Cradlepoint PHS300 Technical information

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Quick Start Guide
Li-Ion Battery
AC Power Adapter
Wireless Setup using a Mobile Broadband
(cellular) Data Modem or Compatible Phone
Share Your Internet Connection With Up To
16 WiFi Enabled Devices (~150’ Range)
Connect Power Supply and USB modem.*
Then establish a wireless internet connection as shown below.
• Place your PHS300 anywhere in your home or office for the best signal
• Share your mobile broadband connection with all your WiFi enabled devices
such as: laptops, desktop PCs, printers, VoIP phone, PDA, and more
Connect mobile
broadband modems
* Mobile Broadband Modem not included. See your Mobile Broadband Service Provider for details.
Establishing a Wireless Internet Connection
Finding Your Password and Network Name
Identify the PHS300
find connection starting with “PHS”
Windows XP
Open your computer’s “Wireless Network
Connection” to associate with the router’s
“Wireless Access Point.” This is typically
completed by opening the “View Available
Wireless Networks” window. After you
have highlighted the PHS-xxx, click the
“Connect” button.
Windows Vista
Open Connect to a Network by clicking the
Start button, and then clicking Connect. In
the “Show” list, click “Wireless”. You'll see
a list of the wireless networks currently
available. Click on the PHS-xxx network,
and then click Connect.
Media Access Control Address (MAC Address)
is a unique identifier assigned to the PHS300
Your default password for your PHS300 is the
last six characters of the MAC Address
and can be found on the back of the unit.
Service Set Identifier (SSID) is used to identify
your wireless network name.
Your default Network Name will be PHS-xxx
You can change the name of your Network in
the Setup Wizard.
MAC: 00304402518b
When you register your product online, you will
be asked for your Serial Number.
If you need to do a factory reset, consult the
CradlePoint Knowledge Base for instructions.
LED Status Lights
Open your Mac’s wireless connection list
by clicking the “Airport” icon on your menu
bar. Highlight the PHS-xxx.
Turn your PHS300 OFF
when not in use for best battery performance
Connecting To The Router
1) Using either a Windows or Mac platform, open a
browser window. A default CradlePoint page will
appear asking for a password.
Indicates that recognizable cellular device is connected to the router.
Connection is Established
2) The password is the last six digits of the MAC
address shown on the box label and on the
bottom of the router. This is a unique number
identifying your router.
3) Once you have correctly entered your password,
click “OK”. You can now access the Internet.
Note: CradlePoint recommends that WiFi security
be setup at this point. See the “Setting WiFi security
on your CradlePoint Router” section of this guide.
Signifies that the WiFi radio of the router is “On”. Blinking indicates traffic.
Connection is Negotiating
Connection Not Made
Signifies the PHS300 power level.
Plugged into Wall Power, Internal Battery is Fully Charged
or Operating Remotely on Fully Charged Internal Battery
Plugged into Wall Power, Internal Battery is Charging
Battery Charge is Very Low
Setting WiFi Security on your CradlePoint Router
WiFi security is highly recommended by CradlePoint. WiFi Security is separate from the
User Login Page. Setting “WiFi Security” on your router prevents users from connecting their
computers to your router unless they have your wireless security password.
Follow The Steps Below To Set The WiFi Security:
1) Access your router administration page by opening your browser and typing in the address bar.
2) Enter your default Administrative password. This password is the last six digits of the
MAC address found on the label on the bottom of the router. Once you have entered
the password, click LOG IN.
6) Enter a NEW PASSWORD.
7) Select your TIME ZONE from the drop down menu and select NEXT.
8) Enter a new name for your network in the WIRELESS NETWORK NAME (SSID) field.
9) Select your security mode: GOOD for WEP, BETTER for WPA and BEST or WPA2.
(Make sure your PC or other devices support the mode you choose.)
10) Enter a personalized WEP or WPA Key. You may want to write it down for future reference.
3) Click on the BASIC tab.
11) Select NEXT then SAVE SETTINGS on the setup complete page, which will save
and then reboot your router to operate based on your new security information.
4) On the left panel, click WIZARD.
You’ve now secured your CradlePoint router from unintended WiFi access.
Your USB Modem or Phone Does Not Work With the Router
You are Connected to the Router but Cannot Connect to the Internet
1) If your USB data modem or phone is not working with the router, check the list of supported
devices to ensure you are using a supported device and carrier. The device you’re using
must be supported on the carrier network providing your cellular service or it’s considered
an unsupported device, even if it is supported on another carrier’s network.
