5 Settings to Change on Your New Router
Let’s face it – once you start setting yourself up in a new apartment or house, there are plenty of things you need to do before being completely comfortable. And seeing as we’re living in 2019 – one of the most basic home utilities that you need to take care of is your Internet connection. These days, this is something that’s as elementary as water or electricity. Basically, until you have your Internet connection installed, you can’t really say that you’ve got your life up and running.
And that means setting up your router for some basic Wi-Fi router. But if you’re not particularly tech-savvy, you may not know what you need to do when it comes to the settings to change on your new router. Don’t worry, though – we’re here with a couple of pointers on that! Bear in mind that the specific names of these options may differ from provider to provider, but you should get the general gist of it from here.
Setting up the Name and Password of Your Network
So, you want a new network name and password for your router. No problem! This is really one of the most basic settings to change on your new router; you don’t want anyone using your Wi-Fi without permission, right? With that in mind, you’ll have to log into the mobile app or website of your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Once you log into your personal account, you’ll find a plethora of settings and options. However, at this point, you should just look for the Wi-Fi, or general network settings.
There should be some sort of Edit option here, where you’ll be able to change the default randomly generated password, and the name of your network. If you ask us, you should take great care when choosing a password. It should be something that you definitely won’t forget, but also something not easy enough for everyone to guess.
Picking the right security mode
When it comes to the security settings to change on your new router, setting up a good password is a good first step; but remember, only the first. Once you’ve done that, you’ll have a fairly secure wireless connection that people who are just passing by won’t be able to access without your permission. However, there is still something else to do. You need to see if you’re using a WPA2 or WPA security encryption.
WPA is actually short for Wi-Fi Protected Access. This is a more modern, 256-bit version of an older WEP standard encryption, which was also weaker. The latter is based on a 128-bit, or even 64-bit encryption. Obviously, the newer WPA utilizes a far stronger algorithm for its encryption. More specifically, the AES – Advanced Encryption Standard. That’s also what the even newer WPA2 is based on. And speaking of which – that’s the option we recommend using while choosing the right security settings. Anything else than WPA2 is only good if you’ve really got some older devices, that are no good with a WPA2 network.
Setting the network bands and mode
Obviously, as you’ve probably been able to see, the age of your router model will heavily impact what network settings you choose. For example, if you’ve got a newer one, you’ll probably be dealing with an 802.11ac model. And these routers broadcast connections via two frequencies: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Once you set up a wireless Internet connection, these will be the frequencies on which the router spreads information using radio waves. Both of these will probably be turned on by default. Nevertheless, you want to check if they are in the advanced settings tab on your router settings.
Turning on parental control
Naturally, restricting the Internet access of your children is not easy these days; on the other hand, these are some of the most important settings to change on your new router. After all, you don’t want your children viewing everything there is to see online. So, if you want to set some boundaries in your home – check out this setting in your router firmware, which you can usually access via the ISP website.
Usually, you can set up different Parental Control profiles, and then assign each one to a device that your child uses. That way, you can remain in control of the content your children view online. And, from time to time, you can give them a much-needed break from texting, Facebook and Instagram. Plus, there are options for not showing certain types of search engine results on Bing, Google and YouTube. You can even determine the ‘active hours’ for the devices that your children use. If you do that, they won’t just be rampant Internet addicts by the time they reach adolescence.
By using all these 5 Settings to Change on Your New Router Now your router will work perfectly.
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