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Help - Overview --> Confirm Settings Do you want to continue? Logout SBG6900-AC Help - Overview Home > Help There are two ways to connect a device to the network: wired and wireless . Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Wired Connections Wired connections using Ethernet (also called Cat-5 cables) are easy to install and provide the fastest data connections. However, devices need to be close to the SBG6900-AC or you need to have cables in place and the device cannot be easily moved around while you are using it. If you can use a wire to connect the device, Ethernet is your best option. To connect a device using an Ethernet cable, plug one end of the cable into the SBG6900-AC and the other end into the device you are connecting. That's it, you're done. No changes are needed in the SBG6900-AC and you probably will not need to make changes to the device. Wireless Connections Wireless connections (also called Wi-Fi or 802.11) are flexible and more than fast enough for most of the common uses of the network, especially when 802.11n is used. The most important thing to ensure is that wireless security in enabled. The placement of the SBG6900-AC is also important to have the best performance. The SBG6900-AC should be placed in as central a location within your home as possible. The easiest way to set up the wireless network is to use the quick start wizard on the home page. This page has all of the settings that you need to set up your SBG6900-AC. First, select a name for your network. You should choose a name that is easy to remember but is also unique. This name is how devices know which network to join. Second, select a passphrase that will be used to protect your wireless network from intruders and eavesdroppers. Again, this should be a unique phrase that is easy to remember but not easy for someone to guess. You now have the wireless network set up. Next you need to put the network passphrase into each of the devices that you wish to connect to the network. Once this is done, these devices can join the network whenever they are in range of the SBG6900-AC. Note that by default, your SBG6900-AC is set up to use the WPA2-PSK method for security. When used with a strong, unique passphrase, WPA2-PSK provides good security and we recommend you always leave your network security enabled. For network security tips, please visit StaySafeOnline.org . Additional Steps Now that your home network is up and running, you may want to make some adjustments to customize the network to better meet your needs. Games Many game consoles are able to connect to the Internet to allow users to compete against people around the corner and around the world. Many can automatically adjust the SBG6900-AC to allow these interactions by using UPnP. Your SBG6900-AC supports this and UPnP can be enabled on the Options page . Guest Network Tablets, laptops, and mobile phones are everywhere, and everyone is looking for a Wi-Fi hotspot to use to keep their data plan bill as low as possible. You may want to let your friends use your network when they visit, but you certainly don't want the whole world to join in. Your SBG6900-AC allows you to set up a special wireless network for visiting friends to use that is separate from your primary Wi-Fi network. This network can also use a passphrase that you give to your friends to use that will keep people you don't know from using your network. This is set up on the Guest Network page . Internet Servers In Your Home The SBG6900-AC helps to protect all of the attached devices from outside attacks by rejecting any attempts to connect to devices on your network. But sometimes you may not want that protection, such as when you have a server in your home that supports devices outside your network. If you want to do this, you can put that server in the DMZ. This will allow any outside device to connect to the server using any protocol. This is set up by putting the server's local IP address into the DMZ Host page . But this solution opens up the potential of attacks on this server. To limit these attacks, you can forward only those protocols the server supports by using the Port Forwarding page to adjust settings. Channel Selection There are many things that can affect the performance of your Wi-Fi network. A lot of these can be mitigated by changing the channel on the Wireless Radio page . If it is set to automatically select the channel, the SBG6900-AC will see which channels are being used and try to do this for you. Because there are devices other than Wi-Fi clients that use the 2.4 GHz band, such as baby monitors and cordless phones, the auto-selected channel may not always be the best channel and you may want to choose a channel. When trying different channels on the 2.4 GHz band, channels 1, 6, or 11 are recommended.When trying different channels on the 5 GHz band, any of the channels are recommended. ©2015 ARRIS Group, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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