How To Secure Wi-Fi
A smart, Internet-savvy person nowadays needs to know how to secure Wi-Fi. The branding "Wi-Fi" originated in 1999 to term wireless communications as regulated by IEEE 802.11, which standardizes it to this day. The Wi-Fi Alliance, its creator, promotes the branding heavily while approving items sold to consumers using its label.
Here's what is required to secure Wi-Fi:
- A high-speed Internet connection
- A Wi-Fi household network
- A router
- A Wi-Fi ready device
- Get a broadband connection via your ISP, with a router. This should be done prior to securing your network (as it actually constructs your Wi-Fi connections). The router should be able to connect to your Wi-Fi ready device with ease, and already plugged into the modem.
- Connect to your router by typing your IP address into the browser window. 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1, and 192.168.2.1 are the three most common default IPs. A quick Google search will show you just how to find your specific IP address.
- Enable encryption and set a password. Hopefully you have thought of a clever pass code by now. Set your encryption to WPA, not WEP (as it is often less secure, although easy to setup). A secure Wi-Fi connection needs a complex password.
- Fix some final quirks. This includes securing your network from remote administrating (trust us, you don't want that). Also make sure you disable remote login, enable MAC filtering, change the SSID to something different, and check with your ISP's manual for additional instructions.
Hopefully you have found out just how to secure Wi-Fi networks (yours in particular) from this manual. Information on Wi-Fi is vast across the Internet, and don't be scared to search any question you may have regarding IP addresses, broadband, or Wi-Fi in general. So long, and good luck, enlightened readers!