Setup WiFi on the Hot Hotbox

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The Hot Hotbox 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.

Other Hot Hotbox Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Hot Hotbox v2.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.

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.

Encryption

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 Hot Hotbox

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

To login to the Hot Hotbox, follow our Hot Hotbox Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Hot Hotbox

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

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This is the status page from your Hot router.

This WiFi guide begins on the Status page of the Hot Hotbox v2 router. Begin by clicking the option at the top of the page labeled Wireless. Then in the left sidebar tick the choice of WiFi Setup.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Hot Hotbox

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This is the wifi setup page from your Hot router.

Once directed to the page you see above, find the box titled Network Name (SSID) and enter a new, original name for your network. This name acts as your identification. It doesn't really matter what you enter here but we caution against using personal information. Read our Wireless Names Guide for more information on this topic.

The next thing you may need to change is the Control Channel. It needs to be on channels 1,6, or 11. Check out our guide on the topic when you click this link.

Below that is the Broadcast SSID. If you want to hide your network name, use the drop down box to choose the option of Disabled. Understand that while this may hide your name from scanning wireless devices, a hacker can still find hidden networks fairly easily.

Next is the WiFi Security. The best option is WPA2 Only. If this router does not allow for this option, we recommend updating your firmware. The next best option is WPA/WPA2. Read our guide titled WEP vs. WPA for more information on this topic.

The last thing you need to change is the Key. This is the password you use to grant access to your network. We recommend using at least 14-20 characters in this password. Try and use some symbols, numbers, and capital letters in this password. Read our Choosing a Strong Password Guide for more tips on this subject.

Tick the red button labeled Apply and you are finished.

The right side of the page is dedicated to WPS. Do not use WPS, it is a weak link in your network security. You need to use the drop down menu under the heading of Automatic Security Configuration to choose the option of Disabled. Please read our What is WPS Guide for more on this subject.

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 Hot Hotbox Info

Don't forget about our other Hot Hotbox info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Hot Hotbox v2.We also have the following guides for the same router: