Tutorial – Connecting the Shellfire Box to a Wifi Hotspot

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In order to connect to the internet, the Shellfire Box normally requires a wired internet connection. The built-in wifi chip can then be used to connect any wireless device to the Shellfire Box.
Thanks to the large amount of feedback we received from you, we have now learned that many of you also use the Shellfire Box while travelling. So during the last months, we have been asked the question “Can I connect my Shellfire Box to a Wifi Hotspot?” many times. And guess what – the answer is YES! With just a few tricks, you will be able to connect your Shellfire Box to the internet through any wireless network. The only restriction here is, that devices can then only be connected using a network cable and not using wifi anymore, because the wireless functionality is being used to manage the internet connection.

Shellfire Box Wifi Hotspot

The Shellfire Box can be connected to a wireless Wifi Hotspot

In this short tutorial, we will explain to you how to do connect your Shellfire Box to a wifi network in 10 easy steps:

Connecting the Shellfire Box to a wifi network

  • Step 1
  • Connect your computer to the LAN Port (not to the WAN Port!) of the Shellfire Box and navigate to http://sf.box/ using your browser.

  • Step 2
  • Scroll all the way down to the bottom of hte page and click Enable Advanced Mode.

    Shellfire Box enable advanced mode

    Enabled Advanced Mode

  • Step 3
  • You will now see the advanced menu navigation bar at the top of the page. Click Network – Wifi.

    Shellfire Box Network Wifi

    Network Wifi

  • Step 4
  • We now have to search for the Wifi network we want to connect to. Click Scan.

    Shellfire Box Wifi Scan

    Shellfire Box Wifi Scan

  • Step 5
  • After a few seconds, you will see all available wifi networks. Select the network you want to connect to and click Join Network.

    Shellfire Box Join network

    Shellfire Box Join network

  • Step 6
  • It is now important that you deactivate the option called Replace wireless configuration. If your network requires a WPA key (wifi password), enter it here. Finally, click Submit.

    Shellfire Box join network settings

    Shellfire Box join network settings

  • Step 7
  • You will now see the configuation of your new device. If all settings are correct, click Save & Apply.

    Shellfire Box device configuration

    Shellfire Box device configuration

  • Step 8
  • The new network will now appear in your Wifi overview. Go to Network – Interfaces.

    Shellfire Box wireless overview

    Shellfire Box wireless overview

  • Step 9
  • You now see the overview of your interfaces. Click Connect next to the newly created WWAN interface. As soon as the connection process is done, click Save & Apply. You can now switch back to the Shellfire Box VPN menu under Services – Shellfire Box.

    Shellfire Box interfaces

    Shellfire Box interfaces

  • Step 10
  • Voilà! If everything has worked, you will now be able to select a Shellfire VPN server and connect to it as usual via the Shellfire Box menu.

    Shellfire Box disconnected

    Shellfire Box disconnected


    Shellfire Box connecting

    Shellfire Box connecting


    Shellfire Box connected

    Shellfire Box connected

    Did it work for you? Are there any issues? Would you like to send us some love or any feedback? No problem! Just write a comment, contact us using our live chat over at https://www.shellfire.net/vpn/ or on Facebook and Twitter!

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