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Q: I have a La Fonera 1.0, and I am unable to connect to the private “MyPlace” network. I need to access the onboard administration because the setting I need to change is not in Fon’s remote administration “User Zone”! Can I connect to La Fonera another way?
A: Yes, you can also reach the onboard administration pages through a direct cable connection. Many people need to access their La Fonera this way due to incompatability with the default encryption, or an encryption setting they have changed it to, or they do not have wifi gear but ordered a wifi AP anyway. Usually, the onboard admin pages are reached by connecting with the “MyPlace” SSID, and then browsing to http://192.168.10.1
Note: You will still need a WiFi device to register your hotspot. You will need to borrow a wifi laptop for this, if you do not own one yourself.
1) Connect an Ethernet cable, like the one included with the La Fonera, between the Ethernet jack of a PC and the Internet (WAN) jack in back of the La Fonera.
2) Configure the PC for static IP 169.254.255.2 and subnet (netmask) 255.255.255.0. You may need to disable wifi and reboot your PC.
3) Open your browser and you should be redirected to the onboard admin page. If it does not appear, type http://169.254.255.1 into the address bar of your browser and then press Enter or click Go.
4) When you first see the onboard admin page, you will not be required to log in. Selecting further pages will require that you do so. The username will be “admin”. If you have changed your La Fonera’s password, use that password now, otherwise, the password will also be “admin”.
You will have some controls that are duplicated in the remote administration “User Zone”, some which appear only here, and others will not be present except in the UZ. You do not need to log out when you are done. Simply reassemble the cables as they were before, and change your PC back to “Aquire an IP automatically”.
If you need to adjust your private network encryption, we reccommend changing “WPA/WPA2″ to “WPA” and change “AES” to “TKIP”. Remember to click the “Submit” button to save your changes. WEP is also available, but remember that this can now be cracked in a minute. Avoid using it if you have other choices.