5 Hotspot Tips & Tricks

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5 Hotspot Tips & Tricks



1. How-to: Connect to a Wi-Fi Printer


Who need wires? Not you. Connect your hotspot to a Wi-Fi enabled printer and print from any device connected to your hotspot.

  1. Press the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button on top of the hotspot. You’ll see the WPS setup screen come up.
  2. Press the power button to enable WPS.
  3. You’ll have 2 minutes to enable the WPS connection on your printer. The two devices will communicate and establish a connection.



2. How-to: Lock & Unlock your Hotspot


Don’t want someone curious about your hotspot to accidentally disconnecting you. Lock it.

  1. Press and hold the Navigation button for 3 seconds



3. How-To: Change your Wi-Fi Network Name and PASSPHRASE


Want to add a personal touch and perhaps a password you’ll easily remember? You can personalize this and other features through the device’s homepage.

  1. Once you’ve connected to the hotspot, open your browser and navigate to http://swi.hotspot.
  2. Log in using the default admin login name – swiadmin.
  3. Under the Device Security menu you can change your network name and password.



4. Improve signal strength


By placing the hotspot 1 to 2 metres from any electronics that generate RF interference (TVs, microwaves) and by placing near a window, door or drywall walls (keep away from brick, concrete or metal walls).



5. Extend battery life


  1. A) configuring the hotspot to use a smaller Wi-Fi range (in the advanced settings) if you are going to be sitting nearby your hotspot – there’s no need for the signal to need to span farther unless other users around the room are connecting.
  2. B) Connect to the hotspot via a USB cable and disable the Wi-Fi on the hotspot.
  3. C) Limit how many users you have connected to the hotspot.