How to set up a public WiFi network

You can set up a public WiFi network for your customers. You need to have a private network set up before you can set up the public network.

5. If given the choice, select "2.4 GHz" or "5 GHz" in the left sidebar. Some models do not offer this option. Read more about the how to choose between 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency, and learn which modems have this capability.

choose GHz

6.  Select "SSID Setup" from the menu on the left sidebar.

Select SSID setup

7.  Your primary network should appear at the top of the SSID dropdown list. Choose "SSID2" to set up a second network. (You can repeat this process with SSID3 and SSID4, if needed.)

choose SSID2 from drop-down menu

8. Select "Enable SSID" to activate the network. For some models you may see an option to "Broadcast" the network, which allows the network to be seen by users within range.

choose Enable SSID from menu

9. Enter a name for your public network. We recommend including "public" or "guest" to make it easy for your customers to find.

enter name for public network

10. Select "Apply" to save your changes. The second network has now been created and enabled.

select Apply

11.  Next you will need to change some of the security settings. Choose "Wireless Security" in the left sidebar.

select Wireless Security

12.  Select the name of the new SSID that you just created.

select name of SSID you created

13.  Select the desired security type. Sometimes choosing WEP (when available) will allow older devices to connect successfully, but generally you will want to choose WPA2 for the strongest security.

select desired security type

14.  Create a customized key that will be easy to remember and to share with customers.

create a customized key

15.  Select "Apply" to save your changes again. Now your new network should be live.

You might want to test the network by connecting a device to it.

select Apply

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