The image below shows the front panel of the ZTE MF612 modem. It has 4 LED lights for the Power Indicator, Wi-Fi Indicator, Internet Indicator, and RSSI Indicator. These LED indicators can help you in checking the status of your connection.
The table below shows the corresponding functions of the LED indicators. REMEMBER: the LED indicator that you need to check first is the RSSI because this shows the stability of the 3G signal strength, and second to that is the PPP LED for the internet connection.
Shown below is the ZTE MF612's back panel. It has one USB port for firmware upgrade, a WPS for your Wi-Fi connection, one phone jack, two LAN ports that you can use to connect two computers, a power button and an adapter input. Compared with other modems that use an internal antenna, the ZTE MF612 uses an external antenna, for a more powerful reception. Also, if you will notice in the picture below, this modem's LAN indicator is placed on top of its LAN port just like the one in your computer.
Now that you know the hardware components of the ZTE MF612, it's time to learn how to check the modem status and readings. First, open your browser and enter the MF612 default user address: "192.168.1.1". Then type "user" as your default username and password.
To check the status of your connection, simply click the ‘Basic Status' Menu, then check the ‘PPP Status'. This will help you know if you have internet connection. Like in this page, it shows that the connection is in disconnected state. Aside from the PPP connection, you can also see here the signal readings (RSSI, Ec/Lo).
Scroll down the page to see the WLAN and LAN connection status. Under the WAN status, you can check the security level and SSID for your WI-FI connection.
Now let's see how you can configure the Wi-Fi connection. Under the ‘Basic Status' Menu, select ‘Wi-Fi Setting' then click the ‘Station List' tab.
Next, click on ‘Wi-Fi Setting' then ‘Basic'. To configure the Wi-Fi connection, simply tick the ‘Wi-Fi On/Off' button to "enable". For the ‘Network Name (SSID)', put in your preferred connection name or just type "MF612". Then, set the ‘Broadcast Network Name (SSID)' to "enable" for you to make this visible to other users.
Scroll down then click ‘Apply'.
Nothing is better than a secured Wi-Fi internet connection. On the next page, you can configure the security settings! Under the ‘Basic Status' Menu, click ‘Wi-Fi Setting' then ‘Security'. Set the Security Mode to "OPEN", choose "WEP" as the Encrypt Type, and then set the Default Key to "Key 1". Once you're done, click on ‘Apply' button.
After completing the configuration steps, you now have the status page which shows the System Info table.