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Wireless Features

Configuring the wireless settings (Figure 9) for the HS-100W is fairly straightforward.

Wireless Configuration

Figure 9: Wireless Configuration
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Aside from setting up an ESSID and choosing a method of encryption, you shouldn't have to modify any of the default settings here. If you find that your HS-100W is conflicting with any device you use at home - let's say a wireless PlayStation controller - and changing the channels on each doesn't resolve the problem, you can simply turn off wireless support on the HS-100W by unchecking the Enable Wireless LAN checkbox. (Note that the WLAN light will be turned off when support for the Wireless LAN is disabled.)

I found the device to work best for me on Channel 11, and elected to use WPA-PSK for the best level of encryption. As with most wireless routers, you can filter connections by MAC address to avoid unsolicited connections to your internal network, but I've never found a real need for this. ZyXEL also opted to include support for a RADIUS authentication server, but I doubt seriously any home user would have one of these or even know what it is.

Local User Database

Wireless Configuration

Figure 10: Wireless Configuration
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Aside from setting up a secure radio transmission from a client to the AP on the HS-100W, you can also use its built-in Local User Database feature (Figure 10) to authenticate wireless access for up to 21 users with a simple username / password. Note that this is seperate from the logins for Parental Control and only effects connectivity for wireless users, essentially functioning as a mini RADIUS server.

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