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Wireless Wi-Fi access is an alternative (in relation to wired one) way to connect STB to network (local or/and Internet).

Built-in and external Wi-Fi modules support

Depends on STB model it contains built-in Wi-Fi module or supports external Wi-Fi adapters.
If there is built-in Wi-Fi module in STB model then index w is added: for example, MAG254w1, MAG256w2, MAG349w3.
The digit 1, 2 or 3 following the letter w indicates on type of wireless Wi-Fi access standard:

w1 - Wi-Fi 802.11, 2.4GHz b/g/n, 1T/1R
w2 - Wi-Fi 802.11, 2.4 / 5GHz b/g/n/ac, 1T/1R
w3 - Wi-Fi 802.11, 2.4 / 5GHz b/g/n/ac, 2T/2R

STB models with built-in Wi-Fi module do not support connecting Wi-Fi adapter via USB. Exceptions are MAG-322w1/323w1/324w2/325w2 models, which contain internal Wi-Fi module and also support external Wi-Fi adapter. In these STB models, an external Wi-Fi adapter, that is connected via USB, has priority higher than internal Wi-Fi module: when the external Wi-Fi adapter is connected, the internal Wi-Fi module is deactivated.

Supported external Wi-Fi adapters

The below table shows supported external Wifi adapters to appropriate STB models.

Model Chipset MAG-250/254/255
MAG-256/257 MAG-3xx* Notes
ASUS USBN13 rev.B1 Realtek RTL8192CU - - -
Asus USBN14 Ralink RT5370sta + + - 0.2.18r12
Asus USBN53 Ralink RT3572 + + - 0.2.18r12
Asus USBN53 rev.B1 MediaTek MT7612U - - -
D-Link DWA125 rev.A1,A2 Ralink RT3070 + + +
D-Link DWA125 rev.A3 Ralink RT5370 + + + 0.2.12
D-Link DWA125 rev.B1 Ralink RT5370 + + + 0.2.16b2
D-Link DWA125 rev.D1 Realtek RTL8188ETV - - -
D-Link DWA160 DualBand rev.B2 Ralink RT5572 + + - 0.2.16b2
Netis WF2150 DualBand Ralink RT5572 + + - 0.2.16b2
Edimax EW-7711UAN rev.V1 Ralink RT3070 + + +
Edimax EW-7733UnD DualBand(AC) Ralink RT3573 + + - 0.2.16b2
Foxgate WA 411 Ralink RT5370 + + +
Tenda W311M Ralink RT5390 + + + 0.2.12
Tenda W311MI Ralink RT5370 + + + 0.2.12
TPLINK TLWN727N rev.V1 Ralink RT3070 + + + 0.2.12
TPLINK TLWN727N rev.V4 MediaTek MT7601U + + + 0.2.18r17, 0.2.20a7.15
TPLINK TLWN721N Atheros AR9271 - + - 0.2.20a7.15
TPLINK TLWN722N rev.1 Atheros AR9271 - + - 0.2.20a7.15
TPLINK TLWN723N Realtek 8188E + + + 0.2.18r17, 0.2.20a7.15
TPLINK TLWN725N Realtek 8188E + + + 0.2.18r17, 0.2.20a7.15
TPLINK TLWDN3200 Ralink 5572 + + - 0.2.18r17, 0.2.20a7.15
TPLINK TLWDN3200 DualBand Ralink 5592 + + - 0.2.18r17, 0.2.20a7.15
Totolink N150 UA Ralink RT5370 + + + 0.2.16b2
Dune HD Air Ralink RT3070 + + + 0.2.12
Linksys WUSB600N DualBand rev.2 Ralink RT3572 + + - 0.2.16b2
LogiLink WL-0145 Ralink RT5370 + + +
LogiLink RT8111 Realtek 8188E + + + 0.2.18r17, 0.2.20a7.15
NIC RT8111 802.11n Realtek 8188E + + + 0.2.18r17, 0.2.20a7.15
Edup EP-MS150N Ralink RT5370 + + + 0.2.18r17, 0.2.20a7.15
AuraHD air/AuraHD air nano Ralink RT5370 + + + 0.2.12
Comfast CF-WU715N Ralink RT5370 + + +

* - MAG-322/323/324/325/322w1/322w2/324w1/324w2/325w1/325w2

External WiFi-adapters connecting

STB supports hot plugging of USB devices:

  • Connect external WiFi adapter to one of the available USB ports
  • After a while (20-30 seconds) the device must be ready for use.

