How to get a Wi-fi connection at home in South Korea?

Can you imagine living in a modern society without the internet? It’s quite difficult to keep up with the world if you do not have wifi at home since most people are using it for entertainment, work, and school. Especially now during the pandemic, most people cannot leave the house and may have to work at home or take online classes and they’ll need wifi with quick speed, internet connections in South Korea can provide this for locals and non-locals. In this article, Ziptoss has made a guide for you on how you can set up your internet connection at home.

You can choose to have either wireless internet connection or have quick data speed, but for longer stays, it’s more convenient to freely connect to the internet at home, but how do you install your wifi router? Before installing the router, you’ll need to have a network.

In the case of renting an apartment, there are three methods to get a network license:

1. The homeowner provides a public network and directly connects to wifi

2. The homeowner will provide the network, but you’ll need to buy your own router, and you can use it after installation.

3. Buy your own network and router to install.

There are three major news agencies in Korea: KT, LG, and SK. KT, SK, and LG can all provide long-term wifi packages, and the contract time is three years minimum. If you want to withdraw halfway, you can only transfer them. On the other hand, KT can also handle short-term internet packages for 3 months, 6 months, and 9 months. The long-term price is usually cheaper than the short-term price, and the long-term internet package can also be paid monthly. However, if you are living in South Korea for a short time or if you’re moving frequently, you can consider a short-term wifi package.

Here are some official website prices(for reference only):

SK Wi-Fi

  • 1000 Mbps- 41,250 Won/month
  • 500 Mbps- 35,750 Won/month
  • 100 Mbps- 24,750 Won/month

LG Wi-Fi

  • 1000 Mbps- 40,700 Won/month
  • 500 Mbps- 35,200 Won/month
  • 100 Mbps- 24,200 Won/month    

KT Wi-Fi

  • Short-term internet(1000 Mbps, 500 Mbps, or 100 Mbps)- Cost = network fee + installation fee + security deposit.

The installation fee is around 27,500 won, and the deposit is 24,400 won for any wifi plan. For example, 500 Mbps for 3 months, the network fee is 110,000 won, the installation fee is 27,500 won, and the security deposit is 24,400 won; 500 Mbps for 6 months, the network fee is 198,000 won, the installation fee is 27,500 won, and the security deposit is also 24,400 won.   

*All fees must be paid in full, and the router will be returned within 6 months after the expiration date, and a deposit of 20,000 won will be refunded. You can log on to the official website and consult customer service (some communication companies have English customer service), choose the network that suits your situation, and open the network according to the official website instructions.

Installing the router wirelessly

If you’re buying from a Korean communication company, after making an appointment, a technician will install the main router on site. As for the wireless router, sometimes it is given by the technician, some can be rented from the communication company, and some need to be purchased. If you are required to buy a wireless router(homeowner’s private network or self-purchase network), the wireless router installation will be properly explained.

  • First, buy a router and network cable. You can buy wireless routers at G-market, Coupang(kupang), or large supermarkets nearby. In South Korea’s second-hand market and the group of foreign students in the same school, there will be people reselling routers, but always pay attention to identifying if they are legitimate to prevent scammers before purchasing the router. 
  • After purchasing the router, check whether the router and its configurations are in good condition, and read the manual carefully before installing.

The installation of wireless routers in South Korea is divided into the following steps:

1. Connect to the power.

2. Connect the network cable: If it is the case of the homeowner’s private network, buy a network cable, find the network cable socket on the wall, and connect it; If it is self-purchased wifi, the wireless router needs to be connected to the main router with a network cable.

3. Check your mobile phone’s wifi connection settings

4. Search for your own wireless router name (The one with the best signal and no password, or the name marked “Model” on the back of the router box).

5. Click to connect to your wifi.

6. Open the browser that comes with the phone, and automatically jump to the set page number.

7. When “Administrator ID(gwanlijaaidi)”, “Administrator Password(gwanlijabimilbeonho)”, “Wireless SSID(museon SSID)”, and “Wireless Security Password(museonboanbimilbeonho)” appears, the “Administrator ID(gwanlijaaidi)” and “Administrator Password(gwanlijabimilbeonho)” can be filled up and changed, but the “Administrator password(gwanlijabimilbeonho)” and “Wireless security password(museonboanbimilbeonho)” can not be set with the same password.

“Wireless SSID (museon SSID)”: Wifi name

“Wireless Security Password (museonboanbimilbeonho”: Wifi password

8. Confirm. Once the settings are successful, you can now use your wifi regularly.   

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