How to Set Up Netgear Router Securely?
Netgear understands that how important is it to make their Netgear Nighthawk routers and other devices user-friendly. Mostly, every Netgear router comes with a user manual. But somehow, some tech newbies are unable to understand the process to securely set up Netgear router. Therefore, here are a few security points to consider before configuring up the router.
Before Doing Netgear Router Setup Consider Updating Its Firmware Version
Updating the router firmware version before proceeding for the Nighthawk router setup is essential security protection to shield your local home network. Netgear often notifies you on ways to enable the latest patches and firmware updates.
Even you have an option to push the latest Netgear WiFi router firmware install automatically on your hardware. So, you have nothing to do. In case you want to confirm that your router is running the latest firmware version, then:
Visit the routerlogin.net web page.
Enter the Netgear router login credentials.
Hit on the ‘Firmware’ option, and then click on the ‘Check Online’ button.
If any latest firmware version update is available, it will automatically download and install with the click of Yes.
Try to Change Your Nighthawk Router’s Login Credentials
Most of the Netgear routers support default password created by the manufacturer. It may look complex to hack, but there is a good chance for hackers to crack it. These passwords or security keys are often to trace easily on the Internet.
Make sure you change the security passphrase key during the set up of the Netgear Router. Try to create a complex Netgear router setup login username & password that includes alphanumeric characters with multiple special symbols.
Always Use WPA2 To Secure Your Home Network
WPA2, aka WiFi Protected Access2 is majorly used wireless network security technology on routers. It is one of the most secured encryption options available to shield your WiFi router. Every data packet and network traffic pass through it, all they are in the encrypted form.
Try to Disable WPS
WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) was created for tech newbies with the intention for easier and quicker set up of the Netgear router when connecting new WiFi devices to a router within the same local network.
It basically works on the idea that all you need to do is press the WPS button present on the panel of your router and it will make pair automatically with your WiFi device.
The WPS uses a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to connect the device to the Netgear Nighthawk router to establish a communication between them. Because of this PIN, the WPS has a bad reputation in the network security field. This PIN can be easily hacked via using a coded patch.
Set Up a Guest Network
Setting up a guest network has its own benefits. It will not provide your guests with a unique Network SSID name and password, but it also restricts hackers from accessing your main wireless network where you connect your main computer. Visit www.routerlogin.net web page to set up a guest network.
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