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NCOS: How to Setup Wireless (WiFi) Security

Products Supported: Series 3. Click here to identify your router.

NCOS Version: 6.0.x and newer - for information on upgrading NCOS Versions, click here.

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This article explains how to setup Wireless (WiFi) security on a WiFi enabled Series 3 Cradlepoint router. This includes changing the default password, wireless security mode, and the name of your wifi network.


Configuration Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Step 1: Log into the router's NCOS Page. For help with logging in please click here.
  • Step 2: Click on the Networking tab in the navigation panel, then select Local Networks.

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  • Step 3: Select the WiFi Radio for which you'd like to modify settings. By default, Cradlepoint routers broadcast on the 2.4GHz radio.

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  • Step 4: In the list of Wireless Access Points/SSIDs, select the one you'd like to modify by placing a check next to it, then click Edit.

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  • Step 5: Change the network SSID (WiFi name).

  • Step 6: (Optional) If you have older wireless devices, they may not be able to connect to the Cradlepoint with its default security level. In this case, you will need to adjust the Security Mode to WPA/WPA2 Personal or WEP Auto, and set the WPA Cipher to TKIP/AES.

    • Note: This change is NOT recommended if your devices support the modern encryption types.
  • Step 7: Set the WPA Password (password used to connect to this network wirelessly).

    • Note: The password must be at least 8 characters long.
    • Note: If you're not certain whether you've typed the new password correctly, press the Unmask Password button to verify.
  • Step 8: Press the Save button.

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  • Step 9: Click OK to proceed.

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  • Step 10: You may see a message that the network connection to the router has been interrupted.

    • If you are hardwired to the router, wait a few moments and refresh the page.
    • If you are connected to the router wirelessly, you will need to reconnect to the wifi network. (Note: If your operating system has previously saved settings for this wireless network, you may need to delete them before you are able to reconnect. Instructions on doing so can be found here.)

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Published Date:  07/13/2017

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