Set up your Wi-Fi CellSpot Router

    Learn how to set up your Wi-Fi CellSpot™ Router.

     

    You can also download the Setup Guide.

     

     

    Setup video

     

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    Router placement

     

    ComponentDescription

    Modem

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    • Connects to your ISP (Comcast, Qwest, Verizon, etc.).
    • Brings high speed Internet into your home.
    • Cable modems have a coaxial cable. DSL modems have a telephone connection.
    • Requires computer to be connected directly to it and supports limited number of devices.

    Wi-Fi router

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    • Modem required.
    • Connects multiple computers/devices to modem above.
    • Takes wired signal from modem and converts it to wireless signal.
    • Wired devices can be connected directly to the modem.

    Modem/router combo unit

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    • Most commonly provided by ISPs.
    • Combines the features of modems and routers.
    • Router function can be disabled (known as bridging).
    • First in the order of connection.

    Home network with modem and router

    Home network with modem & router

    Home network with modem/router combo

    Home network with modem-router combo

     

     

    Router placement

    Place your wireless router in a centralized area to provide maximum wireless coverage.

     

    To prevent signal loss or interference, keep your router away from:

    • Devices using 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz, or devices that use Wi-Fi frequencies like Bluetooth devices and cordless phones
    • Appliances like microwave ovens or refrigerators
    • Direct sunlight or fluorescent lights
    • Industrial equipment like transformers or heavy-duty motors

     

     

    First-time setup

    1. If you already have a Wi-Fi router, unplug its Ethernet connection to your modem.
    2. Attach the three antennas to the top of your Wi-Fi CellSpot Router.
    3. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the modem.
    4. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the blue port on the back of the router.
    5. Unplug power to your modem for 10 seconds, and then plug it back in.
    6. Plug the power cord into your router.
    7. Wait about one minute until the blue indicator lights on router are solid. Once the blue lights are solid, your network is set up and the router is ready to use.

     

     

    Connect to the router from your phone

    1. On your phone, turn on Wi-Fi. For steps, check the how-to guides for your device on the Devices page.
    2. Select one of the T-Mobile Wi-Fi networks:
      • CellSpot_2.4GHz_(4-digit ID)
      • CellSpot_5GHz_(4-digit ID)
    3. Enter the password found on the white sticker on the back of your router.
    4. Update the network name and password on all of your existing computer components (computers, tablets, etc.).

     

     

    Add the router to an existing network

    You can replace your previous router with the Wi-Fi CellSpot Router by matching your CellSpot Wi-Fi network name and password to your former network.

     

    To add the router to an existing network:

    1. Make sure that you're connected to your Wi-Fi CellSpot Router.
    2. Enter http://cellspot.router in your phone’s web browser. The default username is admin and password is password.
      • From the General tab, select the CellSpot_5GHz_(4-digit  ID) and change it to your previous network name.
      • Update the WPA Pre-Shared Key to your previous network password.
      • Click Apply.

       

       

      Put a modem/router into bridge mode

      Bridging is the act of connecting two or more networks together to exchange information. Bridging a modem/router can help alleviate network conflicts.

       

      To bridge a modem/router combo, turn off the Wi-Fi on the modem/router. Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) if you need assistance.

      • Some ISPs require bridging before you can use your CellSpot Router. If you are unsure if your ISP requires or supports bridging, please contact them for assistance.
      • Some ISPs (e.g., Comcast) don't allow you to turn on bridge mode without contacting them first.

       

      Set up a cascading network with the router

      Follow these steps if you have a modem/router combo unit or don't want to change network names on your existing equipment.

       

      To set up a cascading network with the router:

      1. If you have a Wi-Fi router, unplug its Ethernet connection to your modem.
      2. Attach the three antennas to the top of your Wi-Fi CellSpot Router.
      3. Plug one end of the blue Ethernet cable into the modem.
      4. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the blue port on the back of the Wi-Fi CellSpot Router.
      5. Plug in the power cord to your Wi-Fi CellSpot Router.
      6. Wait about one minute until the blue indicator lights on the Wi-Fi CellSpot Router are solid.
      7. Connect one end of an Ethernet cable to the yellow Internet port and the other to the modem port on your existing router.

       

       

      Change the network name (SSID)

      1. Connect to your Wi-Fi CellSpot Router.
      2. Enter http://cellspot.router in your phone’s web browser. The default username is admin and the default password is password.
      3. From the General Tab, select the CellSpot_5GHz_(4-digit  ID) and change its name.
      4. Update the WPA Pre-Shared Key to your previous network password.
      5. Click Apply.
      6. Reconnect your devices to the Wi-Fi network. Remember to use the 2.4GHz band if connecting existing devices (printers, cameras, etc.).

       

      Buttons and status lights

       

      Front view

       

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      Back view

       

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      Side view

       

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