3 Most Valuable Tips to Encrypt your Wireless Network

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If you have an Ethernet, USB cable, DSL, or any other form that boosts 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 booster. Now, coming to NetgearWiFi Range Extender Setup& looking for network Netgear_ext SSID, you need your smart device (notebook PC, smartphone, laptop, or computer) properly connected to the Internet.

Most of our precious users are using their routers for more than a couple of years. In that case, they tend and suppose to set their device with the latest firmware and 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 to find out whether 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 If it does not, then it clearly means that you are using an outdated version of basic encryption, which is a lot worthy and much easy for hackers to hijack your network.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 needs is used to defend your home network. A WPA, WPA2, or something similar will likely 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.

Why WEP is weak and why do we believe it needs such security?

Suppose your network is wide open with a lack of encryption then you are virtually inviting neighbors, freeloaders, and intruders to steal and ruin the bandwidth you are paying. Similarly, if you are experiencing slow speed and interference between the Internet range and devices then there are chances that you have a bunch of persons leeching off your private and secure wireless network.

A long time ago, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) was known as the standard and extraordinary security for securing 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; 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 suggest you switch to the latest version of the technology (WPA2 security). Install the Netgear Genie app along with network firewall security. Mywifiext.net Login on your device will help you in managing the protection of your entire WiFi system and also control your devices and the Internet from hacking and keeping 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 the administrator console page of your wireless router. This process can quickly be done by typing the IP address (default) of your device into the field of the address bar.
  4. Now, go for the manual steps, look for the evasion login credentials, and fill them into 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 then you have no option left to purchase a new device.
  7. Create an extra strong, unique, and more than 12 characters field with alphabets, digits, and symbols with a 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.

Also Read: A Guide to Fix Netgear Router Orange Power Light Issue

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