2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network

The first time you turn it on, your Keenetic router deploys the most secure wireless Wi-Fi network for laptops, smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices. For guest devices, the separate Wi-Fi network is provided which have only Internet access without access to the local network. The optimal operation channel is selected automatically based on periodic analysis of the radio environment. In most cases, you do not need to make any additional settings on the Wi-Fi access point. It is enough to know the username and password to connect to the wireless network (it indicated on the sticker, which is located on the bottom panel of the Keenetic case).

If necessary, you can configure the wireless network settings yourself. On the 'Home segment' page, you can change the wireless network name, password, and other settings in the '2.4 GHz Wireless Network' section. If you want your wireless network to work only during certain hours, set up a schedule for it.

To change the default network name and password, please refer to the article Changing Wi-Fi network name and password.

By default 'WPA2-PSK' parameter is set in the 'Network protection' field to guarantee the most protected wireless connection.

NOTE: Important! Using an open (unprotected) network is not secure.

In the 'Work schedule' field, you can specify hours for the wireless network to work. For more information about setting up a schedule, see the article Work schedule for network connections.

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To configure additional Wi-Fi network settings, click the 'Advanced settings' link.

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In 'General settings for 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi' use 'Country' line to manually choose the country in which you plan to use the router. Different countries allow different frequency bands and channel numbers. For example, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan allow wireless channels with numbers 1-13, while the United States allows 11 channels.

The 'Channel' field is set to 'Auto' by default. In this case, the router automatically selects the optimal working channel based on periodic analysis of the radio environment.

If necessary, you can manually set the channel number (from 1 to 13). If you manually select a channel, we recommend that you set the number of the free non-overlapping wireless channel (1, 6, or 11). Choose a channel that is as far away as possible from other people's wireless networks, to ensure the stable operation of the Wi-Fi network.

The 'Choosing the optimal channel' field is pre-set to 'At start' value, but you can select 'Every 6 hours', 'Every 12 hours', 'Every 24 hours' or 'Dynamic' when the optimal channel is selected once per hour if minimal traffic condition is met.

TIP: Note: In KN-1010, KN-1810 and KN-1910 routers, you can enable 256-QAM modulation on the wireless network configuration page.

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Due to the support of 256-QAM (TurboQAM) modulation in the 2.4 GHz band, the maximum connection speed could reach 400 Mbps (in the 802.11n standard).

For information on setting up a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network in dual-band Keenetics, see the article 5 GHz Wi-Fi network.

You can read about the advantages and disadvantages of each of the ranges in the article Differences in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wireless Network.

Starting with KeeneticOS 3.1, support for the new WPA3-PSK and OWE security algorithms for Wi-Fi was added for all Keenetic models. For more information, please see the article Latest Wi-Fi security: WPA3 and OWE setup.

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