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How to enable/disable wireless on your Actiontec 704 or 724 DSL gateway Topic ID: 2188 print

To enable/disable wireless on your Actiontec 704 or 724
DSL gateway, please click on the picture that matches
your modem.

If you do not see your modem below and would like a wireless
capable modem please call 1-888-CALL-TDS (1-888-225-5837)

704 724

Wireless capability is built right into the Actiontec 704 and 724 gateways.
Each computer that you want to connect using the wireless feature must
have its own wireless Network Interface Card (NIC) installed.

You may contact your Telecom office at 1-888-CALL-TDS to purchase a
wireless NIC if you do not have one.


Instructions for an Actiontec 704 DSL Gateway:

If you have an Actiontec 704 the modem the wireless feature will need to
be enabled and configured on the modem.

NOTE : these instructions are for the most recent Actiontec 704 firmware.
If you cannot see "Wireless Setup" at step 4 or would to find out more
about the firmware update; please visit www.tds.net/704firmware.

To enable Wireless on your Actiontec 704:

  1. Connect your computer directly to the modem using an Ethernet
    cable.
  2. Open your Web Browser (example: Internet Explorer).
  3. Type http://192.168.0.1 in the address or location text box and
    press Enter.
  4. Click Setup/Configuration.
  5. Click Wireless Setup.
  6. Turn wireless on
  7. Change the ESSID to something denoting your household, such as
    your first or last name.
  8. Channel assigns the frequency band at which the Gateway
    communicates. You need to change this only if there are several
    wireless gateways near your home and you encounter problems
    accessing your gateway.
  9. For Security, TDS recommends WPA. However, WPA is not
    supported by all wireless network interface cards. Consult your
    wireless NIC manual to see if WPA is supported. If not, we
    recommend you upgrade your card for the best security.
    Alternately, you can use WEP security which is not as secure.
    Note: TDS is not responsible for the security of your wireless
    network.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Choose PSK String (Pre-Shared Key) and enter at least 20
    alphanumeric (letters and/or numbers) characters. The minimum
    number you can enter is 8 and the maximum 63. Choosing a key
    at least 20 characters long will provide an adequate level of
    security. You will need to remember your Key to configure
    additional wireless devices on your network (such as Network
    Interface Cards). If the Keys of your devices do not match, they
    will not be able to communicate. Refer to your wireless NIC
    software to configure WPA.
  12. Click Next.
  13. Click Save and Restart. You must save and restart your Gateway
    for the changes to take effect.
  14. Once the modem has finished restarting, the Wireless light should
    be solid green. Your Actiontec modem has now been configured to
    broadcast a wireless signal. You will need to configure each of your
    computers' wireless network interface cards by consulting your NIC
    manufacturer's manual.

To disable wireless on an Actiontec 704:

  1. Open your Web Browser (example: Internet Explorer).
  2. Type http://192.168.0.1 in the address or location text box and
    press Enter.
  3. Click Setup/Configuration.
  4. Click Wireless Setup.
  5. Turn wireless Off
  6. Click next at the bottom of the page
  7. Click save and restart from the menu on the left.

Instructions for an Actiontec 724 DSL Gateway:

If you have an Actiontec 724 you will not need to enable the wireless
features of the modem. The wireless features will already be on, and
WPA security will be enabled.

The network name (SSID) and WPA-PSK (I.E. the wireless key /
password) required to access your secured connection are printed
on a sticker on the bottom of your modem.

You may still need to configure each of your computers' wireless NICs
(network interface cards) by consulting your NIC manufacturer's manual.

In some cases you may need to modify the wireless settings on the
modem itself. For example, some older wireless network devices do not
support WPA security. If you need to change your settings, you can follow
these steps:

  1. Connect your computer to the modem directly with an Ethernet cable.
  2. Open your Web Browser (example: Internet Explorer)
  3. Type http://192.168.0.1 in the address or location text box and
    press Enter.
  4. Click the Wireless Settings icon from the menu at the top.
  5. From here you can make any necessary changes, or click the
    Advanced Settings link to change advanced options such as the
    security type.

To disable wireless for the 724 modem:

  1. Open your Web Browser (example: Internet Explorer).
  2. Type http://192.168.0.1 in the address or location text box and
    press Enter.
  3. Select the Wireless Settings icon from the menu at the top.
  4. Set Wireless to Off.
  5. Click Save at the bottom of the page.

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