5 Reasons to Set Up a Guest Network on Your Router

MakeUseOf | 11/22/2019 | Christian Cawley
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Your router is a gateway to the internet. It’s also an entry point for hackers looking to exploit vulnerabilities. Do you trust your router to protect your network?

One way to increase Wi-Fi security is to set up a guest network on your router. Here’s how to do that, and five reasons why a guest wireless network improves network security.

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A guest network is a network that runs parallel to the standard network on your router. Both originate with the same router, but they have different SSIDs (Service Set Identifier, the broadcast name of the router).

It’s easy to set up a guest network on a router.

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That is, assuming your router has a Guest Network option. Because wireless routers are so different from manufacturer to manufacturer, specific instructions for this are tough to explain.

So, in very general terms, you have two options to set up a guest network:

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Whether your router supports guest networks will determine if you can use it or not. If the router has no guest network option, you might consider installing DD-WRT or some other custom router firmware.

But why do you really need a guest network setting up on your router? These five points should convince you.

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Hackers want your data. They want to control your devices, force you to pay for release, sniff around for interesting data, steal your identity, that kind of thing.

You can take steps against this by securing your router.

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7 Simple Tips to Secure Your Router and Wi-Fi Network in Minutes

Is someone sniffing and eavesdropping on your Wi-Fi traffic, stealing your passwords and credit card numbers? Would you even know if somebody was? Probably not, so secure your wireless network with these 7 simple steps.

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For the best results, ensure you have changed the default password on your router. Also, take the time to change (or even...
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