Relevant Wireless Terms

Client Wireless Adapter (on PC, Mac, SmartPhone, etc.) – Must support the speeds, frequencies, and security/encryption standards that are configured on the Advanced Wireless Gateway (AWG). 

Primary Network (SSID) – Normally broadcast by the AWG for wireless clients to view and connect.  The default value is based on the model number plus the last 2 characters of the cable modem’s MAC address (with letters in upper case).  Example:  DDW3658C

Encryption and Security – Recommend using WPA2-PSK with AES. Newer adapters support WPA2-PSK with AES. If you have an older adapter, user WPA-PSK with TKIP+AES setting. WEP can also be configured, but it is not recommended, since it is unsecure, and speeds tend to be much lower.

Pre-Shared Key (PSK) – Sometimes called the wireless key or wireless password that is entered/stored on the AWG and then compared when the wireless client tries to connect.  The default value is based the model number plus the last 6 characters of the cable modem’s MAC address (with letters in upper case).  Example:  DDW3654B488C

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) – Alternate method for connecting wireless clients to the wireless gateway. Uses either a push button control or PIN method.

802.11 Wireless Frequency Band – Recommend 2.4GHz since most adapters, including 802.11b/g/n, support 2.4GHz channels. Some newer 802.11n adapters support 2.4GHz or 5GHz. Several channels are in each band. Choose a channel manually, or use AUTO Channel Selection to select for you. Clients reconnect to the Primary Network SSID automatically upon channel change.

Receive Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) – Indicates signal strength as seen by the receiver. The Ubee Wireless Gateway displays RSSI for each wireless client device attached to the Primary Network SSID.

Wireless Client Connection – (from your PC/Mac/SmartPhone/etc.) View/Join/Connect to the AWG Primary Network SSID that is being broadcast. Enter the Pre-Shared Key from above. You will connect and then begin the DHCP IP request/offer process.