Saturday, January 2, 2016

Travel Routers Part 2 - ZyXEL NBG2105

Diving into my ZyXEL travel router I had one mission and that was to get my Chromecast v2 to setup in a hotel. Since I'm no longer in a hotel some features are intellectual only.

  • The initial boot took about 1:12 but shortly thereafter it seemed to reboot. Since it was not connected to the internet it's unclear what just happened.
  • In a hotel I'm likely to be in the WISP+UR mode so I had to change the rocker switch and reboot again.
  • Search as I might the manual was very unclear how I was supposed to connect the router to the existing access point. But then I found the magic: Wireless LAN > Site Survey. From the site survey you select the SSID of the node you want to bridge to and enter the password. The router will immediately reboot and a timer will start.(**)
** The timer is insufficient and the local WiFi will likely redirect to the preferred or one that is locally available so when the travel router completes the reboot you'll have to reconnect to the ZyXEL.

Before I take this router to a hotel I need to change the SSID, default username and password. Since I'm experimenting I'm not sure whether or not I want to name them all the same or if each should be different.

As for the Chromecast, my expectation is that once the travel router is online and ready for normal operation (estimated 7 minutes) the setup will be uneventful.

UPDATE: I should add that the UI is OK but VERY old school.

UPDATE: can not auto detect firmware updates. (latest firmware here) The latest seems to be 06-25-2013 however the info is pretty unclear.

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