The Book Port Plus media player and recorder, from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), utilizes Wi-Fi networks for streaming audio content from Internet Radio stations, playing podcasts, and in the future, for downloading talking books directly from the National Library Service for the Blind (NLS) via their Internet portal. This is a small and highly portable eBook reader. So you’ll likely wish to listen to it at numerous locations, and thus, on different wireless networks. Or, you may wish to switch to a different wireless access point (WAP) within your own home. Perhaps you’ve upgraded your router or added a Wi-Fi range extender that you’d like the Book Port Plus to automatically connect to, instead of your primary wireless network. This post explains how to change the default Wi-Fi network to which the Book Port Plus automatically connects when in range, to accommodate these situations.
Note in the picture above, that the APH Book Port Plus has no screen. Instead, it speaks its configuration options and their current values, as well as any status details, via a clear audio voice. Therefore, as we work through the procedure below of connecting the Book Port to a different Wi-Fi network, instead of showing screen shots, we’ll quote what the Book Port Plus says back, as we drill through the various configuration menus by way of the keyboard.
Also, whether or not the Book Port Plus is connected to a wireless network, the procedure for linking it to one, or changing to a different one, is essentially the same. Therefore, not only can you switch Wi-Fi networks with these instructions, but can connect the Book Port Plus for the first time to Wi-Fi.
Procedure for Changing Connected Wireless Network on APH Book Port Plus
1. Power on the Book Port Plus. Press the green power / sleep button, near the top right corner of the front panel, as highlighted in the next picture. If your Book Port is completely powered down, press and hold the Power / Sleep button until the musical BLONG sound plays, followed by the “Please wait” message. After a half minute or so, the “wait music” plays until the unit reads the folders on the inserted SD card. Depending on how many files you’ve saved to the SD card, this wait can be short or long. The more files present, the longer the Book Port Plus will take to read their information into its internal memory. On the other hand, if your Book Port is in “Power Save” mode, the start-up process takes significantly less time. But in either case, you’ll eventually hear the machine announce the current SD card folder. Ours says, “SD card, web radio, KQV 1410,” followed by the “speech concluded” bling sound. At this point, the Book Port Plus is ready to be reconfigured to connect to a different wireless network.
2. Press the MENU button. The MENU button is located just below the Power / Sleep button on the right side of the front panel, as circled in pink, in the next picture. In response to pressing this, the machine says, “MENU. Edit. Use right or left arrow to choose item. Press down-arrow to select or up-arrow to cancel.” Then the “prompt” music plays until you press other keys. The Book Port Plus is now waiting for you to make a MENU selection.
3. Find the “Network Settings” menu item. Use the left and right arrow keys, circled in the next picture, to move up and down through the menu until the machine announces the “Network Settings” menu item. If you’re running the current Book Port firmware, a single press of the left arrow key takes you to network settings. Once you find it, move on to the next step below.
4. Select Network Settings. Press the Down arrow key to navigate into the Network Settings sub menu. The Down key is highlighted in pink in the next picture. Upon pressing the Down key, the Book Port then says, “Network Information,” and the prompt music plays.
5. Verify that wireless networking is enabled on your Book Port. You won’t be able to connect to ANY wireless network unless the wireless radio in this device has been turned on. Do this by finding the “Enable or Disable Wireless Network” menu item using the Left and Right Arrows. Press Enter. Then, the machine says, “Enter. Enable” if the wireless capabilities are ON, and, “Enter. Disable” if they’re turned off. If OFF, use the Left and Right Arrow keys to navigate to the “Enable” item, and then press the Enter key. The machine then says, “Enter. Set.” You have now enabled wireless networking on the Book Port Plus.
6. Find the “Wireless Network” menu item. The previous step, verifying that Wi-Fi is turned on, probably kicked you out of the Settings menu. So repeat steps 2 through 4, then return here to continue.
To continue, use the Left and Right arrow keys to navigate around in the Network Settings menu, until you locate the “Wireless Network” menu item. On ours, you press the Right arrow key four times. Arrow through each menu item slowly enough to hear the Book Port speak the name of each menu item as you pass through it.