Checking status of WiFi connection

STB WiFi connection status can be checked in two ways:

  • SettingsSystem settingsNetwork infoWireless (Wi-Fi)
  • SettingsSystem settingsNetworkWireless (Wi-Fi)Network Info

Supported authentication and encryption methods

The table below shows features supported by some types of external Wi-Fi adapters

ASUS USB‐N13, D‐Link DWA‐125, Edimax EW‐7711UAN, TP‐LINK TL‐WN727N, Dune HD Air, Tenda W311MI
Open system / none +
Open / wep64 +
Open / wep128 +
Shared / wep64 +
Shared / wep128 +

Environment variables of Wi-Fi interface

The table below describes Environment variables regarding with wireless Wi-Fi access.

wifi_int_ip Specifies the IP address to be assigned to the wireless network interface. If it is set to "", the autoconfiguration of the network parameters is used (set by the DHCP server)
wifi_int_mask Subnet mask
wifi_int_gw The IP-address of network gateway
wifi_int_dns IP-address of DNS server
wifi_ssid Service set identifier (SSID) - it is used as an identifer of wireless LAN
wifi_auth Authentication method: «open», «shared», «wep_auto», «wpapsk», «wpa2psk»
wifi_enc Traffic encryption method: «none», «wep», «wep64»(deprecated), «wep128»(deprecated), «tkip», «aes»
wifi_wep_def_key The default key for encryption mode: WEP64 и WEP128
wifi_wep_key1, wifi_wep_key2, wifi_wep_key3, wifi_wep_key4 4 keys to set for WEP64 and WEP128 encryption mode

Configuring connection, viewing network status on STB

For description of the wireless access parameters, see System Settings / Network.

  Connection set up. Example:

In System Settings window

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One way to transfer IPTV streams from operators to users is multicasting. If STB is connected to network via wireless Wi-Fi connection network device (usually Wi-Fi router) must ensure transfering of multicast streams that received from WAN interface of router (usually connection to ISP) to STB wireless interface. Modern Wi-Fi-routers for this purpose IGMP snooping technology is used. However, for earlier Wi-Fi router models the proxy server feature was intended. This feature is described below.

Formulation of the problem

The IEEE 802.11 standard of wireless (Wi-Fi) network can not be used for transmission of multimedia traffic by multicast streaming. Therefore, to transmit the multimedia streams in Wi-Fi network mediation server feature (proxy server) is used. It can transmit multicast streams as if unicast one. To solve this problem user should install in its premise the router that supports proxy server feature of desired type (shoud use router class “home” or “SOHO»).

Example of configuring the home router

Let's consider home router ASUS RT-N16 that is used to connect STB MAG-200 (wireless connection) and provide access to IPTV service operator (operator uses multicast to deliver multimedia streams to customers). At first (before router using) an alternative router firmware should be installed on. For example, it can be used “ Oleg's Firmware” that is widely known in the Internet community (use to find specific information).

After specifying basic settings open router configuration page, tab IP Config, next IP Config ‐ Miscellaneous.

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In IPTV UDP Multicast to HTTP Proxy Port: specify port number related to proxy server.

Option Enable access from WAN is configured according to work conditions. For typical applications it is desirable to remove its selection (that is not to use the proxy server from WAN port side).
After router configuring is completed apply settings and reboot it.

Configuring STB

Set up WiFi access, check settings.

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After setting up wireless network you can configure proxy server support:
  • Enter SettingsSystem settingsAdvanced settingsMore;
  • Set Use multicast proxy to ON;
  • Enter proxy server IP-address in Multicast proxy URL option.

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Thus, STB uses http request to proxy server instead of using multicast resources. As a result, there is no need to use multicast traffic in wireless networks.

Use multicast proxy option  should be ON only in case the STB  has active Wi-Fi connection to router with proxy server feature enabled. Otherwise, the broadcasting of IPTV channels on STB may be disrupted.

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