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Manage Settings from the Web Interface
You can also access your MiFi 500 settings on the MiFi Web Interface.
The MiFi Settings page allows you to make administration password and preference changes; obtain software update information; and backup and restore files to your MiFi 500 device. The MiFi Settings page contains the following menu options.
The Wi-Fi menu allows you to change the Wi-Fi name and password, and select the maximum number of Wi-Fi devices that can connect to your MiFi 500.
The Wi-Fi menu contains the following sections.
- Wi-Fi name — The Network Name or SSID for the Wi-Fi network created by the MiFi 500.
- Wi-Fi password — Use this setting to enter your desired Wi-Fi password.
- Maximum Wi-Fi connected devices — Use this setting to specify how many devices can simultaneously connect to your MiFi 500.
- Show Advanced Settings — Use this setting to access detailed Wi-Fi setting information.
To change your Wi-Fi security, password and/or connection settings:
- Enter the desired Wi-Fi name in the Wi-Fi name field.
- Enter the desired Wi-Fi password in the Wi-Fi password field.
- Select the desired settings from the Maximum Wi-Fi connected devices drop down menu.
- Click Save Changes whenever you make a change to finalize and save the new setting(s).
To display advanced settings options, click Show Advanced Settings. Advanced Settings contains the following sections.
- Channel — Set to Automatic unless you need to choose a particular channel for your environment.
- 802.11 Mode — Use this setting to change the Wi-Fi mode. If all of your devices support 802.11n, select 802.11n only option for the best performance. Otherwise, leave the setting at its default value.
- Security — Select the desired option for Wi-Fi security. WPA2 is the latest and most secure method, and should be used if possible. None allows other people to monitor your Wi-Fi traffic and use your data plan to access the Internet, and should be avoided if possible.
- Display Wi-Fi Name — Enable to show the Wi-Fi name on the display. Disable to show the Wi-Fi name as ********.
- Display Wi-Fi Password — Enable to show the Wi-Fi password on the display. Disable to show the Wi-Fi Password as ********.
- Broadcast Wi-Fi name — Enable to display this Wi-Fi network in the list of available Wi-Fi networks on your connected devices. Disable to make the network invisible.
- Wi-Fi privacy separation — Enable to provide additional security and prevent connected devices from communicating with each other. For normal operation, this should be disabled.
- Wi-Fi range — Choose high power (shorter battery life) to expand the area covered by the Wi-Fi network and low power (longer battery life) to reduce the area.
- Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) — Enable to assist throughput (required for 802.11n).
- WPS — Enable to use WPS to connect compatible Wi-Fi devices to this network by using the WPS option on the LCD display.
Click Save Changes to save any updates.
You can access your MiFi 500 device settings using the Device menu. The Device menu contains the following menu options.
- Software Update
The Device Preferences page allows you to display time out, screen sleep interval, select automatic shutdown time, select the USB mode, and activate or deactivate stealth mode. The Preferences page contains the following sections.
- Turn off display — Sets the time interval (After 30 seconds, After 1 minute, After 2 minutes, After 5 minutes or Never) that expires before the display turns off.
- Automatic shutdown — Sets the time interval (After 5 minutes, After 10 minutes, After 30 minutes or Never) that expires before the MiFi 500 automatically shuts down.
- USB Mode — The USB mode menu changes the USB mode to Ethernet over USB or Charge only.
- Ethernet over USB — If selected, an Ethernet (TCP/IP) connection is established between the MiFi 500 and your computer. The computer can access the Internet and the Web-based interface via the USB connection. For Windows XP, drivers must be installed to enable Ethernet over USB. The link to download and install these drivers is located on the Home page of the MiFi Web Interface. If Ethernet over USB is not available, you can still communicate via Wi-Fi.
- Charge only — If selected, the MiFi 500 will only draw power from the USB port. Only communication using Wi-Fi is possible between your computer and this device when connected via USB. Note that a standard USB port does not provide sufficient current to power this device, so the battery may charge more slowly or be depleted.
- Stealth mode — Activates stealth mode and disables alerts and notifications that automatically turn the display on.
- Save Changes — Click Save Changes whenever you make a change to finalize and save the new setting.
