who’s on your wi-fi?

Did you know if your Wi-Fi is not secure, every computer attached to your Wi-Fi is also at risk from unauthorized use, viruses and spyware?  Here are my recommendations for increasing your Wi-Fi security.

1.) Change your router’s default password: if you do not change the default password on your router, anyone with access to your Wi-Fi can login to your router. From here, they can kick you off of the internet at will and or monitor everything you do while connected to your Wi-Fi.

2.) Enable Encryption: most routers come with the encryption option disabled by default. Enable WPA2 and pick a secure password. WPA2 is preferred over the less secure WEP encryption.

3.) Enable Firewall: some routers have the software firewall disabled by default. The firewall is an added layer of security. It is like the building “doorman” to your Wi-Fi, choosing who to let in or not.

4.) Change the default network name and turn off network name (SSID) broadcasting: a non-broadcasting SSID makes for a more secure network. It doesn’t make your network invisible to would be hackers, but it does turn off the alert notifying everyone with a Wi-Fi receiver that your network is there.

 

Check the manufactures’ website for your specific router for detailed instructions. Here are the addresses for several manufacturers:

Apple Airport:  support.apple.com/manuals/#airport

Belkin:  en-us-support.belkin.com/app/product/list/q/routers/

D-Link:  www.dlink.com/support/

Linksys:  www.linksys.com/us/support/

NETGEAR:  www.netgear.com/support/

 

internet keep going down?

Do you have to keep resetting your router to restore your internet connection?

 

Wireless routers use a specific bandwidth or pool of channels. If you switch to a different bandwidth (ie from 2.4 GHz to 5GHz) you get a new set of channels to choose from. The 2.4GHz bandwidth is currently a very busy bandwidth. Many home wireless devices use 2.4GHz; even your CMP smart meter is on the 2.4GHz band.
 

On the 2.4GHz band, channels 1, 6, and 11 are the most frequently used. Since these channels do not overlap bandwidth, they are less likely to cause interference. On the 5GHz band, channels are further apart and therefore are less likely to suffer from interference.
 

If you have tried changing your channel and tried changing your band and you are still having problems. You can try updating the software running your router, the router’s firmware. This software is not automatically updated. You will need to login to your router and do a manual update.
 

FMI check out this article from Linksys, which contains generic router info that can be applied to most routers.
 

http://www.linksys.com/sg/support-article?articleNum=140565