A WiFi (wireless) connection uses radio frequency signals to send data between your modem/router and computers or other WiFi devices. WiFi means you can surf the net in different areas of your home without needing cables.
The radio frequencies used by WiFi (802.11) are similar to those used by wireless home phones. These signals are ideal for small areas such as a house or small office.
If you bought your modem from Westnet, its setup guide will tell you exactly how to set up your home WiFi. For third-party modems, please check its user manual for instructions.
Yes. Your WiFi network must be set with a password. Without one, your WiFi network is open to anyone within range of your wireless signal. That means someone could potentially use your data, change your modem settings or even access your VoIP phone details (if applicable) and use it to make calls.
All modems sold by Westnet feature WPA/WPA2-PSK encryption passwords by default. Third party modems may have no passwords used in their default WiFi settings, so please check carefully when setting up your network.
A typical WiFi signal has a range of roughly 30 metres, though this can be reduced by factors such as the ability of the modem/router, any walls or obstacles in the area, or other factors that may interfere with the wireless signal.
See Improving your WiFi Signal to learn more.
No; but this shouldn’t be an issue for everyday internet use including browsing, social media and YouTube. As wireless connection stability and speeds can vary due to signal interference and distance from the router, a cable connection will always be more reliable for heavy or time-sensitive usage such as online gaming.
All modem routers currently sold by Westnet feature 802.11n WiFi, and some also support the latest 802.11ac WiFi.
|Simplified name*||Wireless mode
||Year released||Theoretical max throughput speed||General use|
|WiFi 2||802.11b||2000||8 Mbps||Wireless dropout troubleshooting (network stability).|
|WiFi 3||802.11g||2003||54 Mbps||Devices manufactured between 2003-2009, wireless dropout troubleshooting (network stability).|
|WiFi 4||802.11n||2009||300 Mbps||Devices manufactured from 2009 onwards; most modern devices will have legacy support for this type of WiFi.|
|WiFi 5||802.11ac||2014||500 Mbps to 1 Gbps||Devices manufactured from 2009 onwards; most modern devices support this type of WiFi.|
|WiFi 6||802.11ax||Pending release (2020/21)||Estimated 1.2 to 4.8Gbps||This new type of WiFi hasn't been fully released yet, but once it has, the latest tech devices will likely support it.|
*In 2019, the WiFi Alliance proposed simplified names for WiFi technologies to be more accessible to the average user.