How To Setup Security Settings For Your Router

Posted: November 1, 2013 in Articles
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hide ssdMost modern routers ship in a secure state, but you still have to configure them to work with your devices. Depending on your router’s configuration and which operating system you use, this can be difficult or easy.

The Easiest Router Security Configuration

The easiest configuration option for your router is one-button configuration. If your router has a button on top and your computer or device supports one-touch configuration, simply start configuring your computer and press the button on your router when your computer tells you to.

Your router will send all of the information your computer needs and you will automatically be connected to the Internet. Your computer should save the configuration settings so you don’t need to press the router button again for that computer.

Configuring Your Router Manually

If you do need to configure your router manually for computers and devices which require a password, you first need to connect to your router. Either connect to your router using an ethernet networking cord or use a computer which supports the one-button configuration described above.

Once you can connect to the Internet, go to your router’s unique address. On most devices this is _http://192.168.0.1, _http://192.168.1.1, or (on some Apple devices) _http://10.0.1.1. If none of those addresses work, check your router documentation.

Your router will probably ask you for your username and your password. You need to check your documentation for this or search the Internet for the name of your router plus “password.”

After you login, look for a screen which says Wireless Settings or Wireless Security. On this screen, you can get or change the password computers use to connect to your router. This is not the same password you typed to log into your router.

Here’s a trick I learned: write the password on a sticky note and attach it to your router so anyone can look at your router and get the info they need to log in. (I assume that you want anyone who comes into your house to be able to connect to your router.)

More Security Settings

Modern routers offer you a bunch more security settings, but I don’t recommend messing with them unless you have a reason to change them. Here are some common settings:

•     Security type: various types of WPA and WEP may be mentioned. WEP is outdated and very insecure. WPA is secure. I recommend that you use the default unless the default is WEP.

•     Hide SSID. Your SSID is the code your router broadcasts to help you connect to it. If you hide the SSID, connecting to your router will be much harder for average users but no harder for hackers. I recommend that you continue to broadcast your SSID as it only makes is harder for the average computer user to connect to your network.

•     RADIUS key sharing lets computers automatically connect to your router if they have a special key. It’s mainly used for corporate and university wireless networking.

As I said, you probably don’t need to change any of these settings. Modern routers provide good security out of the box.

By Mitz Pantic

This article was contribtued by Milica Pantic (AKA Mitz) from Tips4pc.com. Confuguring your router correctly is the first step to making your network safe and all the devices that connect to it. Of course there are many more ways you can improve your network security but these basic tips will give you a great head start!

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