Rename Your WiFi Network for Home Hotspot

     
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If you’ve been sent a new router, plugging it into your WiFi Hotspot Kit will result in two different WiFi networks: the WiFi network from your new router and that of your WiFi Hotspot. To simplify things, you can change the WiFi details of your WiFi Home Hotspot to match those of your new router. There are two ways of doing this:

1) Logging in to the device management portal

1) Logging in to the device management portal

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    Make a note of the current Wireless Network Name and password for your new router. This can normally be found on the sticker on the back of the Bright Box routers or on the pull out card on the EE Smart Hub

  2. 2

    Making sure you are connected to your hotspot’s WiFi, go to http://mybtdevice.home

  3. 3

    Log in using your admin password (the default password can be found on the sticker located on the back of the plug)

  4. 4

    You'll be given the option to change the Wireless Network Name and password. Change this to the same as the one on your new router

  5. 5

    Once saved, you should have a single WiFi network for your household

Handy hint

Use the name without the 5Ghz prefix for your Wireless Network Name

2) Using WPS cloning

2) Using WPS cloning

If your new router supports WPS, the WiFi Home Hotspot will be able to clone your router’s name (SSID) and wireless key. Most new routers are WPS-compatible, but you’ll probably have to enable this functionality. Read our guides on how to enable it on the Bright Box 1 and Bright Box 2. If you have an EE Smart Hub, just click the WPS button found on the back of the hub.

With WPS enabled, follow the below steps to complete the cloning process:
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    Plug the hotspot into a power socket near your router (ideally in the same room) and wait until the Wireless light is steady green
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    Press the WPS button on your router

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    Press and hold the WPS/Link button on the hotspot for at least 15 seconds, until the Wireless light flashes orange and green

  4. 4

    Wait until the Wireless light reverts to steady green. Now plug the hotspot back in where you want to extend coverage and wait for it to restart

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    When within range, your WiFi device will automatically connect to the hotspot

Handy hint

The easiest way to know if you're connected to your hub/router or to the extender is to compare the signal strength on your device with the extender switched on and off. If you ever want to make sure you’re connected to the strongest signal, turn WiFi off and back on. Be aware that when moving around the house your device may not always switch automatically between your router and your hotspot, so consider that when going from room to room.

 
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Last updated: 27/4/2018
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