4.3 WiFi Hotspots

Wireless Overview

After accessing the router admin panel, go to Network > Wireless to check the Wi-Fi status.

  • Ra0 - MT7615E 802.11bgn is the 2.4GHz WiFi module SSID: Outdoor-WiFi-xxxx-V4 is the 2.4GHz hotspot

  • Rax0 - MT7615E 802.11anac is the 5.8GHz WiFi module SSID: Outdoor-WiFi-xxxx-V5 is the 5.8GHz hotspot

  • SSID | Mode: Client -- is the Wi-Fi relay connection. It's not visible until set up the Wi-Fi relay.

  • Associated Stations are the active Wi-Fi networks and their working status.

You can turn off both client and master SSID by clicking the "Disable" button. And re-active it by clicking the "Enable" button.

Edit Wi-Fi Hotspot

On the above wireless overview page of "System > Wireless." Click the "Edit" button on the row of related SSID to enter their configuration page.

i. Basic Wi-Fi Settings

In the tab of General Setup, you can monitor the network status and configure Wi-Fi operating Mode, Channel, Bandwidth, and Transmit Power.

Suggest using default settings unless there is a conflict.

After connecting to a WiFi relay, the WiFi master SSID's Mode, Channel, and Width will be locked to the same settings as the connected Wi-Fi relay network.

If other 2.4GHz Wi-Fi hotspots are nearby, do not use 40MHz on "Width," and do not turn on "Force 40MHz mode" on the advanced settings.

ii. Wi-Fi Country Code

In Device Configuration, click the Advanced Settings tab, check the Country Code field, and select the corresponding country code.

It is essential to ensure the Wi-Fi hotspot on your router meets the legal regulations in your country. The other configured Wi-Fi networks will use the same device settings.

iii. Wi-Fi SSID & Password

In the section of Interface Configuration, click the General Setup tab. You can edit the Wi-Fi hotspot's name on the ESSID field.

Click the Wireless Security tab to enter the encryption section and configure the Wi-Fi password.

  • Encryption: Select an encryption method. The last option, "WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK Mixed Mode," is recommended for home and small office networks.

  • Cipher: The "Auto" option is recommended.

  • The Key is the Wi-Fi password. Input your password without space. Special characters are supported. The minimum length is eight characters. * Do not leave it empty after choosing the encryption type.

  • Other default settings are qualified for general usage.

Enable the checkbox of Hide ESSID to stop broadcasting the Wi-Fi hotspot but maintain the Wi-Fi connection. You should manually input the WiFI SSID and password to connect a new device when ESSID is hidden.

Wi-Fi Relay

You can connect the outdoor router to another WiFi hotspot to get a backup Internet connection or extend the current WiFi network.

Go to Network > Wireless and open the wireless overview page.

  1. Click the "Scan" button on the first row of "Ra0" or "Rax0". It will open a new page and scan the nearby WiFi hotspots. Note: Ra0 is for connecting to 2.4GHz, and Rax0 is for connecting to 5.8GHz.

  2. Choose the WiFi hotspot you want to connect to from the page and click the "Join Network" button.

  3. Enter the WiFi password on the "WPA passphrase" field. Leave the new network as "wwan" in the "WAN/Mobile" firewall zone. !! Do not enable the "Replace wireless configuration" check box unless you intend to disable its own WiFi master hotspot.

  4. Click the "Submit" button on the bottom right corner to enter the Wi-Fi client configure page. Generally speaking, you can use leave all of them with no change.

  5. Click the "Save & Apply" button to return to the wireless overview page. Wait 2~3 minutes until the WiFi hotspot reboot.

Ensure the WiFi source has a different IP range than the outdoor router.

We can repeat the above operations and connect to multiple WiFi hotspots. Please use a different "Name of the new network" and set the firewall to "WAN."

If failed to set up a WiFi relay connection, go to "Network > Wireless," delete the "SSID | Mode: Client," and repeat the above operation.

WiFi Coverage

For better outdoor WiFi coverage, suggest installing the router in an open space with the fewest barriers nearby. To cover indoor spaces, you can install the router near the windows or doors.

You can also use an indoor router and link to the LAN port on the PoE injector.

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