If you have O2 broadband services, you probably also have an O2 wireless router or a wireless box. A wireless router allows you to connect a cable from your internet connection to the router. The router then broadcasts an internet signal within its range, usually covering most of your home. This means that you can connect your computer to the internet without having to plug in a cable, and that you can move around your house and still get an internet signal. It also means that you can connect more than one device to the same internet connection. A wireless router does have settings that you can alter, though it is pre-prepared for good security. But if you need to change settings in your O2 wireless router, then here's how you can do it.

Accessing Your Wireless Router Settings...

Go to your internet browser and type o2.wirelessbox.lan into the address bar and press enter. When the page opens, click on Home Network on the menu on the left hand side of the page. Then click on WLAN: O2 Wireless. There is a box that is labelled Interface Enabled. The check mark in this box means that the router is on and working, if you untick the box your router will stop broadcasting a wireless signal. Any changes you make will need to be saved by clicking on Apply at the bottom of the page.

What Kinds of Settings Can I Change?

The majority of the settings are highly technical, and really shouldn't be altered at all. However, there are some settings that you can and may want to change. The first is Network Name (SSID). This is the name of your wireless network, and you can change it to anything that you want, it will in no way effect the functionality of your router. Interface Type is the kind of connection that you have, and there are two choices 802.11g and 802.11b. In general g is faster than b, but depending on where you are some people get faster speeds for a shorter range by using b. You can click between the two and see how your speeds change. Actual Speed will show the speed of the connection between your wireless router and your computer (this is not the same as your internet speed, which is the speed of your connection to O2's network). Channel Selection will let you change which channels your router is using to send data. You can change the channel to see if you get faster speeds and less interference until you find the  best channel for your location.

Security Changes...

You can also change things to make your network more secure. Broadcast Network Name will allow you to hide the name of your network when other people are searching for a wireless connection, making you invisible. Allow New Devices will allow or not allow new computers to attach to your network. Encryption is the password that people use to connect to your network. You can change it to whatever you like. Encryption is set to WEP standard, but you can change it to WPA-PSK if you want to, which is a longer password and therefore more secure. However, WPA-PSK passwords won't work with all devices, so you might not want to do this if you have any older equipment connected to your network.