Broadband

Technicolor 582n: How to check or change wireless settings

Summary: How to find and configure your router's wireless settings.
  1. Connect and log in to your router
  2. What settings are available and what do they do?

1. Connect and log in to your router

Step 1

Open your web browser (This might be Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox).

Ignore any websites (or error messages) that appear and enter the IP address of your router. This should be 192.168.1.254 unless you've changed it.

Enter the router IP into your web browser
Step 2

You'll be asked to log in.

The username is admin and the password is the serial number printed on the bottom of your router (I don't know where this is).

You'll be asked to log in. The username is admin and the password is the serial number printed on the bottom of your router.
Step 3

You'll see your router home page.

Click Home Network on the left menu.

Your router's home page indicates that you're logged in.

Step 4

You'll see a diagram of the devices currently connected to your router.

Click WLAN: PlusnetWireless (where PlusnetWireless is the name of your wireless network).

A diagram of the devices currently connected to your router.
Step 5

Now you'll see an overview of the settings currently being used.

  • To change the settings click Configure
  • To see more information click Details
An overview of your current wireless settings.

Where can I find my router password?

The password is your router's serial number.

  • It's printed on the bottom of your router (pictured) and the included set up card

  • In this example, the router password would be CPYYWWPPXXX
The serial number is printed on the bottom of your router.

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2. What settings are available and what do they do?

Check the table below to find out what each of the settings is for.

You might need to reconnect to your network after changing some of these settings (particularly the Network Name, Encryption or Encryption password). See our Wireless connection guide if you need help with this.

Change the settings you need to and click Apply
Setting What does it do?
Interface Enabled (tick box) Switch your wireless on or off.
Power Reduction Enabled (tick box)

When power reduction is enabled, your router will automatically switch wireless off if there are no computers connected to it.

Network Name (SSID) The broadcast name of your wireless network, you'll see it when scanning for networks to connect to.
Channel Selection

Choose the channel (frequency) that your wireless network transmits on. By default this will be set to Automatic.

  • Automatic means the Thomson Gateway will choose the best channel each time you switch it on
  • Manual allows you to choose a single channel to broadcast on (between 1-13)

If you're having problems, using a single channel can improve the stability of your wireless connection.

You'll need to experiment to find the channel that's best for you. We recommend trying channels 1, 6 or 12 first.

Allow multicast from Broadband Network Lets you allow or block multicast broadcasts over your wireless network
Broadcast Network Name (tick box)

By default, your Thomson Gateway will display the Network Name (or SSID) to any computer that scans for available networks. To stop this from happening and hide the SSID, untick this box.

Computers and other devices will still be able to connect to your network but you'll need to type the SSID in, rather than choosing from a list of available networks.

Allow New Devices Control how new computers connect to your wireless network.
Encryption

Choose the method of encryption for your wireless network.

  • Disabled
  • Use WEP Encryption
  • Use WPA-PSK Encryption

Disabling encryption means anyone can access your network. WEP is an outdated method of encryption and can be cracked easily. We don't recommend choosing either of these options.

Leave this set to WPA-PSK unless you have a specific reason to change

WPA-PSK/WEP Encryption Key This is the password you need to log on to your Wireless network.
WPA-PSK/WEP Version

Choose the level of encryption for your wireless network.

  • WPA2
  • WPA+WPA2
  • WPA

WPA2 is the newest and most secure version of WPA, but not all systems support it.

WPA+WP2 is the standard option and will allow connections through either level of WPA.

Only change to WPA2 if all your computers or devices support it.

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This page last updated 12th October 2012

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