The Rough Guide to the Hifidelio

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Connecting to your home network

The HF can be connected by a network cable or by using the WLAN, the wireless connection. You can do both (plug in a cable, putting the WLAN on) but it can only use one connection at the time.

Ethernet connection

You can connect the HF to your AP with a cable. This is called an Ethernet connection.
There are two type of cables: straight and crossed (also called patch cable).
In principle you need a straight cable if you connect your HF to a AP and a crossed cable if you connect your HF directly to your Pc (peer to peer networking).
The type of cable doesn't matter if the network cards on both sides are auto sensing (they adjust them selves to the type of cable). The HF network card is auto sensing.

  1. Plug in the network cable in the HF and the AP
  2. Put the HF in Home Network
  3. Leave network configuration and answer Yes (saving your new configuration)

Now you can tell each and everybody that you have integrated your HF as a DHCP client in your LAN.
To check or to access the HF by LAN see How to find your Hifidelio.


Depending on the configuration of your WLAN you are probably using WEP or WPA.
The use of WPA is recommended as it offers better security.

WPA, WPA1 and WPA2
WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) has 2 implementations.
WPA or WPA1; it uses TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol)
WPA2 uses CCMP (Counter Mode CBC MAC Protocol). CCMP is a more secure and scalable solution compared to the TKIP method.
In both cases encryption is done by Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).
If you see WPA-TKIP in your AP it probably supports WPA1 like the HF.
If it supports WPA2 that’s nice but the HF don't.

WPA and firmware

If you have not already done so, upgrade to the latest version (2.3.18) when using WPA.

Getting information about your WLAN

WEP or WPA, your WLAN is protected against unauthorized use. So the HF can't connect to it automatically, you must supply a couple of parameters first.
You must know:

  1. Network name (SSID)
  2. Protection (encryption: none, WEP or WPA1)
  3. Key (password)

Access Point

Browse to the section where the encryption is specified.
If it says something like WPA2-PSK/WPA-PSK it supports WPA1 (and WPA2 but HF doesn't support WPA2)
PSK means Pre Shared Key so a common password used by all devices on this WLAN.
You must enter this password in the HF. So be careful not to make a typing error.




Open your network environment (yes I’am from the Netherlands)

Ask for properties


Select your network name and ask for properties

If you see something like WPA-PSK, your WLAN support WPA1 so the HF should be able to connect.



Press Search and select your WLAN.
If  SSID is on at the AP, the HF should list your WLAN under Network Name:

Key: The PSK, so the password. Should be exactly the same as on the AP.


WLAN and Internet


WLAN: If you are not using WLAN you can put it off (security). Otherwise it should be on.
Internet via: WLAN or Ethernet. In Home Network mode this means or you use WLAN or you use the cable (Ethernet) to connect the HF to your LAN. So in this case it should be WLAN.

LAN + WLAN = 2 LAN's + 1 Bridge

Toggling the setting of the HF between WLAN and Internet changes the IP-address of the HF.
It might happen that you have access to the HP by wire using e.g. and after switching to the WLAN it turns out to be
If you are using MAC-addresses to restrict access to your network, changing from wired to wireless means you have to add another MAC-address because the Ethernet hardware and the WLAN hardware have different MAC-addresses.

A LAN and WLAN are two different LAN's. The fact that they act like one is because inside the AP these two networks are bridged.
If you say “so what, should I really know?”, you’re perfectly right. But one day I simply didn't see a UPnP enabled device in my network. It turned out to be that my PC was using WLAN, the device was wired and the AP simply didn't bridge the two networks correctly.