Setting up a Netgear router provides you with a fast and reliable internet connection to access in every nook and cranny of your house. However, your Netgear router is prone to various attacks from anonymous people. Therefore, it is important to secure your Netgear router network, don’t you think?
In order to change the security settings of your Netgear router, there is a need to access the web-based setup page of the device using 192.168.1.0 or 10.0.0.1 IP. Once you log in to your Netgear router successfully, you can customize its security settings and make it secure from potential threats.
Don’t know how to secure your Netgear router network? Need not to worry! We’ve got you covered! In this post, we will provide you some effective tips that will help you to make your Netgear router secure. Let’s get the ball rolling!
Tips to Secure Your Netgear Router Network
- Change the Default Netgear Router’s Admin Credentials
Your Netgear router comes with a default username and password. Hackers can easily crack the default Netgear router login details. Therefore, it is important that you change the default login credentials to something unique, strong, easy-to-remember, and hard-to-detect. On the off chance you need assistance for changing the default router login credentials, feel free to ask our competent experts anytime.
Note: It is strictly recommended – do not use your personal information such as your mobile number, birth date, vehicle number, anniversary date or spouse name as a passphrase (network key). We suggest using numbers, alphabets, and special characters along with upper case and lower case in the password (security key). Apart from that, we advise you note down the password so that you won’t forget or loose it in future.
- Disable Netgear Router’s SSID (Network Name)
When you set up your Netgear router, you will be asked to create a SSID and password that is visible publically. The router’s SSID (when publically visible), anyone can connect to it without notifying you. That is why, we suggest you disable the router’s SSID. As a result, your router’s WiFi will not appear in the list of available and active WiFi networks and the hackers or the unknown people will not be able to steal your bandwidth and personal information.
- Turn On Network Encryption
Another most effective way to secure your Netgear router is to enable or turn on its encryption. WPA2 is one of the most secured encryptions type to use for your Netgear router in order to secure it from potential threats. On the off chance, if your Netgear router is 2-3 years old, then you should upgrade it in order to use the WPA2 encryption.
- Update Your Router’s Firmware
Updating Netgear router’s firmware on a regular basis can help you a lot in securing your WiFi network. The latest firmware versions come with bug fixes, new features, and improved security. So, log in to your Netgear router using 192.168.1.0 or 10.0.0.1 IP and search for the updates available for your device. And if you find any available firmware updates for your Netgear router, follow the on-screen instructions.
Bonus Tip: If you find the on-screen instructions to update your router’s firmware a bit tricky, download and install the Netgear app.
- Turn Off Your WiFi
To keep your Netgear router secure from potential threats, there is no need to keep your WiFi on 24/7. So, we recommend to turn off your router’s WiFi when you are not at home. Doing so will lessen the risk of hacking and increase the speed of your WiFi network.
Bonus Tip: Whenever you turn on your bandwidth after turning it off, it is advised to Ping 192.168.1.1 and test your internet connection.
That’s it! So, did you find the tips given in this post easy to apply in securing your WiFi network? Do share your feedback with your fellow-readers via comments.