Occasionally, you’ll likely have to change the default wireless network to which the Denon S-32 Internet Radio and Network Music Player connects. Perhaps your Wi-Fi network has changed SSID names or passwords, or your office IT guru asks you to move your S-32 to a less busy wireless network at work. Or, perhaps you were connecting to a city Wi-Fi hotspot near your home that has since disappeared. In any of these cases, setting the saved network in the S-32 is not difficult. We’ll walk through the procedure below and include pictures of the radio’s screen faces.
Whether you’re changing from a still-functioning network, or from one that has gone, “off the air,” the radio re configuration routine is the same. But we’ll trace through the case where the radio tries and fails to connect to a wireless network, and from there, how you can change to one that is in range and working.
Note that if you’ve previously linked your radio to an account on the Denon Internet Radio Portal website (see link to this below), switching to a new Wi-Fi network will not erase your favorites and other settings on the radio. Once you get connected again, your stations will once again appear on this Internet receiver.
Before beginning, make sure your new wireless network is up and running, that the accessory Wi-Fi antenna that came with the S-32 is attached (on the back) and pointed straight up. Finally, if you have another wireless device, make sure that device can connect to your network.
1. Turn on the radio.
When you press the power button to switch the S-32 from standby mode to the ON more, you’ll see the, “Please Wait,” message. Its subtext, the bottom line, may show several messages. In the next picture, it’s displaying the, “Checking function…,” message.
After some seconds, the “Checking Function…” sub message disappears, and the radio just flashes the, “Please Wait,” message without any description of what it’s actually doing behind the scenes, as shown next.
The “Please Wait” message may blink for up to a minute when the S-32 cannot connect to its previously configured Wi-Fi network. However, if it had been able to connect, it would either begin playing the station you were listening to the last time you successfully played the radio. However, if you observe the behavior displayed in the next step, chances are that the radio is no longer able to connect to the saved Wi-Fi network. So read on to find out how to change the saved wireless network.
2. Last Internet station played successfully, does not play now.
When the radio cannot find or connect to the wireless network saved in its memory, you will notice, after an exceedingly long, “Please wait,” message displays, as shown above, that the, “Server error,” message displays, as pictured next.
This message remains onscreen for a few to ten seconds, and then is replaced by a kind of “Idle” screen, as shown next. This screen normally displays when a station stream is playing, and shows the station name, the percentage fullness of the stream buffer, and how long the stream has been playing since it was last started.
3. Navigate to the S-32’s Source menu.
Unless this music system is hopelessly locked up or frozen, pressing the Source button when the radio is on, as pictured below, brings up the Sources Selection menu.
Press and quickly release the Source button, and the Source Selection menu displays, as pictured next.
4. Navigate to the S-32 Setup menu.
Rotate the Volume / Selection knob left one notch. The Volume / Selection knob is located near the top front right corner of the S-32, as shown next.
This selects the Setup menu item. It’s the screwdriver and wrench pictogram on the screen, as shown next.
5. Enter the S-32 Setup menu.
With the wrench-and-screwdriver item highlighted as shown above, press and quickly release the Volume knob (Enter). The Internet radio then displays that menu as follows.
6. Navigate to the Network Setting menu item.
Turn the Volume knob until the Network Setting menu item is shown in black-on-white, as shown next.
7. Enter the Network Setting menu.
Press and quickly release the Volume knob. This brings up the Network Setup menu, as shown next.
9. Scan for available Wi-Fi networks.
If it’s not already selected, be sure that the Search menu item is highlighted, as shown in the previous picture. Then, quickly press and release the Volume knob. This initiates a 2.4 Ghz. band scan for available Wireless b/g networks. The S-32 displays three dots that flash on and off in progression, as it looks for qualifying networks. This scanning screen is shown next.
Note that the radio neither recognizes Wireless N nor Wireless AC access points. Nor will it see any network that broadcasts on the 5 Ghz. band. Therefore, in order to play this radio wirelessly, you’ll need a functioning and in-range 2.4 Ghz. 802.11 b/g router / access point.
After several seconds, the net scan completes, and the S-32 displays a list of the in-range Wi-Fi network access points (AP) that it found, on the “Select the AP” screen, as shown next.
