Setting up the Total Control Wireless feature on your router is advantageous in such a way that it automatically chooses which is the better WiFi frequency band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) to use in order for your device to get the best signal. If you have been disabling this feature, you may try turning it on. Note that enabling this feature would require you to create a new network name SSID, which is actually very easy to do.
What is the Total Control Wireless feature?
Enabling the Total Control Wireless feature would make you lose your freedom to choose which WiFi frequency band- either 2.4GHz or 5GHz, your devices are on. This means that this feature would allow you to combine both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands. Combining these two frequency networks would entail improving the signal to your devices. The 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi network bands are frequency ranges of radio waves which are used to transfer data within the wireless spectrum and thereby, can be run down into several WiFi channels.
How to configure the Total Control Wireless feature in my router?
Configuring the Total Control Wireless feature works the same way as with the other kinds of WiFi routers. Similarly, there is also an internal webpage from where you can modify the settings and save them after.
1. Connect your device to the WiFi router.
The first thing you need to do is to connect your computer device to the WiFi router. This is done through connecting the ethernet cable to one of the ethernet ports of the router. Ethernet ports are ports that are usually yellow in color. However, if you are using an Apple laptop where an ethernet port is not available, it is therefore recommended to buy an ethernet adaptor or at the least, borrow a computer with an ethernet port.
Remember that the configuration must be done through an ethernet connection. After securing the connection, go to your web browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Safari or Chrome, or any browsers, then go to this link: http://192.168.254.25. If this link does not work, you may use the gateway address for your computer as the address of your router.
2. Input the router’s username and password. Once settled, you will be able to see the router configuration interface.
The router configuration interface is where you can change your WiFi network SSID name. If you have modified some settings within the router configuration interface, the router will return back and will ask for the router’s Device Access Code or the security code number found at the back of the router. The sticker code number must not be lost, otherwise, it will be a problem once you would like to configure your device.
3. Click on the Total Control Wireless subsetting.
In order to access the WiFi configuration, click on “Wireless” which can be seen at the top bar of the webpage. After this, you will see a list of settings under the Wireless menu specifically at the left side of the webpage. For instance, in Arris NVG443x router model series, the Wireless menu includes the following subsetting: Summary, Total Control Wireless, Guest Access 2.4GHz, Guest Access 5GHz, WPS, Advanced 2.4GHz, and Advanced 5GHz. To configure the Total Control Wireless feature, you may then click on the Total Control Wireless subsetting at the left side of the webpage. Upon clicking this, you are to input whether you would be enabling or disabling this feature. You would also input your SSID or Network Name, WPA version, and your password.
How to connect my device to Total Control Wireless?
Prior to modifying the settings of your router, it is important that an ethernet connection has been secured between your device and router. As mentioned above, you may do this by connecting the ethernet cable to one of the yellow-colored ethernet ports of your router. If your device does not have an ethernet port, you may then have to buy an ethernet adaptor or borrow a device from someone which has the port.
After this, you can now be able to sign in through your router’s username and password. To check if your device has been connected, click on “Advanced” at the top menu bar and then click on the “Broadband Settings”. With this, you would be able to see at the WAN Type Selected, the “ETHERNET WAN”. However, if you have a DSL, it would instead be shown instead of ethernet.
How to disable the Total Control Wireless feature?
Upon securing an ethernet connection with the router, choose and open any of these links: http://192.168.254.25 or http://192.168.1.254. Then, depending on the model of your WiFi router, you will see a Login screen or a status screen and 2 blank bars for you to type in your username and password. Type in now your set password and username. However, if it has been your first time accessing the router’s settings, you may then just type in your default username and password that are found either at the bottom of the router or at the manual of your router. Upon entering the said credentials, you will be brought to a dashboard where you can edit the settings of your router, including changing the settings under the Total Control Wireless feature.
At this point, disabling the Total Control Wireless feature is now very easy to do. Just click on “Wireless” that is found at the top menu bar following the “Main” menu and preceded by the “Network” bar. Then on the left side of the webpage, you can specifically see the Total Control Wireless feature. Clicking that would lead you to a window where you can disable the feature. Click on “Disable” and then click “Apply”. At this point, the Total Control Wireless feature of your router has been disabled.
To give you a little information, disabling the Total Control Wireless feature would mean that you are allowed to edit both of the frequency bands- 2.4GHz and 5GHz, separately.
How to enable the Total Control Wireless feature?
Enabling the Total Control Wireless feature on the router is just basically the same as when you disable it. Again, upon entering the router’s username and password, you will be brought to a dashboard. At the top menu bar, click on “Wireless”. Then, click on the Total Control Wireless feature found at the left side of the webpage. After this, click on “Enable”, then “Apply”. This in turn enables your Total Control Wireless feature. Enabling this feature, on the other hand, would restrict you from choosing on which WiFi frequency band you can use.
What happens to Total Control Wireless Feature if I turn off 5GHz WiFi?
If you have decided to turn off the 5GHz WiFi, it will automatically turn off or disable the Total Control Wireless Feature. This is because this feature technically chooses for you which frequency network band to use. The router’s setting is therefore modified such that it switches between 2.4GHz and 5GHz depending on which frequency network has the better coverage and availability at the moment. Therefore, enabling the Total Control Wireless feature would mean that the two frequency network bands- 2.4GHz and 5GHz are both enabled and thus, must be used in combination.