7. Navigate into the “Wireless Network” menu. Press the Down arrow key to do this. The Book Port Plus then says, “Enter. Available wireless networks.”
8. Select the “Available Wireless Networks” menu item. Press the Down / Enter key to select. This initiates a scan of the 2.4 Ghz. Wi-Fi band as the wait music plays. While you wait, the Book Port Plus looks for in-range wireless networks and builds a list of them that you’ll be able to pick from later. Note that this device is not designed to see 5 Ghz. networks. So these Wi-Fi access points will not be listed.
When the network scan completes, the Book Port Plus announces the SSID (name) of the first wireless network it found.
9. Locate desired Wi-Fi Network in list. If the first named network is not the one you want, use the Left and Right Arrow keys to move forward and backward in the list of in-range wireless networks, until you find the one you with to connect with. In our scenario here, the Book Port says, after its scan, “937T681J4059H2G disconnected. There is no connection setting. Signal strength, very strong.” This is the SSID we wish to connect. If it was not however, we could navigate through the list until we found the desired Wi-Fi network.
Now we have observed that sometimes, the desired network does not appear in the list. If you experience this, verify, using another wireless device if you have one, that the desired network is in fact, broadcasting. If it appears in the in-range Wi-Fi networks list on THAT device, then it is. If it does not appear, then troubleshoot your wireless router / access point, and return to this step once you’ve solved the problem(s).
However, if your desired SSID appears on your other device, but not on the Book Port Plus, there may be interference on the current Wi-Fi channel that is preventing your Book Port from seeing the wireless network you want. We have seen this occur, and found that changing the wireless channel on our wireless access point (WAP) usually solves this problem. Try changing channels there (note that some WAPs require rebooting for this change to take effect). Once your WAP has rebooted, press the Up Arrow key once to back out of the scan results list, and then repeat step 7 above (the scan-for-wireless-networks step).
10. Select the desired wireless network. Once you’ve located the desired Wi-Fi network in the previous step, and the machine has just announced it, press the Down Arrow / Enter key. In our case, the Book Port Plus then says, “Security mode WPA2 PSK AES has been detected. Enter password. No password. ABC.”
11. Enter network password. Use the digit keys to enter the correct wireless password. (We assume here that you know about how to enter letters using the number keys, so will not describe how to do this here.) When finished entering the password, press the Down Arrow / Enter key. The Book Port Plus then says, “Enter, Set. Stealth mode OFF.”
12. Select through all other settings for this connection. Press the Down Arrow / Enter key again. The Book Port Plus says in response, “Enter. OFF. DHCP Setting Enable.”
Press Down Arrow / Enter again. The Book Port Plus then says, “Enable. Proxy server setting. Disable.”
Press the Down Arrow key again. The machine then says, “Enter. Disable. Set. Connecting to 937T681J4059H2G.” The waiting music then plays for some seconds, and finally, the Book Port Plus says, “Connected. 937T681J4059H2G. This network will connect automatically from now on.”
Note that the network name you hear will probably be different than ours here.
Your Book Port Plus has now been configured to connect to a different in-range wireless network, and will do so automatically whenever in range of it.
Cautions and Warnings
If the previous wireless network you were using is still in range, and you wish to prevent the Book Port from inadvertently connecting to it, then you must delete the network information for the old network from memory. To do that, navigate to “Network Settings->Wireless Network->Change or Delete Wireless Network.” Press Enter. With the Left and Right Arrow keys, navigate through the saved networks list, locating the old network. Then press Enter. Again, use the Left and Right Arrow keys to find the “Delete Wireless Network” option. Press Enter here. The Book Port Plus then says, “Enter. You are about to delete 937T681J4059H2G. Are you sure?” Press Enter here. The Book Port then responds, “Wireless network 937T681J4059H2G deleted.”
Again, note that the network name you hear will probably be different than ours here.
These instructions apply to Version 6 of the Book Port Plus firmware.
- 2016-01-17: Added more appropriate tags.
- 2015-10-01: Added appropriate tags.
- 2015-08-18: Originally published.