Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi R201 Advanced Configuration Guide Download

This Advanced Configuration Guide outlines the steps necessary to install and configure your Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi and how to use the browser interface.

The Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi allows you to share a secure Mobile Broadband internet connection using Wi-Fi. You can connect most Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi (for example PCs, mobile gaming devices, digital music players) to share a secure mobile internet connection.

The Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi can be positioned for best mobile coverage, and then shares this coverage between devices via Wi-Fi. The R201 should not be used in a confined space where air flow is limited, for instance inside a jacket pocket or inside a hand bag etc. You will get better Wi-Fi performance when the device is being charged compared to when it is running from the battery.

Download Vodafone R201 Mobile WiFi Guide (PDF)

To use the Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi you need a device with Wi-Fi capability (supporting Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and an internet browser.

The status display screen on the front of the device displays information about the state of the Mobile Broadband connection, the network you are connected to, if an action is required from the user, the status of the devices Wi-Fi connectivity, and the battery charge.

Display power saving : the built-in power saving function means the information is displayed for 20 seconds, then the display powers off. The Power / Connectivity LED will flash every few seconds to show the device is switched on. In order to illuminate the display, press the WPS / Display button, and the status information will display for another 20 seconds.

Display information

Power: On (Intermittent flash) / Off (unlit)

Mobile Broadband Operator : The mobile broadband network that the device is connected to is displayed. Error or action required messages may also be displayed here. Examples of error messages are “No SIM”, “SIM invalid”, “Input PIN”, “Input PUK”. WPS action messages could be a flashing key icon (Press WPS key) or a WPS PIN number to be entered onto your PC.

3G Connectivity / SMS information: Shows the type of network connection (HSPA, 3G, GPRS/EDGE), and if there is an unread SMS waiting it will alternate with a message icon

The guide contains information such as

  • 1. Getting Started – Initial Connection and Security Settings 4
  • 1.1 Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi Overview 5
  • 1.1.1 System Requirements5
  • 1.1.2 Device overview5
  • 1.1.3 Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi status display .6
  • 1.1.4 Power saving and battery charging states 8
  • 1.1.5 Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi software updating and reporting capabilities, End User Licence Agreement8
  • 1.2 Device Set-up & Initial Connection .9
  • 1.2.1 Device Set-up.9
  • 1.2.2 Initial Connection 10
  • 1.3 The Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi browser login screen. 12
  • 1.4 Initial Security Configuration 13
  • 1.4.1 Login to the Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi . 13
  • 1.4.2 Change the admin password 14
  • 1.4.3 Establish a Secure Profile and set up WPS if required 15
  • 1.4.4 WPS Configuration 17
  • 2. Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi Browser Interface – Advanced Settings . 19
  • 2.1 Overview. 20
  • 2.1.1 Access the Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi Home Page from your web browser. 20
  • 2.1.2 Login to the Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi to access the management menus. 20
  • 2.2 Service Status. 21
  • 2.3 Configuring Applications Internet Access . 22
  • 2.4 Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi Settings. 23
  • 2.4.1 Home Network Addresses . 23
  • 2.4.2 NAT (Network Translation) settings 24
  • 2.4.3 DMZ Configuration . 25
  • 2.5 Wi-Fi Settings 26
  • 2.5.1 General Wi-Fi settings and WPS (Wireless Protected Setup) 27
  • 2.5.2 SSID parameters and MAC filtering 28
  • 2.6 Mobile Broadband Settings. 29
  • 2.6.1 SIM PIN Management & Mobile Broadband Connection Settings. 30
  • 2.6.2 Wireless Network Selection 30
  • 2.7 Systems Administration . 31
  • 2.7.1 Password settings . 31
  • 2.7.2 Configuration settings backup and restore, Factory Default Reset 32
  • 2.8 File Sharing 33
  • 2.8.1 File sharing using HTTP (recommended). 33
  • 2.8.2 File sharing using Mapped Network Drive (Samba) 35
  • 2.8.3 File Serving using DLNA 40
  • 2.9 SMS. 43
  • 3. Troubleshooting. 44
  • 3.1 Overview. 45
  • 3.2 The Diagnostics Screen 46
  • 3.2.1 Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi Information 48
  • 3.2.2 Mobile Broadband Connection Status 48
  • 3.2.3 Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi Configuration 48
  • 3.2.4 Interfaces . 49
  • 3.3 Common Problems and Solutions . 50
  • 3.3 Using the Factory Reset Button.

4. Glossary

  • 802.11 (b, g, n) — A set of Wi-Fi communication standards in the 2.4, 3.6 and 5 GHz frequency bands.
  • Access Point — A device that allows wireless communication devices to connect to a wireless network using a standard such as Wi-Fi.
  • DHCP — Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. A network application protocol used to obtain configuration information for an Internet Protocol network.
  • DHCP Server — A server that uses DHCP to obtain configuration information for operation in an Internet Protocol network.
  • DNS — Domain Name System. A system for converting host names and domain names into IP addresses on the Internet or on local networks that use the TCP/IP protocol.
  • Firmware — A program that internally controls an electronic device.
  • Gateway — A network point that acts as an entrance to another network that uses a different protocol.
  • Host Name — The unique name by which a network-attached device is known on a network.
  • HTTP — Hypertext Transfer Protocol. An application-level protocol for accessing the World Wide Web over the Internet.
  • IP Type — The type of service provided over a network.
  • IP address — Internet Protocol address. The address of a device attached to an IP network (TCP/IP network).
  • LAN — Local Area Network. A type of network that lets a group of computers, all in close proximity (such as inside an office building), communicate with one another.
  • MAC Address — A unique number that identifies a given network adapter on a LAN. MAC addresses +are 12-digit hexadecimal numbers.
  • Network Mask — A number that allows IP networks to be subdivided for security and performance.
  • Port — A virtual data connection used by programs to exchange data.
  • Port Number — A number assigned to a user session and server application in an IP network.
  • Router — A device that connects two networks.
  • SSID — Service Set Identifier. The name assigned to a Wi-Fi network.
  • TCP — Transmission Control Protocol. A core protocol for transmitting and receiving information over the Internet.
  • TCP/IP — Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. A communications protocol that enables computers to communicate over the internet.
  • VPN — Virtual Private Network. A secure private network that runs over the public Internet.
  • WAN — Wide Area Network. A public network that extends across metropolitan, regional and political boundaries.
  • WEP — Wired Equivalent Privacy. An IEEE standard security protocol for 802.11 networks. Superseded by WPA and WPA2.
  • Wi-Fi Client — A wireless device that connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Wi-Fi—Wireless Local Area Network. A typically low-power network that transmits a wireless signal over a span of a few hundred feet and usually only to stationary devices.
  • WPA/WPA2 —Wi-Fi Protected Access. A security protocol for wireless 802.11 networks from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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