Table of Contents
- Table of Contents
- Products Covered
- What is Wifi-as-WAN
- How to Enable Wifi-as-WAN
- Wifi Networks That Require a Splash Page
- Video Summary
- Requesting Assistance
- Pepwave MAX BR1 series (Max BR1 MINI requires a separate license to enable this feature, message us for details)
- Pepwave MAX Transit
In this article, we are going to review how to connect to an external WiFi source using the WiFi-as-WAN feature in select Pepwave Mobile Routers. This is when you want to use home, campground, marina wifi or another public WiFi as a source of internet (WAN Source) within your Pepwave router.
What is Wifi-as-WAN
Wifi-as-WAN is a term that means you are using a wifi source as your WAN or "Internet" connection source. You can use Pepwave mobile routers that support this feature to connect to these wifi sources to get out to the internet. The benefit of using your Pepwave to connect to the public wifi, instead of connecting your individual devices to public WiFi is that you only need to connect the Pepwave once to wifi and not change each of your devices' connection settings each time you move. The other benefits include ensuring your devices remain behind your Pepwave's firewall for added internet security. Lastly, many campground charger "per device" for wifi. Since your Pepwave is a single device you can register it as your device and it will then manage how all of your other devices connect through the Pepwave's single WiFi license from the campground.
Note that not all WiFi networks are compatible. The WiFi as WAN functionality can sometimes have compatibility issues if the Pepwave and remote network share the same IP address or if there is a WiFi technology compatibility issue.
Instructional Video (additional details below video)
How to Enable Wifi-as-WAN
Step 2: If disabled, drag the the Wifi-as-WAN bar into any priority.
Step 3: Click 'Wireless Networks' on the right (it might take a few mins while the unit scans for nearby sources)
Step 4: Select off the list the Wifi Network you would like to connect too.
Step 5: If a password is needed enter it next to Shared Key. If no password is required it will say 'Open'. Next hit Save.
Note Wifi Passwords are CASE SENSITIVE. Be Extremely careful typing the password to avoid issues as the Pepwave will not prompt you if the password is incorrect and you will then need to delete the saved password which is outlined below in a separate step.
Step 6: The screen will refresh to the list of networks. Give the unit a min as it connects to the new network.
Step 7: Change the Priority of the network to Priority 1 if you would like it to be in use, or keep in in a lower priority for failover.
Some public wifi networks have 2.4ghz WiFi and/or 5ghz WiFi. The 5ghz may offer more speed, but they dont work as well over distance. Most campgrounds may just offer a 2.4ghz option as it has better distance and should be tried first generally. You can connect both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz at the same time following these instructions but you must connect each WiFi-as-Wan frequency separately using the WAN Priority Sliders shown above.