3 Most Valuable Tips to Encrypt your Wireless Network


If you have Ethernet, USB cable, DSL or any other form that boost the range of your network from low to high, then there are chances that you might have switched to a range extender, wireless repeater or a booster. Now, coming to Netgear WiFi Range Extender Setup, you need your smart device (notebook PC, smartphone, laptop or a computer) properly connected to the Internet.


Most of our precious users are using their router for more than a couple of years. In that case, they tend and suppose to set their device with the latest firmware and to update them with the latest technology. If you have set up your device, then what about the encryption, did you turn this thing on? Maybe you didn’t and you might want to do so.
Below are some quick and nippy ways in order to find that your wireless network is using encryption or not.
1.       Open the wireless network settings of your smart device.
2.       In the list of available networks, look for the wireless network name (SSID).
3.       Confirm to see whether your wireless network consists of a padlock icon next to it or not. If it does not have, then it clearly means that you are using an outdated version of basic encryption, which is a lot worthy and much easy for hackers to hijack your network.
4.       Ensure that what your wireless network actually needs and being used to defend your home network. A WPA, WPA2 or something similar to it will likely to be shown.
5.       Suppose you see WPA2, then you might have to change the settings of encryption on your wireless device or a network possibly.
6.       Upgrade its firmware or switch to a new device if the existing one is too old to support WPA2 security.
Note: For your Netgear Extender Setup, mywifiext.net would be your default IP address.
Why WEP is weak and why do we believe to need such security?
Suppose if your network is wide open with lack of encryption than you are virtually inviting neighbors, freeloaders, intruders to steal as well as to ruin the bandwidth you are paying. Similarly, if you are experiencing the slow speed and interference between the Internet range and devices than there are chances that you have a bunch of persons leeching of your private and secure wireless network.
Long time ago, Wired Equivalent privacy (WEP) was known as the standard and extraordinary security for securing the entire wireless networks and devices. WEP was eventually known to crack the motive of hackers, later than WEP came. WiFi Protected Access (WPA) had flaws and was replaced by WPA2 security later. WPA2 was known to be the worst; by nowadays it is best known for protecting home-based wireless networks and devices.
If you tend to set up your WiFi device, then we would sugggest you to switch to the latest version of technology (WPA2 security). Install Netgear Genie app along with network firewall security. routerlogin.net on your device will help you in managing the protection of your entire WiFi system and also controlling your devices and the Internet from hacking and to keep them away from intruders.
How can you make possible the WPA2 security on your wireless device?
1.       Connect your device to the existing modem with the help of an Ethernet cable. After that you can connect any of your wired devices to the router following the same procedure.
2.       Turn on your devices by plugging them into an electric wall socket. Avoid high voltage and fluctuation.
3.       Launch a web browser and log in to administrator console page of your wireless router. This process can easily be done by typing the IP address (default) of your device into the field of address bar.
4.       Now, go for the manual steps, look for the evasion login credentials and fill them to the required fields.
5.       Locate the settings page under the Wireless Network or Wireless Security.
6.       Then look for the wireless security settings and change to WPA-PSK. In case you don’t see an option like WPA2 then you might have to upgrade your device to the latest firmware.
Note: If your router is too old for an update, than you have no option left to purchase a new device.
7.       Create an extra strong, unique and more than 12 characters filed with alphabets, digits and symbols with lack of dictionary words.
8.       Click on save and then apply the settings to your device.
9.       Reconnect all your devices and select the wireless network name by entering the new password on your device.
You should occasionally check the device manufacturer for firmware and security updates.

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