The Web Interface page allows you to display and/or change your Web Interface password. The Device Web Interface page contains the following sections.
- Display Password — Allows you to display or hide the MiFi 500 Web Interface password on the device screen.
- Change Password — Allows you to change the MiFi 500 Web Interface password.
Backup and Restore
The Backup and Restore page allows you to backup and/or restore files from your MiFi 500. The Device Backup and Restore page contains the following sections.
- Backup Now — Allows you to save your MiFi settings to your computer. You must enter your Web Interface password in the Web Interface password field and click Backup Now to save settings to your computer.
- Restore Now — Allows you to upload a previously saved backup file from your computer to your MiFi 500 device. Click Choose File and select a file, then enter the Web Interface password in effect when the backup file was saved in the Web Interface password field and click Restore Now.
- Restore Factory Defaults — Allows you to restore all settings on your MiFi 500 device to the factory default values. Click Restore Factory Defaults to restore all such settings. If prompted for a password, use the default Web Interface Password which can be found on the MiFi 500 display by pressing the OK button (Menu) on the Menu screen to display the Wi-Fi icon, then pressing the OK button (More) to display your Wi-Fi name and password.
Note: You can only restore settings from backup files on your MiFi 500.
The Software Update page allows you to access information about your MiFi 500 software. The Device Software Update page contains the following sections.
- Current Software — Displays information for the current software version, date of last check for updates and the number of updates currently available.
- Last Update — Displays the date of the last software update.
- Update History — Displays the software update history.
- Update Profile — Allows you to update the device configuration. Any updates must be done on the device user interface. This operation should only be performed when requested by support staff. Click Update Profile to perform a profile update.
- Update PRL — Allows you to manually update the Preferred Roaming List. Click Update PRL to perform this operation.
Your MiFi 500 Mobile Network page allows you to select mobile network settings. The Mobile Network menu contains the following menu options.
- Mobile Settings — Allows you to manage your broadband data connection.
- Cellular Data — Allows you to turn off cellular data to prevent internet traffic from using the device mobile broadband connection.
- Settings — Allows you to select your preferred network technology to connect to the internet.
- Domestic Roaming — Allows you to automatically permit domestic data roaming or to require a confirmation each time before connecting when your device is roaming domestically.
- International Roaming — Allows you to automatically permit international data roaming or to require a confirmation each time before connecting when your device is roaming internationally.
- Modem — Allows you to view and manage modem settings.
- About Your Modem — Displays information about your modem and its configuration.
- Advanced Modem Configuration — Allows you to reset the modem to factory default values, clear all account information off the device, view/edit data profile information and/or view detailed diagnostic information about your device.
- Data Link — Displays and allows you to change data link information. Click Save Changes to save any updates.
- SIM — Allows you to lock the SIM card inside your device using a PIN. Select Enable PIN lock from the Desired action dropdown menu and enter your PIN in the Enter current PIN field. Click Save Changes.
Your MiFi 500 Router page allows you to select router settings. The Router menu contains the following menu options.
- Manual DNS — Allows you to manually select a Domain Name Server. To manually select a server, check the Enable manual DNS box and enter a DNS address in the DNS address 1 field. Click Save Changes.
- Firewall — Displays which Internet traffic is allowed.
- VPN Passthrough — Allows connected devices to establish a VPN tunnel to a remote server or device.
- IPv6 Transparent Mode — Allows connected devices to be accessible from the Internet.
- DMZ (IPv4) — Enable to allow the connected device specified as the DMZ IP destination to receive all traffic that would otherwise be blocked by the firewall.
- LAN — Settings that apply to your local network or LAN. For this device, the LAN consists of this MiFi device and all connected devices (including the USB connected device, if present).
- IPv4 — Displays IPv4 settings, including IP address, subnet mask, MAC address, enable DHCP server, starting and current DHCP address range, and DHCP lease time.
- IPv6 — Enables/disables IPv6 internet connections and displays the IPv6 Link-local address.
- Port Filtering — Allows you to limit access to the Internet by selected applications. Note that DNS is always allowed.
- Port Forwarding — Allows you to send specific incoming traffic to a connected device. The connected device is specified using its IP address.