Wireless connection networks have been an extremely useful tool in any respect, by providing convenience of connectivity through any deviceEither a desktop computer, laptop, smartphones, tablets, or video game consoles.
In order to enjoy this wonderful result of advances in technology, it is essential to have a router. These devices distribute the WiFi signal throughout your home or office.
Nevertheless, keeping your network open can lead to certain problems. A large number of devices connected to the same network could have the consequence that its performance is greatly impaired.
That is why it is important to familiarize yourself with this type of equipment, to know how to improve your safety and avoid this type of device congestion that can make internet service much slower.
One of the first steps you should take in order to optimize the security of your WiFi router is to familiarize yourself with the way you log in to your settings panel.
In order to access this panel or interface, it is necessary to identify the IP address. The vast majority of these teams, regardless of brands and models, usually coincide with the following addresses: “192.168.0.1“or”192.168.1.1“.
Router username and password
Once you enter the IP address (you could even view it in the base of your router), the system should ask you to enter a username and password. By default, the word “admin” is applied to both fields, so it is advisable to search the router’s configuration menu to change it.
These types of options are usually found in the passwords section. Change the name of the user and, of course, the name of the password that allows you to enter the router’s web interface.
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Another point of vital importance is related to the type of connection and password. One more time, it is not recommended that the network is free. Since a large number of people can connect without any authorization, causing your internet to become terribly slow.
Among the security options that any router can offer to protect you from WiFi invaders, is the use of the system “WPA2-PSK“, which allows the establishment of passwords up to 63 digits. The longer the password, the less chance there will be that someone can connect.
You can also consult on the web, different pages that are responsible for formulating random passwords, which can be really difficult to decipher. Of course, do not forget to write them down.
Hide your net from hunters
People hunting WiFi will always be on the lookout, ready to ask you for the key. One of the things that can give you away is the name of your network, which you have probably changed and put your name or the surnames of your family.
By default, the network name refers to the model, equipment brand and manufacturer, which makes it more apparent that it belongs to you. But … you can hide it.
Through the router’s configuration interface, you can make the SSID of your device not appear as an available network on other devices, going completely unnoticed.
Use security filters
Another very useful tool to optimize the security of your WiFi router is the application of inclusion or exclusion filters of devices. In this sense:
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- You could indicate which devices are authorized to connect to the wireless network. To do this, you will need the MAC address of each of those devices. Your network may be free, but if an unauthorized device tries connect to the network, you just won’t be able to.
- Similarly, you can apply exclusions, checking the list of devices connected to the wireless network and disabling them. Here you will also need to have knowledge of the MAC address of the device to be excluded.
Keep your network protected from intruders
Don’t wait too long to explore your router’s configuration interface and optimize the security of your WiFi network, so that you can avoid slow connections due to congestion of connected devices.
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