ipTime WireLess NetWork Router Basic SetUp Guide & English Setting Manual
*captured photos below have since been changed to English menu on December 2013, as it is finally available although ONLY on their latest firmware in their most expensive model . but their locations are the same for you to compare with your Korean menu . please read my Post of December 3rd 2013 for specifics .
we have many inquiries on English manuals and setup suggestions for ipTime and AnyGate wireless network routers, as well as portable WiBro-to-Wi-Fi Eggs . so-much-so that I have considered simply translating a universal ipTime manual but um, I never really read their manual (OK I have glanced through over Christmas 2012 : quite confusing -_-), and rarely others so.. I mean, isn’t it fun tweaking all the options to see how virtual things connect ? for it is NOT dangerous as twinkling directly with computer hardware parts .. but really : basic setup for routers are common, so all you have to do is take an English manual from a popular router in your country and compare with the setting menu of your device .
*INITIAL SET-UP IS AUTOMATIC ON MOST ROUTERS, SO THIS PAGE IS FOR MANUAL SET UP WITH BASIC SECURITY :
first of all, Korean and Chinese OEM routers including wireless and ipTime brand, work out-of-the-box (earlier American and Japanese models - though ever superior in technology, power AND out-ward stylish design, have ceased to be used widely in South Korea with the influx of local ipTime say, since 2009) – which are set in automatic mode – with default network set up by your iSP (internet service provider) such as SK BroadBand . but like any aspect of society, you are bound to be taken advantage of, if you do not take basic precautions to secure yourself in the wide-open (“www” is for World-wide web) Virtual World .
the initial “automatic mode” (Center and Right icons of diagram [B] below : Center for wired, and Right for wireless) are merely to “connect” your computer to the iSP internet service provider’s line coming into your office or home . fine to test-up your connection, but you will eventually need to do more to secure your connection . ipTime may in time add adequate security as firmware versions proceed, but will NOT mention here because the manufacturer may change automatic mode any time, and I cannot keep track of it all for you .
as this is a soft-core technical blog for the laymen, will guide you through the most simple setup to protect yourself . meaning : NOT from harm’s-way – such as if someone is specifically out to get into your system, but to disable other people nearby, casually using your precious bandwidth if left bare . aside from portable wireless routers, isp (internet Service Providers) in South Korea are generous in allowing unlimited usage, thus won’t hurt you if you have a casual house-wife surfing the .Net in your building, piggy-backing on your bandwidth . but a manic student set to automatically download on his computer even while out in school, can disrupt your over-all connection speed -_- and eventually your whole computer system 0o0
but more dangerous if your OS (operating system) relaxes security on your computer, thinking the stranger’s computer is trustable because it resides in the same local network, which is in a sense TRUE for tenants dwelling in the same building . this used to pose less of a problem in the early days, as this truely “innovative” company ipTime just over the Millennium in 2004, when their first wireless model could barely cover a two-bedroom apartment . but now some stronger models catch faint signals across the street, from a fifth-floor connection ! ofcourse this is through open distance, for signals do NOT pass metal-framed concrete which is the basic structure of South Korean buildings after the KangNam real-estate boom over 1980 . before, it used to be dark-red bricks – remindful of a harsh time recovering from a gruesome war amidst military dictatorships .
ipTime routers have common setup menus, only differentiated by its current firmware version . plus more recent models will have additional dual-band menus, such as 5GHz usage options on top of the current 2.4GHz
[A] NETWORK ROUTER BASICS
but before you start tweaking, some basics you should know :
- network physically linked with cable lines are LAN (local area networks), where-as wireless takes the connection airborne, thus more susceptible to intrusion and hunch-backing,
- all wireless-capable device including your laptop and iPad come with a *unique MAC address in the form of AB: CD: EF:01:23
which is used for separated devices to identify each other .
- much care should be taken when considering a firmware update, for it changes the hardware instead of a simple software update . what it basically does is three-folds :
(1) tries to make the device more “perfect” by patching initial internal flaws, found after manufacture date
(2) make the device more compatible with newer computer systems
(3) and implement tighter security from latest threats
thus is recommended ONLY if you have problems with current firmware .
(way~ below diagram A3)
- more routers come with virus protection – trying to stop danger at virtual doorsteps before it even gets into your system, however router companies are no virus gurus, so it can seriously interfere with your connection speed and stability . thus better to disable it (as usually is default) and instead : install a dependable virus software (some popular ones even FREE for personal use) on your computer
[B] LOG INTO ACCESS SETUP
on your internet web browser or iPad/iPhone Safari, upper website address slot, input : “192.168.0.1″ (for ipTime routers)
this is the catapult if you are trying to guess this Korean manual, from an English manual of a product common in your country, for while some companies also use this, others may use “192.168.1.1″ or “192.168.11.1″ and so on ..
on the appearing small window box, you will see THREE icons :
- Center square is for automated device setup
- and Right square for automated wireless setup,
- but here will click on the Left square, for manual setup :
( because this is, after-all a Tech BLog, even though a much softcore one
but those who have absolutely NO idea of what this is
- you should opt instead the Center button for LAN-cable connected network
or the Right button for wireless where ipTime would try to configure automatically
BUT may allow others use your transfer bandwidth)
[C] ID AND PASSWORD
there are TWO types of ID and passwords used on a wireless network, not to be confused :
- several names you see when searching available connections from a computer, laptop or iPad is each router’s SSID, which is usually factory-set as the manufacturer name or model number,
and out-of-the-box will not have a password set
but later if you implement one (recommended) : anyone trying to log-in will be prompted (asked) to input it,
- rightfully this is your SSID and password -
for ipTime : factory default SSID is ‘ipTime’ with no password set,
(way~ below diagram D2)
- aside from using a router to ride on the internet, further-more you need another set of password to get into its setting to change the above configuration,
and out-of-the-box, usually will have a very basic ID and password
- thus will be your setup iD and password -
a new ipTime will not have any setup iD nor password, with free access for anyone around you ! so you should change this !
