From the new Fonera's web interface, you'll be able to change all sorts of settings and perform system maintenance tasks such as rebooting and restoring factory defaults. You can access your Fonera’s web interface via WiFi or Cable:
- WiFi: use a computer or a mobile device to connect to its private WiFi signal
- Cable: connect an Ethernet from the computer port of the Fonera to your computer
Then type http://fonera or http://192.168.10.1* into your web browser’s address bar and log in with its password, the default is admin.
Configuration information is the reason why the page is called "Overview". On this page you can see at first glance very relevant configuration information, such as internet connection and network set-up, name of the private WiFi signal, channel and firmware version.
If you ever see an icon prompting you to register your Fonera, please just disregard it or click on it. If your Fonera hasn't been registered yet, go to register.fon.com to make the registration. If your Fonera has already been registered, just ignore that message as it only means that the option to register is always available, at least until you click on it.
From the network settings page you can configure the Fonera's private network, which consists of all devices connected to its private WiFi signal or LAN Ethernet port. Warning: We do not recommend changing the network configutation unless you know what you are doing.
IP is the IP address of the Fonera in its own local network. This is the IP used to access the Fonera's web interface (whether you type the IP address directly or http://fonera) as a result, if you change the IP, you will get disconnected and will need to access again the Web interface on the new IP. Important Note: The Fonera's (LAN) IP address and its WAN IP address must be in different subnets.
Subnet is a logically visible subdivision of its IP network specified in the form of a subnet mask. The default is 255.255.255.0 which is the network mask for the 192.168.10.0/24 prefix.
DHCP is the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server on the Fonera. Use this setting to switch it ON and OFF. The DHCP server assigns IP addresses to devices connected to the Fonera's local network. Disabling it will result on devices connecting to the Fonera's LAN and private WiFi signal not acquiring an IP address automatically.
From the internet settings page you can configure the way the Fonera connects to the internet. To set up a new internet connection (the defaults are Cable and DHCP), you'll need to select a mode and a protocol.
Mode is the physical medium through which the Fonera will connect to the internet. Select "Cable" to use its orange Ethernet cable (supplied) or "WiFi" to use an existing WiFi network and extend your WiFi coverage.
* Note: If you choose to extend the private WiFi signal of a Fonera, you'll need to change the IP of that Fonera first. You can do that from the "Network" menu on its web interface. When you change the IP, choose one that is on different network i.e. 192.168.11.1 to prevent an IP conflict and ensure that both Foneras (the one connected directly to your ISP's modem and the one connected to that first Fonera) connect to the Internet without a problem.
** Note: To extend a hidden SSID, choose "Custom" from the list of available SSIDs (the "Custom" option is available at the end of the list). Then manually enter the name (SSID), password and protocol of the hidden SSID you wish to extend.
Protocol is the way the Fonera will be assigned an IP address. Select "DHCP" for the Fonera to acquire an IP address automatically from your ISP's modem or local DHCP server, select "Static" to configure an IP address manually or "PPPoE" if you need to establish a session with your ISP to connect to the internet.
From the WiFi settings page you can configure the Fonera's private WiFi signal, but please note that modifying Mode, Channel, TX Power and 11N Mode will affect both the public and private WiFi signals of your Fonera.
SSID is the name of the private WiFi signal that your Fonera is broadcasting. The default SSID is MyPlace_XXXXX", but you can change it to a more convenient name such as MikeFonera.
Encryption is the type of security used to cipher the data exchanged between your devices and the Fonera when the private wireless signal is used. The default is WPA2, and it is the most secured option. Only change those settings if you have a device which doesn't support WPA2 and you want to connect it to the Internet through the Fonera private signal. Other available modes are WPA and WPA/WPA2 - which allow devices to connect to both WPA2 and WPA mode. We do not recomment using WEP mode as it is not as secure.
Passphrase is the password you have to use to connect to your private wireless signal. The default passphrase is written in very small print on the sticker under the Fonera.
Mode is the WiFi protocol that will be used to connect. The default mode is N/G/B mixed which allows WiFi devices using 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n protocols to connect. Modifying this setting may affect compatibility with devices and therefore we strongly suggest that you use its default unless for instance ALL your WiFi devices support 802.11n and you would like to use "N only" for maximum speed and compatibility.
Channel is the WiFi channel that the Fonera uses to broadcast its WiFi signals (public and private). Channel related interference can be reduced or eliminated by selecting the proper WiFi channel for your network. In automatic mode your Fonera will try its best to avoid overlapping channel interference. However, in environments where several WiFi signals are available, choosing the best* channel can boost WiFi perfomance and prevent connection related issues. We recommend channels 1, 6 and 11.
TX Power is the strength of the WiFi signal that the Fonera produces. A stronger signal will generally provide a more reliable WiFi connection and therefore the default value is 100%. A lower power setting means the signal will not go as far, decreasing its range and throughput. We suggest keping TX Power at 100% and adjust it only if you have a good reason to change it.
11N Mode is the WiFi channel width, which can be 20MHz (HT20) or 40MHz (HT40). The default is HT20 which ensures a stable signal. We do not recommend changing to HT20/HT40 mode as some 802.11n devices and Operative Systems don't support HT40.
WPS is a network security standard (WiFi Protected Setup) that allow users to easily secure a WiFi home network. This setting allows you to enable/disable WPS. When enabled, the Fonera's WPS button is used to produce a pin, you then can use this instead of the passphrase to connect to its private WiFi signal. The default is Button, which means that WPS is enabled and can by triggered by tap pressing the Fonera's black back button.
Country is associated to dot11d's world-mode. We recommend configuring a country code. The IEEE 802.11h protocol requires access points to include the country information element in beacons and probe responses. By default, however, the country code is blank. Use the drop-down menu to select the appropriate country.
From the firewall settings page you can configure port forwarding by adding NAT mapping rules. Port forwarding provides external access to services running on the Fonera's private network (devices connected to its privat WiFi signal or LAN port). Forwarding of ports is seldom if ever required to allow clients of online PC game to function properly. However, some online games or applications might require port forwarding to allow communications from the Internet.
Note: If the Fonera is connected to the internet via a router (as opposed to a modem) you'll first have to forward the desired traffic/port to the Fonera's IP (WAN) and then forward it from the Fonera to your computer.
Dest IP is the IP of the computer/device running the software that requires port redirection.
Source Port is the external port (number).
Dest Port is the internal port (number). Normally, you would use the same port number as destination and source.
Protocol is the type of traffic that will be forward: TCP, UDP or TCP+UDP.
For example, if you want to run your own web server on your LAN, this would need to get requests on port 80 (the default port number for HTTP traffic). If the PC running your web server on your LAN had an address of say 192.168.10.2, you would configure the Fonera to forward any (TCP/UDP) traffic from the WAN to its WAN address with a destination port of 80 to the PC at 192.168.10.2. When your web server replies to the request, it is sent through the Fonera back to the WAN address of the original requester.
From the password page you can change the password to access the Fonera's web interface. The default password is admin. To keep it safe, we highly recommend you create a unique password. The maximum length for a password is 63 chars.
From the language page you can change the language in which the Fonera's web interface is displayed. The default language is English.