The Hamlet HRDSL742W 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 Hamlet HRDSL742W WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.
To login to the Hamlet HRDSL742W, follow our Hamlet HRDSL742W Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
This guide begins on the Status page of the Hamlet HRDSL742W router. To configure the WiFi settings, click the link on the left labeled Configuration. Then, under that pick the option titled Wireless.
You are then directed to the page you see above. In the box labeled ESSID enter a name for your network. It can be anything but we recommend avoiding personal information. Learn more about this by reading our Wireless Names Guide.
Now find the Channel ID. The channel can be changed if needed just like a radio if you are not getting the reception you think you should. Use the Channel ID drop down menu to change the channel. Be sure to use channels 1,6, or 11. If you want to know why you should only use these three channels, read our WiFi Channels Guide.
Click the Apply button when you are finished.
Then, tick the option of Wireless Security in the blue sidebar.
This takes you to a page like the one you see here.
Use the Security Mode drop down menu to choose WPA Pre-Shared Key. To learn why this is the best option, read our guide titled WEP vs. WPA.
At this point if you are asked for the WPA type or WPA Unicast Cipher Suite, we recommend choosing WPA2(AES).
If you are asked for the Pre-Shared Key Format, click Passphrase.
Now enter a Pre-Shared Key or possibly Passphrase. This is the password you use to gain access to your network. We recommend using at least 14-20 characters with a mix of numbers, letters, and capital letters. Read our Choosing a Strong Password Guide for more info.
Click the Apply button. Then tick the blue button at the bottom of the page labeled SAVE CONFIG.
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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