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Configure advanced Wi-Fi settings

The Wi-Fi tab enables you to control some advanced settings for your Wi-Fi network.

To configure advanced Wi-Fi settings:

  1. Sign in to Fiber using the email and password you use for your Fiber account.

  2. Select Network at the top-left corner. (If you don’t see it, click the navigation menu to display the selection.)

  3. In the settings pane, click Advanced; then click the Wi-Fi tab.

If you have a Mini Network Box, the 5 GHz Wi-Fi SSID option is unavailable, because the Mini Network Box has only a 2.4 GHz radio channel.

If your TV Box is enabled as a Wi-Fi access point, you can change its Wi-Fi channel.

Broadcast Wi-Fi SSID

Broadcasting the SSID causes the name of your network to appear in the list of available networks when a nearby wireless device is looking for a Wi-Fi connection. By default, SSID broadcasting is enabled; however, you can disable SSID broadcasting on the Wi-Fi tab, if desired.

To enable or disable SSID broadcasting:

  1. Next to Broadcast Wi-Fi SSID, click the switch to change it from OFF to ON or vice versa.

  2. Click Apply.

5 GHz Wi-Fi SSID

 The 5 GHz Wi-Fi SSID option is unavailable for the Mini Network Box.

By default, your Wi-Fi network uses the network name you specify when you configure your Wi-Fi network for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. When wireless devices try to connect to Wi-Fi, they see only that one SSID. You can assign a different network name (SSID) for the 5 GHz radio, if desired, so users can decide which frequency they want to use when connecting to your Wi-Fi network.

Before choosing advanced Wi-Fi options, you might want to compare wireless frequencies to see how they affect your wireless network.

To assign a different SSID for the 5 GHz radio:

  1. Next to 5 GHz Wi-Fi SSID, click Other, and enter a new SSID for that frequency.

    The SSID is case-sensitive and can be up to 32 characters long, using any of the following characters:

    !"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?@ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ[\]^_`abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz{|}~

  2. Click Apply. The new setting takes effect immediately.

If you assign a different SSID for the 5 GHz radio:

  • The password for the 5 GHz network is the same as the existing password for the 2.4 GHz network. You can't create different passwords for the two networks; if you change the password, it changes for both.

  • When wireless devices are connected at 5 GHz, those devices disconnect when you click Apply; however, 2.4 GHz connections are unaffected.

  • The network name you specified when you configured your Wi-Fi network appears for the 2.4 GHz radio only.

  • If you enable SSID broadcasting, wireless devices see both SSIDs when they connect. The broadcast setting applies to both SSIDs, whether you have one or two SSIDs.

Channels

All Wi-Fi network equipment, including client devices and routers, communicate over specific channels. Similar to channels on a traditional TV, each Wi-Fi channel is designated by a number that represents a specific radio communication frequency.

By default, the Network Box (and TV Boxes, if enabled as access points) automatically set and adjust their channels as part of their communication protocol. Most of the time, you do not need to worry about these settings. However, you might want to change your Wi-Fi channel in certain situations, particularly if your Wi-Fi network seems slower than usual.

The Channels setting allows you to select the channel of your choice for each frequency on your network or to allow the Network Box to adjust the channel automatically.

You can use one of the many Wi-Fi analysis apps available that indicate which channels nearby have the strongest signal.

If you select a specific channel, your Fiber devices will always use that channel. This means that if the radio frequency interference (RFI) in your environment changes over time, you could end up on a sub-optimal channel. That is why Google Fiber recommends that you keep the Automatic setting.

To set the channel manually:

  1. Next to Channels, select the channel you want for each frequency (or for the desired frequency) from the drop-down lists.

  2. Click Apply.

Legacy mode (WPA/WPA2)

Google Fiber set WPA2 encryption as the default for the Network Box, because this security protocol provides the highest level of security and privacy available on consumer devices today. If you have an older Wi-Fi client that requires WPA, you can use the legacy mode setting to support both WPA- and WPA2-compatible devices.

Legacy mode is unavailable in Wi-Fi settings if you have a Mini Network Box or Network Box GRFR100 or GFRG110.

To add enable legacy mode:

  1. Next to Legacy mode, click the switch to change it from OFF to ON.
  2. Click Apply.

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