The NetComm NP803n 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 NetComm NP803n WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.
To login to the NetComm NP803n, follow our NetComm NP803n Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
You begin on the Status page of the NetComm NP803n router.
From here, click the option of Wireless in the left sidebar.
Then be sure that Basic is chosen at the top of the page.
On this page, place your cursor in the box labeled SSID1 and enter a new network name here. This name is how you identify your network. Go ahead and enter anything you want here but we suggest avoiding personal information. Learn more in our guide titled How to Change your Wireless Name.
Next locate Auto Channel and click Disable.
In the drop-down list titled Channel pick either channel 1,6, or 11. Learn why in our guide titled WiFi Channels.
Now click Apply.
Go back to the top of the page and click Security.
Use the list labeled SSID Selection to pick the SSID you just finished creating.
The Encryption is the next setting to change. We recommend updating your firmware to allow for the best encryption of WPA2 pre-shared key. If you want to know more about this topic, read our WEP vs. WPA Guide.
You will then have to enter a Pre-shared Key. This is your network password. It is very important that you create a strong password here. Use at least 14 characters with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. We have more info on this topic in our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.
That's it, just click the Apply 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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