The Edimax AR-7084A 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.
Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.
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.
An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.
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.
To get started configuring the Edimax AR-7084A WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.
To login to the Edimax AR-7084A, follow our Edimax AR-7084A Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
Let's start this WiFi guide on the Status page of the Edimax AR-7084A router. Click the link at the top of the page labeled Interface Setup.
A new menu appears below that, pick the option titled Wireless.
The first thing you need to do on this page is check the Channel. Just be sure you are using channels 1,6, or 11. To learn why these channels are special, read our WiFi Channels Guide.
In the Multiple SSIDs Settings section choose No next to Use WPS. We highly recommend that you do not use WPS. Read our What is WPS Guide for more info.
In the next section find the box labeled SSID. This is the name you are about to create to identify your network. It doesn't really matter what you enter here but we recommend avoiding personal information. Read more about SSIDs in our Wireless Names Guide.
Below that is the Authentication Type. There are several different choices here. We recommend WPA2-PSK. Check out our guide for more info on the different options. WEP vs. WPA Guide.
You are now asked for the Encryption. There are three options, TKIP, AES, or TKIP/AES. The newest and most secure form of encryption available to home networks is AES.
Finally, you need to enter a new Pre-Shared Key. This refers to your password that you use when accessing your network through your router. It is important to have a strong password here. We recommend using at least 14-20 characters and a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. To read more on this topic, click this link.
That's it, just click the SAVE button before you exit.
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.
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