Setting up a Motorola/Arris SBG6580 begins with logging into the device with the default User ID and Password provided in the user's manual. At the top of the status screen, click the link labeled "Wireless" to set up the router's WiFi functions.
A wireless network needs a name, also known as the SSID, and a password, commonly referred to as a key. Strong network keys and SSIDs help to prevent intrusion onto wireless networks by unauthorized connections. As with any password, users should avoid choosing their names, birth dates, and street names. A strong key should include a mix of lowercase and capital letters, numbers and special characters. It should also be more than 10 characters long. Other settings available on the SBG6580 affect the encryption type, which must match the encryption type used by a connecting device in order to gain access to the network. After the user sets up the network, he can use the SSID and key on wireless-enabled devices to establish a connection and gain access to the Internet. The owner's manual and internal software explain other settings that can increase the security, improve the encryption or limit the number of connections allowed on the router.