The Wireless section of the Network tab can be used to manage and configure WiFi Access Points (AP) and WiFi Stations (STA). This chapter of the user manual is an overview of the Wireless section of RUT2xx routers.
The information in this page is updated in accordance with the RUT2XX_R_00.01.12 firmware version.
RUT2xx routers support IEEE 802.11b/g/n and 802.11e_WMM wireless technologies. More information on IEEE 802.11b/g/n can be seen here.
The Wireless configuration window provides you with the possibility to configure your wireless access points and wireless stations. The Wireless Station Mode will become active only when WiFi is configured as an active WAN interface (either main or backup).
Above is the overview of the Wireless Configuration window. It displays active access points and stations. Here you can disable or enable your WiFi interfaces, remove unwanted access points or stations or enter a configuration window for each WiFi interface, where you can configure it more thoroughly.
The Wireless Access Point configuration window is used to make changes to different access points. It is divided into two main sections – device and interface. One is dedicated to configuring hardware parameters, the other – software. To access this window, simply click the edit button next to the WiFi interface that you wish to configure:
The Device Configuration section is used for configuring WiFi hardware parameters.
The General Setup tab is used to Enable or Disable an Access Point and to select the wireless channel used by the Access Point.
Choose a WiFi channel according to the busyness of other channels. While RUT devices do not provide a function that lets you monitor the usage of nearby WiFi channels, you can download a free WiFi analyzer app on your phone, laptop or other WiFi device. In most countries there are 13 WiFi channels on the 2.4 GHz band (14 in Japan) to choose from. RUT routers’ WiFi works on the 2.4 GHz band. A wireless 2.4 GHz WiFi channel requires a signaling band roughly 22 MHz wide, radio frequencies of neighboring channels numbers significantly overlap each other. Many home networks utilize routers that by default run on channel 6 on the 2.4 GHz band. Neighboring WiFi home networks that run over the same channel generate radio interference that can cause significant network performance slowdowns for users. Reconfiguring a network to run on a different wireless channel helps minimize these slowdowns. Therefore, pick a channel with no other active Access Points and preferably one that has no active Access Point on two adjacent channels on each side as well. If you don’t feel like doing this, set the Channel field to Auto and the router will pick the least busy channel in your location automatically.
The Advanced Setup tab is used to configure how the wireless Access Point will work from a hardware perspective.
The Interface Configuration section is used to configure wireless Access Points from the software perspective.
The General Setup tab contains only two options. SSID is the name of your WiFi interface. When other WiFi capable computers or devices scan the area for WiFi networks they will see your network with this name. Hide SSID is used to make your Access Point invisible to other devices. To use a hidden WiFi Access Point, first un-hide it, connect your device to it, then hide it again.
The Enterprise variants of WPA and WPA2 use a RADIUS server for authentication purposes instead of a password(s).
The MAC Filter tab is used for setting up rules that allow or exclude devices with specified MAC addresses from connecting to your WiFi network.
RUT240 can also work as a WiFi client. Configuring client mode is nearly identical to AP, except for the fact that most of the options are dictated by the wireless access point that the router is connecting to. Changing them can result in an interrupted connection to that AP.
In addition to standard options you can also click the Scan button to rescan the surrounding area and attempt to connect to a new wireless access point.
After the scan finishes, you will see a list of these Access points. Choose one according to your liking and press the Join Network button next to it.
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