Change Default Password on a Network Router

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Every network routers are managed with a special administrative account. The router is set to a default user name and password for the account at the factory. The same settings are used by all the equipment.

In order to improve the security of the network it is required to change the administrative password. This is to be done immediately after the installation of the whole unit. There are steps to be gone through to change the default password on a common network router. These steps may vary based on the specific model of the router that is used but the process may be in a similar in any case of such router settings.

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Steps to be followed:

The interface of the admin is to be determined and it is to be entered in the browser:

  • The present day wireless network routers are mostly administrated by the web browser. Therefore it is required to find out the routers’ administrative interface and connect to it.
  • Most of the manufacturers have a default IP sub net set that helps to determine the router’s IP address that accesses to the administrative interface. 
  • It is required to consult the manual of the router for correct address.

Log in to the network router:
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  • Next step is to log in to the administrative console with the help of a web browser and current password and user name.
  • If the administrator default name is not changed then the default admin password is can be located form the router manufacturer’s website.

Navigation:

  • Navigation to the router’s appropriate administrative console or the security section where the setting is provided to change the password.
  • In the administration tab the option will be directly available.
  • Click on this button to open the setting to rest the password.

Strong password setting:

  • After the SSID is settled it is required to enter the Pre-Shared Key and now the password is to be selected at random and complex to escape from the hackers.
  • It is preferred to follow the guide for the best security practice.
  • After setting the new password it is required to turn off the “allow admin via wireless” setting off so as to administrate the router.
  • Finally save the password after it is reentered for confirmation.

Routers with a generic user name and password to the log in device’s setting for web tool management. In order to avoid others from credential log into the network router it is essential to change the settings otherwise there may be chance for illegal usage and even can lock the network. To avoid such problems it is essential to change the network’s password.

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How to Setup a Guest Network

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When more number of devices are to use the network then it is suggested to not to mention the number of devices to use the network. If this is not done then it will slow down the home network and bandwidths.
It is required to be more potential with security issues. To ensure the network run optimally and with high security it is required to follow few tips to get the problem solved. Many routers by default will support guest routers with the creation of an additional SSID for the guests to access the router and use the internet connection. The main thing to be considered on guest network is the utilization of any resources and share of the files or folders that are generally not accessible to the guest that is connected to the guest SSID.

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Steps:

  1. Turn on guest network:

In order to enable the guest network the router’s management interface is to be connected. This can be easily done by the browser that is opened in the default IP address of the router. It can be done on a simple windows machine where the cmd in the command prompt search bar on the desktop. ipconfig is to be typed at the command prompt. The IP address will be the numbers to the right of the Default Gateway. After this process most of the routers will prompt for login details as admin username and password to get accessed to the network. If these details are not known then there is a need to reset the router settings. These settings may vary from router to router and also depends on wireless settings.
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It is essential to have an SSID for 2.4GHz band or 5GHz for dual band routers if the visitors want to get connected to both the networks. The routers can be created with a guest SSID name to enable guest network usage with the router.

  1. Resources to protect the password:

The network resources that are shared are to be protected with passwords. The network and sharing center can facilitate the passwords to the share folders with advanced settings. It is required to turn on the radio button provided for protected share in the all network option. This setting will require the setting that enables the folders and file access with user name and password.

  1. Guest accounts creation on devices:

It is a better idea to create guest accounts to deny the usage of devices without the permission of the administrator. It can be done with the usage of the control panel. There are facilities to delete stored passwords or used passwords in cloud. It is suggested to clear all the caches from the browsers on the machines.

  1. Dual band routers and Two SSIDs for each band:

Many people don’t use the dual-band routers. They will be operated with two bands simultaneously that is separate networks can be chosen for each band to connect the devices to them. 5GHz band will be more robust to 2.4GHz band. The SSID can be edited in the wireless settings as per our requirement from the router’s management interface.

  1. Enable the QoS:

The Quality of Service is a feature that is used to prioritize the data traffic of different data types. These QoS rules are to be adjusted manually. It is enabled in a router’s management interface where it settings vary from router to router. It can enhance the performance that includes Wi-Fi multimedia and control on bandwidth.

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  1. Router firmware update:

       It is essential to make sure about the router’s firm ware up-to-date. These are done with in the interface of the router. There is a button with in the interface and here the router can check the website of the manufacturer for the latest software. The dated routers need the visit to the vendor’s site to download the firm ware for router’s management interface and browse to the files to apply the update.

  1. Modem firm ware update:

The ISP is a bad idea to check for the latest firmware update as it may affect the   double check.

  1. Enable the Mac filter:

This tool enables the network accessed by the guests to deny or else allow the network MAC address that is specified by the administrators. This filter will enable the access the devices you want on the MAC address.

  1. DHCP setting:  DHCP client range will restrict the number of devices that are connected to the networks. As this DHCP will assign the IP address automatically to get connected to any device it is better to set it to be in a preferred range.
  1. Parental controls:

These days the routers are increased in the bundles of parental controls or clouds services in the management interface of the router. It is a better idea to have built in parental controls in router settings. This helps to block the content on internet by category.

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