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Set up your Wi-Fi network

You only need an Internet connection when you want to install the Expeditions app or download an individual expedition. You need a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network to lead an expedition. A peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network connects the individual Expeditions devices to each other.

Some Wi-Fi networks may allow both peer-to-peer connections and an Internet connection. Ask your school administrator about your network to find out if it does both.

If your school doesn't have a Wi-Fi network, or if peer-to-peer connections aren't allowed on your school network, you can set up your own in a few ways:

  • Use a router to create a new network
  • Use an Android or iOS® phone to create a Wi-Fi hotspot

Set up a new router

To set up a new router for the Expeditions devices, you need its network information, which is usually found on a label at the router's base. 

On this label, you find the router's:

  • Wi-Fi name or Service Set Identifier (SSID)
  • Wi-Fi or SSID key
  • Management URL, username, and password

Important: We recommend a 5 GHz network for the best experience. However, a 2.4 GHz network also works.

Connect to the router's network

  1. On your computer, open the Network Settings.
  2. Select the router's Wi-Fi name or SSID.
  3. Enter the Wi-Fi or SSID key.

Set up the router

  1. In your browser address bar, enter the Management login URL.
  2. When prompted, enter the Management username and password.
  3. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to complete the router setup.

Tip: For greater security, you can create a password using WPA2 during the setup.

Set up a Wi-Fi hotspot 

If your school doesn't have a Wi-Fi network, or if it doesn't allow for peer-to-peer networking, you can use an Android or iOS phone to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Important: The number of devices that a hotspot can support varies depending on the device. Check your device's support information for more details.

Set up a Wi-Fi hotspot using an Android phone

  1. Go to Settings and then Wireless & networks.
  2. Tap More .
  3. Tap Tethering & portable hotspot.
  4. Tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.
  5. Create a Network name and Password, then tap Save.
  6. Tap Portable Wi-Fi hotspot and tap On On to turn on the hotspot.

Set up a Wi-Fi hotspot using an iOS phone

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Personal Hotspot.
  3. Next to Personal Hotspot, tap On On to turn on the hotspot.
  4. Tap Wi-Fi Password and enter a new password.
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