You also probably have a place in your house where the Wi-Fi coverage of your Funbox is not good. Orange has a device that will solve this problem. This is a Wi-Fi 6 Smartbox that you can order at any time during the contract.
No joke with Wi-Fi in the house. A network of reinforcements in the wall is enough to make it impossible to play in a room where there is no router – that’s how it is with me. Therefore, despite the fact that the apartment belongs to the “cozy”, I welcomed the Smartbox Wi-Fi 6 from Orange with open arms.
Orange Smartbox Wi-Fi 6. What is it?
Orange Smartbox Wi-Fi 6 is a small device that extends the range of Wi-Fi networks. It is an additional access point that will work with Funbox 6, Funbox 3.0 and Funbox 2.0 and can significantly improve the subjective perception of home Wi-Fi. Another access point in a new location is another coverage area and better traffic distribution (not all devices will be connected to the Funbox at the same time). You can think of it as a Wi-Fi extender. Professionally, such a device is called repeater. However, although choosing a repeater for your home network can be a difficult task, we have it here. the guarantee of simple configuration and trouble-free operation with the Funboxes.
Moreover, the repeater mode is not the only use of the Smartbox Wi-Fi 6 – it can also be an additional access point connected by a cable (extension). The positive point is the absence of speed limit via the radio link, and the negative point… of course, the cable crosses half of the apartment. The rest works the same way and from the point of view of household members, two devices also form a Wi-Fi network.
Funbox 6 or Funbox 3.0 and Smartbox Wi-Fi 6 from the user’s point of view will act as a single wireless network. They themselves can automatically select the least congested radio channel for communication and it does not have to be the same channel for both devices. From the user’s point of view, there is a Wi-Fi network at home. You don’t have to do anything to switch to a better access point – everything happens automatically. Moreover, the participation is imperceptible when you play, watch something or download files. This mechanism only failed me once (when the devices insisted that it was better to keep the phone on Wi-Fi 6 with the Wi-Fi 6 Smartbox than to switch to Wi-Fi 5 from the Funbox 3.0).
Physically, Orange Smartbox Wi-Fi 6 is a discreet device with two LEDs and two Ethernet sockets. You can put them on a shelf and cover them with a photo or drawing (it has a special place for that) or permanently connect them to the power supply and place them in permanent sockets, for example in the lobby. The design of the Wi-Fi Smartbox 6 perfectly matches the Funbox 6. There are no shiny surfaces, decorations, colored strips and unnecessary LEDs. In the middle there are 4 antennas working in MU-mode. 4×4 MIMO at 5 GHz and 2 antennas operating in 2×2 MIMO mode at 2.4 GHz. There was also support for Wi-Fi 6. The transmission can be encrypted using the WPA2 method and newer the WPA3 method.
Set up better Wi-Fi at home
Wi-Fi range extension is the main application of the Wi-Fi 6 Smartbox and I will focus on it. For Orange devices to work properly, they must be at a sufficient distance from each other. So get ready to walk around the apartment. You will need to find the contact area between the Funbox and the Wi-Fi 6 Smartbox.
However, you must first connect both devices and copy the wireless network settings from the Funbox to the Wi-Fi 6 Smartbox. To do this, you must connect the new device to the power supply and when it is ready to use, press the WPS button on it and on the Funbox. Once connected, the Wi-Fi settings will be copied to the Wi-Fi 6 Smartbox. This process will take about 3 minutes – the Wi-Fi 6 Smartbox configures quite slowly.
The next step is to find a place for Smartbox Wi-Fi 6. It’s simple – just go to the place where you have problems with coverage and from time to time you will turn on Smartbox Wi-Fi 6 ( I opted for simplicity and used an extension cord). When the device finds the location suitable, it will let you know with the lights (two orange). You can continue to mount it on the wall, find a place for it on a shelf, etc.
In this situation, it is worth turning to the Orange My Funbox application, which includes detailed instructions. Smartbox Wi-Fi 6 will also be visible as another wireless network device in the app and in the Funbox interface. This way of presenting the instructions seemed to me easier than the description on the paper manual in the box. Of course, the device also has a simple web interface. And here is a note: after having copied the Wi-Fi parameters of the Funbox, the connection to the Wi-Fi 6 Smartbox is done with the same password as for the Funbox, and not the one appearing on the sticker on the back of the box.
That’s it. All you have to do now is find a permanent place for the Wi-Fi Smartbox. I like the fact that you can cover it with a picture or place it permanently in an outlet, without hiding the cables behind the furniture . Of course, it makes no sense to put the Smartbox behind the cabinet – there is no point.
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