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Configure Dual Band WiFi on capable Cradlepoint Routers

Products Supported: AER3100, AER2100, and IBR1100. Click here to identify your router.

Firmware Version: 5.4.1 - for information on upgrading firmware, click here.

Firmware version 6.0 has been released and introduces a vastly improved GUI for all current Series 3 routers.  Cradlepoint has created new Knowledge Base articles with updated screen shots and instructions for the new GUI layout.  As a result, this article has received its final update.  To view the version of this Knowledge Base article for Firmware 6.0 and Later please click here.


Summary

Configuration


 

Summary

This article will show how to enable both the 2.4 and the 5.0 frequency band WiFi, edit their SSID's and Passwords, and adding them to each their own LAN.

Note: Dual Band WiFi products include Band Steering. If a client is attached to the 2.4GHz radio on the 2100 and it is capable of using the 5.0GHz radio, it will be steered to the generally more open and higher-performing band. Band-steering is enabled whenever the SSID of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios are the same. Note that band steering may negatively impact connectivity in some situations, especially at long range. If you see performance or connectivity issues it is recommended that you disable band-steering by setting the 2.4GHz SSID and 5 GHz SSID to different values.


 

Configuration

Configuration Difficulty: Beginner
  • Step 1: Log into the router's Setup Page. For help with logging in please click here.
  • Step 2: Click on Network Settings and select WiFi / Local Networks from the drop-down menu.
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  • Step 3: Under the Local Network Interfaces section click the tab of the WiFi Radio you would like to turn on.
  • Step 4: Click Enable to enable the radio.
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  • Step 5: Select the WiFi Name (SSID) you want to alter.
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  • Step 6: Configure the SSID and Security.
  • Step 7: Click Submit.
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  • Step 8: After configuring your SSID, if it is not attached to a Network, you will need to do so before it will be functional. You can attach the SSID to an existing Network, or you can create a new Network (instructions here) and then attach the SSID to it. Place a Check next to the Network that you would like to attach the SSID to, and click Edit.
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  • Step 9: Select the Interfaces tab in the left hand column.
  • Step 10: Select your SSID from the list of Available interfaces.
  • Step 11: Click the plus (+) to move the SSID to Selected.
  • Step 12: Click Submit
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Published Date: 8/4/2015

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