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Basic Wi-Fi settings

This article is for users of Turris Omnia only

Basic Wi-Fi settings can be done in the Foris user interface. If you want to set up Guest Wi-Fi, see our manual on how to do that under Guest Wi-Fi.

The Turris Omnia router has two Wi-Fi cards. One of them is for Wi-Fi networks in the 2.4GHz bandwidth and the second can send out 2.4GHz as well as 5GHz bandwidth, it is however recommended to mainly use it for 5GHz. If you use both cards for 2.4GHz, it will cause interference, because they share antennas. So, in case you want to use the switchable dual band card for 2.4GHz, you will need to connect it to the right point on the diplexer. We however don‘t recommend this hack for everyday use.

 Enable Wi-Fi

Enable one of the Wi-Fi cards to open its specific settings. The picture below shows the settings for the 5GHz card. You can tell, which card you are doing the settings for, simply from the Wi-Fi mode item – the 2.4GHz only card doesn‘t have this option.

 Settings for the first Wi-Fi network

  • Network name (SSID) choose a name you would like your network to be seen under from the outside. Try to avoid names with diacritics, because these aren‘t supported by all devices.
  • Hide SSID: choose this option, if you don‘t want the network to be seen from the outside. This will make connecting to it possible only with prior knowledge of the network name.
  • Wi-Fi mode can only be selected for the Wi-Fi card, which can transmit 5GHz as well as 2.4GHz. In that case we recommend to leave the setting to 5GHz.
  • 802.11n/ac mode lets you set a faster Wi-Fi. In the 2.4GHz bandwidth, you can use the ‘‘n‘‘ mode. In the 5GHz bandwidth, you can even use ‘‘ac‘‘, which is more suitable than ‘‘n‘‘.
    Next, you can select a suitable channel width. If you are doing settings for the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, try the 802.11n - 40MHz wide channel. If you are doing settings for the 5GHz Wi-Fi, try the 802.11ac - 80MHz wide channel.
  • Network channel should be selected so that it doesn‘t conflict with the others in your area. To find out which channels are occupied in your area, you can for example download a smartphone app. Then set your router to the least used channel.
  • Network password, the password, which you are going to use to connect to your network, should be filled out according to the usual recommendations for password selection.

If you enable the second card, you can also set it up. However, you can also just enable one of the cards. Don‘t forget to save your settings.

Setting up both networks

Troubleshooting

If the Wi-Fi speed doesn‘t reach expected results, try to check, if the pigtails to the Wi-Fi cards are connected correctly. The following picture shows how the components were originally connected from the factory.

 Factory setup

It is necessary to pay special attention to how the pigtails are connected to the diplexers. The blue connector has to be linked up to the small 2.4GHz card, the connector that is circled red should be linked up to the bigger 5GHz card.

 Diplexer schema