Our Cuckoo experts have selected the Technicolour DWA0120 for you. It's compact, easy to use and gives you the fast speeds you need at an affordable price.
But we're always open to new ideas; so if you're a router aficionado, let us know if you think we should try something else - maybe via the Cuckoo community.
This is your overall status light.
This shows you whether you're able to connect to the core network (the telephone exchange normally someone nearby).
This shows you whether you can download and upload data packets (e.g. access web pages) via the network.
You don't really need to worry about this one, but if you're interested...
Your routers are very clever. 🤓 They automatically connect you to the internet over the best possible frequency for your device and location.
If you're far away from the router, they'll connect you via 2.4GHz. This is a slightly slower speed but has a wider coverage. If you're near the router, it will switch you onto 5GHz, which is more powerful and so gives you a faster speed.
Most of the time both lights will be on, as the router will be connecting different devices at both frequencies.
In short, you can sit back and relax, and let the router manage your connection.
This stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup. It's a wireless network security standard that can connect a router and wireless devices faster and more easily - and without needing to use your normal password.
However, it can be compromised, so don't rely on it entirely. We advise you stick to the basic username and password method for connecting to Wi-Fi. 👍
To connect a device using WPS PBC (Push Button Configuration):
WPS not working? To protect your security, your router will automatically switch off WPS if it thinks there's someone nearby who's interfering with your network. First generation Macs also aren't very good at working with WPS, so if you have one of those in the house, it may struggle...
This shows you whether you're connecting to the internet via an Ethernet cable. If you want the very fastest speeds, Ethernet is the way to go 🚀
You don't need to look at this one. Ever. 🙌
This shows whether the router is turned on or not.
There are a bunch of reasons why you may have a no sync message on your router (i.e. your broadband light isn't on), including:
For more details, see this page.
💡 Fun fact: The collective noun for a group of cuckoos is an asylum, or cooch. The collective noun for a group of baby cuckoos (cuckolds) is an incredulity.
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