SpeedTouch 585 DSL modems are capable of serving as a base station for wireless connections to WiFi-equipped computers.
The wireless capability can be turned off (disabled) by configuring the modem. If off, the WLAN light is unlit.
If enabled, the modem will support wireless connections based on how it has been configured. The main configuration consideration is which security mode to use. NCF recommends using the highest security mode that your computers can support; generally, this means WPA-PSK.
The configured security mode is indicated by the colour of the WLAN light on your modem:
- Green means wireless is enabled and the modem has been configured for WPA-PSK.
- Amber means wireless is enabled and the modem has been configured for WEP.
- Red means wireless is enabled and the modem has unencrypted wireless.
For information about configuring the modem and your computer for wireless, please consult the manual for your modem.
DSL modems with wireless capability configured by NCF are configured with wireless enabled in the highest security mode (WPA-PSK, verions WPA2), with the default password, which is printed on the label on the bottom of the modem and on the cover of the Set-up disk with your modem.
Most problems with wireless have to do with interference from other wireless or electronic devices, or signal strength problems (eg., due to obstructions or distance).
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