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Setting up your Wi-Fi network

You'll need an internet connection to install the app or download an individual expedition, but you only need a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network to lead an expedition. There are two ways to create a peer-to-peer network if your school doesn't have a Wi-Fi network or if peer-to-peer connections are not allowed on your school network:

  • 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 for the Expeditions devices

The network information often will be printed on an information label at the base of the router. It will have entries for Wi-Fi Name or SSID, Key, Management login, and Username. We recommend a 5GHz network, but a 2.4GHz network will also work.

  1. Locate the router manager and connect to the network.
    1. From a laptop, find the Wi-Fi name or SSID on the printed information label at the base of the router.
    2. Enter that Wi-Fi or SSID key.
  2. Set up the router.
    1. Navigate to the Management Login url and give it the specified Username and Password when prompted.

      Note: This is generally printed on the information label at the base of the router. It will have entries for Wi-Fi Name/SSID, Key, Management login, and Username.

    2. After logging in for the first time, follow the manufacturer's directions to set up the router. We recommend creating a password with WPA2 for the router during setup.
  3. Connect to the router from all devices.
    1. Turn on each device.
    2. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
    3. Select the router network name, enter the password, and tap Connect or Join.

Set up a Wi-Fi hotspot 

The number of devices that a hotspot can support will vary from device to device. Check the support information for your device for more information.

Using an Android phone:

  1. Go to Settings > Wireless & networks, and tap More .

  2. Tap Tethering & portable hotspot

  3. Tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot

  4. Create a Network name and Password, then tap Save.

  5. Tap Portable Wi-Fi hotspot to toggle the hotspot on.

  6. Connect your Expeditions devices to the hotspot.

Using an iOS phone:

  1. Go to Settings > Mobile.
  2. Tap Personal Hotspot and tap Turn On Turn on.
  3. Tap Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  4. Tap Wi-Fi Password and enter a new password.
  5. Connect your Expeditions devices to the hotspot.
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