[D] WIRELESS PROTECTION
basically there are 3 ways to disable others from accessing your router, and you can use either or all (but the more time for you to access yourself) :
- do NOT broadcast (i.e., show or reveal) your SSID so that it will not come up on local Wi-Fi search,
and you can have your computer or iPad pre-set with this SSID that only you know .
- show (or even not) your SSID but have a password set to be able to use,
- set the router to accept only certain log-on devices distinguishable via their originating MAC Address (see two large paragraphs above)
*but most smaller portable wireless (including Eggs) or basic routers do NOT have this bit-advanced capability
D2 above will be the easiest for beginners to comprehend and implement,
while D1 needs basic router knowledge . then ofcourse ’D3‘ above is the most sure-fire way to protect yourself, but might be confusing for a novice to configure, still explained below all with capture diagram :
[D1] how to NOT reveal your SSID
[D2] how to set SSID and password
first capture below is automated log-on without password,
and the second with password with choice of encryption methods
( you have to try this for some device only accept certain encryptions )
[D3] how to configure to allow access to ONLY registered wireless MAC addresses
- factory default will be set to (U) automatically allowing all devices near-by trying to access your router,
- ipTime will automatically search and list all surrounding devices below (Z) (but some may not show-up)
you can simply check the box in front then click the ‘add’ button atop,
or manually input your own MAC address and click ‘add’
[A3] how to upgrade firmware (CAUTION – read way~ above in orange)
first photo below is automatically updating from the internet from ipTime server .
however the second option is more safe : first download your latest firmware version from their official site, then click on [Manual Upgrade] below in yellow, then a box will appear to search the file from your computer :
( RELATED LINKS )
chart link of ALL ipTime router models, yes a wet dream for Mr.B :
always wired, wireless on-the-go and wire-full is my epidome of Utopia
- Korea Tech BLog, end of June 2012 -
( January 25th 2013 Update, a Year there-after ) in the midst of frantic credit card payments I return to the joy of wireless router set-up .. just because it is mucho more dubious and often curiously incomprehensive (more so on earlier models post-Millennium) than more-mechanical computer assembly .
[ TROUBLE-SHOOTING ]
- this whole page takes for granted that your network drivers ARE working harmoniously with your hardware – especially your main-board or mother-board AND OS operating system as the version of Windows . so if in doubt : check this first before you spend endless nights pondering .. more-so if you have NOT (or do not know how to) cared for your computer system for at least TWO years : re-installing your OS AND reverting the router to factory setting, might make all work smoothly .
- aside from FULL automatic, this guide explains the first step into MANUAL set-up, for security’s sake . so if you cannot understand /anything/ a good quarter into reading this Post : stop,
and call your iSP (internet service provider) and communicate in English even though you believe you speak a good Korean, for all computerics are borne in the American lingo . there was a time when providers tried to bill additional for routers, because it WILL splice their band-width, but not after competition galore . believe-me : each technician will prefer you connect and use their lines well, instead of moving on to their competition in frustration, for there is no house-hold NOR business in South Korea who do NOT use the internet . even the traditional pop-corn guy out in the mountains have set up an On-Line mall and is doing well
- interesting to note among the many who have inquired via comment OR eMail : who ask without reading every paragraph of this Post, and more-so whose question already contain their very answer . I would answer more but perhaps not soon, to those which is either the most basic OR the most difficult – curiously tingling my brains .. but more-over would eventually edit this post to adhere to additional subscribers’ problems than answer each question individually .
- if you have done ALL listed here and still cannot connect : unplug and Power OFF, then watch the full ten episodes of the 2002 TV mini-series ‘Taken’ from Steven Spielberg, after which you might have other in-sights . No, I am not kidding for there are unknown powers ever-lurking, including those Gremlins that haunted WWii pilots over Germany //
if all attempts fail, even though you have read through this, the Advanced Security Page AND all comments here-after : there really is no reason left for you to use ipTime router, for their monopoly in South Korea is in essence due to saturation of differing (mostly in the number of antennas) AND incredibly prompt and loyal product support, or even the second runner-up in AnyGate . alternate manufacturers and models are listed on Wireless Router Page on top menu .
( June 14 2013 Update, a Year & 1/2 after) as a NEW World is on the horizon including iOS 7, iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 2 with the next generation of game machines in Fall : just to let you know I am constantly editing this content as more (?) people seem to have trouble connecting .
this is happening as new contenders (OEM from China and classic prime brand labels from neighboring Japan as well as the States) are HALO-dropping new models, currently landing on the Peninsula at Andromeda prices . meaning only those with lush pockets and manic curiosity, are out to snatch them . but again, this may be the latter installment of “Star Wars : The Empire Strikes Back”, after ipTime has monopolized the wireless/router market for now well over FOUR years !