So you’ve got the new Huawei B525 Router and you're not too sure how to set it up?
Don’t worry, I’ll guide you through that process here with the necessary steps and I’ve included some helpful images.
First thing's first, you’ll need to know what the lights and connections are called and where to find them. Below are two images of the router which identifies everything on the router so you can become more familiar with it.
a.Power indicator b.Network status indicator c.Wi-Fi®/WPS indicator d. LAN/WAN indicator e. Signal strength indicator f. Power input g. LAN/WAN port h. External antenna sockets i. USB port j. Landline phone port k. Reset button l. micro-SIM card slot m. WPS button n. Power button
Now you're more familiar with the router, lets' get started with the setup.
Insert a micro-SIM card into the micro-SIM card slot as shown in the image above and then connect the power adapter to the B525 router. The router will turn on automatically and search for available networks. At this point, you can move the router to different areas to see where the best signal is.
Place the router in acentrallocation
Avoid surrounding it with metal objects
Concrete or brick walls can impact the signal
Don't keep the router near a microwave
Set it up high.
What should I expect to happen if my router is successfully connected to the network?
You’ll see all of the following:
Cyan/blue/yellow: Connected to a mobile network.
White: More signal bars indicate a stronger signal.
*Do not insert or remove a micro-SIM card when the router is running, as this may affect performance or damage the micro-SIM card.
You've found the best spot for your router and now you need to connect a phone/laptop/tablet/desktop to your router’s Wi-Fi network. Here's how:
Once the router has connected to a mobile data network, you can connect your phone/laptop/tablet/desktop to the router’s Wi-Fi network to access the Internet. You’ll find the Wireless network Key or Wi-Fi Key on the bottom of the router on the white printed sticker/label
When the indicator is steady on, Wi-Fi is enabled.
Search for the network on your whatever device you're using to connect up and when you've found it you'll be asked for the Wi-Fi Key, enter that key and wait for it to be authenticated. When thats complete (within a few minutes) you'll be connected and ready to browse. Excellent!
What else do you need to know?
Lets’ talk about lights. What do the different colour lights on your router mean?
Steady cyan: You are connected to 4G
Steady blue: You are connected to 3G
Steady yellow: You are connected to 2G.
Steady green: You are currently connected via the Ethernet Cable A.K.A. Wired connection.
Steady red: 1. The micro SIM card is not recognised, is faulty, is not inserted correctly, the PIN has not been entered or the PIN verification failed. 2. The router failed to connect to a wireless network.
What about the Wi-Fi indicator what should that look like?
On: Wi-Fi function is on and working Blinking: The WPS interconnection verification is in progress. It should take less than two minutes. Off: Wi-Fi function disabled. Have you switched it off in error?
The Signal indicator will tell you about your signal and the strength. On: Indicates network signal strength. Full light indicates strong signal. Off: No network signal. Have you tried restarting your router after 30 seconds of powering it off? *Tip: You should do that once a day
How do you turn off/on Wi-Fi on the router?
Hold the button down for a couple of seconds to toggle off/on
What do you do if you think your router needs to be reset?
Reset button Press and hold for more than 3 seconds to restore the CPE to its factory settings. This action will restore all other settings you may have changed for example your Wi-Fi Password.
How can you manage your router if you’re using a smartphone to connect i.e. Configuring your router?
There are two ways but the easiest way, considering your using a phone, is to
1.Downloading Huawei HiLink App Scan the QR code to download the Huawei Hi-Link App or search for it in PlayStore/iTunes and configure the router from your phone. You’ll be asked for the same login details including the username and password which you’ll find on the user manual. It’s the default “admin” for both.
Or 2. Wi-Fi / Ethernet Connection to the Router To do this you’ll need to open a browser and type in the following IP address 192.168.8.1 in the address box i.e. where you’d usually put www. Or https:// Enter the user name and password to log in to the web Management page. “admin” (user name and password are printed on the CPE label) You can change that at any time if you’d prefer.
That’s it; you’re now logged into the router, in its configuration settings. I bet you want to know what you can do here?
Here are the 5 most common changes you can make
Change from 4G to 3G or 3G to 4G from auto to manual
Turn off 2.4 ghz or turn off 5 ghz so only one Wi-Fi frequency in being emitted. This can help if you are experiencing a strong signal indicator but your speeds are slower than expected. I’d recommend trialling turning off 2.4ghz first and then 5ghz to see which frequency works best for you. How? Log into the configuration as above > go to Settings > then WLAN Basic Settings> you’ll see the option there
Change your Wi-Fi Password and login details
Change Wi-Fi Channels
Check for updates on your router (It’s important that you have the latest software update installed because it can present as service issues/connection issues)
Why is the content displayed on the Web UI management page not up to date?
Depending on your browser’s cache, the content for your device on the Web UI management page may not be up to date. Manually clear your browser’s cache (for example, open your browser and choose Internet Options > General > Browsing history > Delete.) and re-launch the Web UI management page.
Having trouble accessing the router’s web-based management page? 1. Ensure that your computer is connected to the router through an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi. 2. Ensure that your computer is set to obtain an IP address and DNS server address automatically. 3. Restart your browser, or try using another browser. 4. If the problem persists, restore the router to its factory settings and try again
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