The status LEDs of your router will give you an indication whether or not a proper connection is
being made. See the LED STATUS definitions below:
CradlePoint’s supported device list changes regularly. We update our supported device list
after a device is certified and approved. If the device you have is NOT on the list, that means
we do not support it at this time.
1) If the NETWORK CONNECTION light is not illuminated, your modem is not connected
and online. You may need to update your firmware. Refer to “Your USB Modem or
Phone Does Not Work With The Router.” If, after updating, you are still not online, call
CradlePoint Technical Support for further assistance.
The SUPPORTED DEVICE list can be found at:
2) If the routers’ lights are showing that you are online (green), try the following steps:
2) Sometimes a USB data modem needs to be updated or have other configurations set correctly
in order to make a connection through the router. If your USB Modem has not been updated
recently, it is recommended that you do so if it is having trouble connecting to the CTR350.
Simply insert your USB data modem into your PC and using the software provided by your
cellular carrier, access the Internet. Follow the directions provided to complete the update.
Once you have updated your USB data modem, reconnect the cellular device to your
CradlePoint router and connect to the Internet.
a. Click on START.
b. Click RUN.
c. Type “inetwiz” into the text box and click OK.
d. Internet Connection Wizard will launch.
f. Uncheck all the boxes on this page and click NEXT.
g. Select NO to setting up an Internet Mail Account and click NEXT and FINISH.
If, after following the above directions, you are still unable to access the Internet,
contact CradlePoint Technical Support for further assistance.
My WiFi-enabled Devices Can’t Get Past The Login Page
I Need To Update My Firmware
Some electronic devices may experience problems handling the Internet Access User Login setting.
Devices that commonly have trouble are, but not limited to:
• Wireless Printers
• iPod Touch
• most WiFi-enabled Video Game Systems
• iPhone
• most WiFi-enabled Devices that are not PCs or Macs
• Wireless VoIP Phones
To support the latest features, modems, and phones, follow the directions below:
1) Access your router administration page by opening your browser and typing in the address bar.
2) Select the TOOLS tab on the top navigation, then the FIRMWARE menu on the left.
3) Select One-Button Firmware Update for easy firmware updates.
To Allow These Devices Access, follow the instructions below to disable the user login.
1) Access your router administration page by opening your browser and typing in the address bar.
2) Go to the TOOLS tab on the top navigation, then the USER LOGIN menu on the left panel.
3) Uncheck the REQUIRE USER LOGIN check box.
4) Scroll to the top of the page and click SAVE THE SETTINGS, which will save and reboot the
router with your new configuration.
Note: Because the User Login page adds security and access control to others connected to your router,
you may need to enable additional security features such as WEP, WPA, or MAC Address Filtering (if you
are not already doing so) when turning off the User Login Page. See the “Setting WiFi Security on your
CradlePoint Router” section of this guide for details.
If you experience problems, you can also install the firmware manually.
1) Download the new firmware by going to
2) Select the TOOLS tab on the top navigation, then the FIRMWARE menu on the left.
3) In the FIRMWARE UPGRADE section, click BROWSE.
4) Browse for the new firmware file you downloaded in Step 1 and click OPEN.
5) Click the UPLOAD button. The upgrade process can take a minute or two.
Regulatory Information
Still Have Questions?? visit
(208) 424-5054 Option #2
Monday-Friday 7:00am to 7:00pm MST
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. This device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning
the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try and correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio or television technician for help.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by CradlePoint, Inc. could void the user’s authority to operate the product.
Radio Frequency Interference Requirement - Canada
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Warranty Information
CradlePoint, Inc. warrants this product against defects in materials and workmanship to the original purchases (or the first
purchaser in the case of resale by an authorized distributor) for a period of one (1) year from the date of shipment. This warranty
is limited to a repair or replacement of the product, at CradlePoint’s discretion.
Within thirty (30) days of receipt should the product fail for any reason other than damage due to customer negligence, purchaser
may return the product to the point of purchase for a full refund of the purchase price.
If the purchaser wishes to upgrade or convert to another CradlePoint, Inc. product within the thirty (30) day period, purchaser
may return the product and apply the full purchase price toward the purchase of the other product. Any other return will be
subject to CradlePoint, Inc.’s existing return policy.