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What is an APN?

While playing with your phone, you may have come across the term APN settings. What is APN?

These settings allow your phone to interact with your wireless service provider. They are often used when your wireless service provider is a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator)… you know, like us. Every time you try to use data, your MVNO reads the APN settings to determine security measures, which network you need to connect to and more. These settings also allow you to connect to the Internet and use MMS picture messaging.

What does APN mean?

APN son las siglas de Access Point Name (nombre del punto de acceso). This is the setting that tells your mobile phone which virtual path to take to connect to the Internet.

Most commonly, the internet settings are configured automatically when you insert the SIM card into your mobile phone and you don’t have to do anything.

However, some phone manufacturers do not allow automatic remote configuration: Xiaomi, OnePlus, Lenovo, Nexus range, Asus and some Motorola and HTC models.

If your mobile phone is one of these, you will need to set it up manually by following the instructions below.

How does an APN work?

Access point names have two components:

1. A network identifier
2. An operator identifier

The first determines the gateway (which refers to a piece of hardware or software that allows data to flow from one network to another) to which your phone connects, while the second determines which mobile network operator is associated with that gateway.

Your phone reads your settings to establish a connection between you and your operator’s cellular network and the Internet. Your operator then reads these settings to generate an IP address and connect you to a secure gateway. In effect, an APN is a gateway between a GSM network and the Internet.

Why would I need to change the APN settings?

You may need to change the settings because you need to connect to a different network depending on your phone, or because you are setting up a new device for the first time or inserting a SIM card for the first time.

However, on most devices you will not have to change the settings.

¿Por qué tendría que cambiar la configuración APN?

You may need to change the settings because you need to connect to a different network depending on your phone, or because you are setting up a new device for the first time or inserting a SIM card for the first time.

However, on most devices you will not have to change the settings.

What are the most important APN settings?

There are four important APN settings:

APN: Access Point Name, also known as “APN”.
APN type: There are four APN types: generic, SUPL (secure user plane location), MMS (multimedia messaging service) and WAP (wireless application protocol, not to be confused with the Cardi B/Megan Thee Stallion song).
Generic, as the name suggests, is the default configuration of many operators.
SUPL establishes a secure connection to a server in your operator’s network.
MMS allows you to send multimedia messages, e.g. with pictures.
WAP: allows access to information via mobile wireless networks.
MMSC: Multimedia Messaging Service Center, required by most mobile virtual network operators.
Proxy: Some operators use it to create a proxy between the Internet and their network.

How can I configure my APN?

Don’t worry, at Axarfusion we have already thought of that for you. So we’ve put together a quick and easy tutorial to make sure you don’t have any problems setting it up.

Follow our link and you will be able to do so whether you are an Apple or Android device.

Go to the following link:


APN CONFIGURATION

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