect any previously connected devices. This is usually done at the device itself and not at your computer.

Other 3com WL522 Info

Don't forget about our other 3com WL522 info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the 3com WL522. We also have the following guides for the same router: