The internet has become an essential part of our everyday life, with the pandemic the majority of everyone working from home, Wi-Fi security is a must. Make sure you check with you ISP about your internet speed, so you can ensure you have the correct modem and wireless router that will give you the best output speed.
I am going to give you a list of settings you will need to change to ensure home Wi-Fi security for your WFH office. Just follow my guide below, and you'll be online with your Wi-Fi secure and working safely.
Step 1: Placement of your wireless router
What is the best place to put your wireless router to broadcast the best signal through your home. If all possible, the best location is somewhere in the middle of your home with the least amount of obstructions and interference.
Step 2: Configure your wireless router
To configure your wireless router you will need to read the manual that comes with your new device and connect your router to your laptop or wireless device. The re-configuring of your wireless router is fairly easy to do as long as you follow the steps in the manual.
Step 3: Connect your modem to your new router
Connect the wireless router to your ISP modem. Make sure both, the modem and router are turned off. Then you connect your LAN cable aka network cable from one a network cable from the modem port to the WAN port on the wireless router. Turn the modem on first then turn the router on, wait a few minutes until the modem and router shows connected. Then connect to your wireless router.
Step 4: Change your wireless router’s admin password
Connect your computer to your router either by manufacture app or use the browser-based user interface by connecting to the router with a network cable. Your in box the user manual will have the steps you need in order to change the admin password.
Step 5: Update the router’s firmware
Most manufactures release a new firmware update for your router after it has been shipped. Most of the routers update their firmware automatically, the older routers will need you to log in and update the firmware manually. The new firmware may have critical bug fixes along with security and performance fixes. With that said, always make sure you update your firmware on your router and any device you have.
Step 6: Establish a password for your Wi-Fi network
Home wireless routers come with factory set pre-defined Wi-Fi network name and Wi-Fi password. Some even have the settings on the bottom of the router. This will allow you to log into the router and make the changes you need. You Wi-Fi password you have at least 8 characters with an upper case, lower case and special character. Make sure you configure your router to use WPA2 encryption. DO NOT ever use WEP encryption, this not a secure by any way. Hackers will be able to gain access to your wireless network in not time at all.
Step 7: Enjoy your Wi-Fi network!
Now you can to connect to your wireless network and be confident you have setup everything with the best security possible for WFH use. Later you can setup a guest Wi-Fi network, if you like.