10. Select your desired wireless network from the AP list.
If the network you wish to bind the S-32 with is not selected (highlighted in black-on-white), turn the Volume knob until it appears on the screen and is highlighted. In this scenario, we want the S-32 to log into the 937T681J4059H_2G Wi-Fi network, which is the first one on the list, and so, is already selected.
11. Initiate the connection with the new wireless network.
Then, quickly press and release (Enter) the Volume knob. After some seconds and perhaps a “Connecting to network” message, the system displays the “Enter Security Key” editor screen, as shown below.
If the selected network is “open,” the radio will immediately connect without prompting for a password. But we strongly recommend, and hope, that all your Wi-Fi access points are secured with WPA2 AES protocols.
Note that when the “Input Security Key” screen initially displays, it may show one or more password characters, hidden by stars (*), as pictured above. This seems to be the password for the last network the S-32 connected with. If the password for your new Wi-Fi network is the same as the last network entered into the radio, then skip the rest of this step, and move on to the next step. Otherwise, read on.
If the new network password is different from the old one, then you’ll need to erase this one. Do this by pressing and releasing multiple times, the Minus / Rewind key on the navigation panel, near the Volume knob, until all the stars are erased, and the “Enter Security Key” editor screen looks as follows.
12. Enter the security key (password) for the new wireless network.
You enter each password character by turning the Volume knob left and right until the desired character is visible at the insert point. Then, press the Plus / Forward key to place the current character into the password buffer, and move the insertion point / cursor to the next character position to fill. Find the Plus / Forward key to the right of the Volume knob. Pressing this key hides the last character position you filled, with an asterisk character.
Repeat this procedure for each character you wish to enter, until all the security key characters have been entered. After we entered all or ours, the “Input Security Key” screen looked as follows.
Note that when you enter the last character of the security key, do not press the Plus / Forward key afterwards. Note above, how our ‘1’ character, the last password character, is still visible. When you have no more characters to enter, quickly press and release the Volume knob instead of the Plus / Forward key. This terminates password entry and submits the entered key to the radio, which it then uses to attempt connection with the new wireless network, as discussed in the next step.
When you press the Volume knob here, you’ll then see the “Detail Setting” screen appear, as shown next.
Rotate the Volume knob until the “Connection” menu item is selected, as shown next.
13. Make the network connection.
Then, quickly press and release the Volume knob. The S-32 then attempts to log into the new wireless network while it puts up the following screen. It says, “Wireless Setup, Connecting, Please Wait.” This screen also provides status messages on the bottom line to give some indication of where in the connection process the radio is. You may also see other status updates such as, “Assigning Network,” “Checking Information,” and “Setting Parameter,”
After roughly fifteen seconds, the radio successfully completes the connection process. It takes somewhat long, because in addition to actually logging you into the new Wi-Fi network, the S-32 also exchanges data with the Radio Demon and related cloud resources (see References Section below for links), and these can respond slowly at times, lengthening this process a bit.
But eventually, all is done, and the S-32 displays the “Connection succeeded” screen, as shown next.
After several seconds, the S-32 returns you to the “Network Setting” menu. The “Exit” menu item is selected by default. At this point you could navigate to the “Detail” item to see the particulars about the current Wi-Fi connection. However, we leave this as an exercise for the so-inclined readers.
Instead, we just press the Volume knob on “Exit.” The S-32 then takes you to its main menu, where you can select from your favorites groups, and play your added stations. If this menu displays, as shown next, then you have successfully switched the Denon S-32 to a new Wi-Fi network.
14. Play a station, just to be sure.
Of course, the acid test is to verify that the radio will correctly play an audio stream on the Internet. So in this scenario, we navigated into our Favorites, and found the KYW News Radio 1060 stream.
- The comments in these instructions apply to S-32 radios running the latest firmware version, as of February 28th, 2015. Use the check-for-updates feature to verify that you’re running the latest version.
- Denon Internet Radio Portal Website
- S-32 Wireless Network Music System Owners Manual
- Where to buy the Denon S-32 Internet Radio
- 2015-09-27: Added tags.
- 2015-08-29: Originally published.