Do you ever find yourself asking how to set up Bell WiFi pods so you can extend your home’s WiFi? We’ll show you the entire process from start to finish.
You are starting to notice some dead sports around your home, especially in your favourite spots.
Of course, it’s annoying losing your WiFi in the middle of an urgent work call or watching a movie. Getting Bell WiFi pods will easily solve this issue.
To set up your Bell WiFi pods, you will first need to get the Bell WiFi app. It’s the app that will help you control your mesh pods. You will then need to get one of the pods and connect it to your modem using an ethernet cable. Turn it on, then power up the rest of the pods, positioning them in the most optimum spots around your home.
Before getting Bell WiFi pods, you want to assess your home and network. You want to determine if you really need a mesh system before setting it up.
Having WiFi pods at home is a convenient way to improve your network. Large homes are prone to connectivity issues.
If you are experiencing dead spots or bad internet overall, you will want to get Bell’s WiFi pods.
Here are some of the top reasons why you want to get a mesh system and install it in your home:
1. Extend WiFi Coverage
The modem that your internet provider will give you is usually not enough. This is especially true if you have a larger home and you want to cover every inch of it with WiFi.
2. Eliminate Signal Dead Spots
Depending on the design of your home, you might have more dead spots than usual. One router is usually not enough, and there will be places where you will not have a signal at all.
3. Improve Internet Reliability
Obstructions and interference can also affect your connectivity. Your router may cover every inch of your home, but it can get frustrating if it drops every few minutes.
4. Lots of Connected Devices
Your router can only connect so many devices. Spreading these across multiple routers will ease the load and improve your overall internet connectivity.
Before you jump into the process of activating your Bell WiFi pods, you want to make sure that you really need to extend your network.
If you are experiencing any of the issues described above, you will want to contact Bell so you can add the pods to your current plan.
Now that you have decided to get them, let’s look at the steps on how to set up Bell WiFi pods:
The first step you need to take if you want to improve your network coverage is installing the Bell WiFi app.
It’s an app that will allow you to have better control of your network. At this point, you really just want to have it ready on your phone.
Once you plug in the pods to the wall outlet, you will need the app to get it up and running correctly.
Here are the steps to install the Bell WiFi app on your phone:
- For iOS devices, go to the Apple App Store.
- For Android devices, go to Google Play Store.
- Search for Bell WiFi and download the app.
Note: Wait for the download and installation process to finish before opening the app.
After installing the app, you will need to log in and prepare to set up your WiFi extenders.
This step is on here because there are a couple of ways to log in to the app. Each method does come with slight differences in terms of the features of the app you can access.
Here’s how to log in to the app so you can change the settings of your network:
- Log in using your MyBell username and password.
- This method gives you access to all the features of the app.
- You can log in even when you are not connected to the WiFi.
- Connect to your home WiFi network.
- Open the Bell WiFi app.
- Access to settings is limited to blocking websites.
Note: It’s recommended to log in using your MyBell credentials to give you full access to your network’s settings.
Now that you are ready on the software side, it’s time to look at your hardware and start setting them up.
The Bell WiFi pods pack is usually a set of two or more devices.
These devices will be identical, so you can get any pod and position them around your home to maximize your connection.
The pods work with your Bell home hub router, and all you really need to do is plug them in and leave them to connect to each other.
Here’s how to set up your first WiFi pod:
- Log in to the Bell WiFi app.
- Choose Install pods or go to Menu, then Set up new pods.
- Tap each pod to activate them.
- Name each pod by selecting one from the drop down menu.
Pro Tip: While you are activating each pod, make sure that you and your phone are near each pod every time you plug them in.
This allows the app to detect them and quickly connect them to a mesh network.
Finally, you want to make sure that all your pods are working. You will be able to confirm this on the app as you will be able to see the structure of your wireless network.
They do not have notification lights to show you if they are working. That’s why you are going to rely on the Bell WiFi app.
Here’s how to confirm your pods work using the app:
- Open the Bell WiFi app on your phone.
- Go to Network and look at your WiFi structure.
- Check if the pods you named appear on the network map.
- If a pod does not appear, pull its plug from the socket.
- Wait for 10 seconds and plug it in again.
Note: Now, you will be able to see your entire network on the app.
You can check the devices that are connected to each node of your network.
You can even send passwords to guests via text or email so they can seamlessly connect when they come to your home.
If you continue to experience difficulties setting up your WiFi pods, contact Bell for technical assistance. They are responsive and should help you resolve your issues.
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The Bell WiFi Pods is an easy mesh system to install. As long as you have a Bell router as the hub, the pods are virtually plugged and play. Simply find a suitable position for each pod and plug them in. Use the app to name them and make them part of your home’s wireless network.
Now that you know how to set up your Bell WiFi pods, you can get rid of dead spots in your home.
This will make work or play a lot smoother, thanks to a faster and more reliable wireless connection.
Follow these steps carefully, and you will be on your way. You can always contact Bell if you are looking for more help.
Finn Wheatley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UCL, London. He helped small data science consultancy firms, helping large corporations to grow their data capabilities, deploy advanced machine learning-based analytics and troubleshoot tech-related issues. Check out more about him here.