When it comes to the security of WiFi, most users are not aware of things that can lead towards some serious issues like loss of data, identity theft, etc. We save a lot of data on our computers, be it images, videos, documents, or credentials. To keep all our data safe, we often make use of complex passwords. Yet many homeowners simply ignore the security of their home WiFi. This post is to awake you and make you understand why and how to protect your Netgear extender from hackers.
How to Protect Your Netgear WiFi Range Extender
There are various methods using which you can secure you can protect your Netgear WiFi from potential threats. Let’s make you familiar with them.
Change the Default Admin Password of Your Netgear Extender
Netgear extenders support the default username and password for accessing the admin controls. This is one of the major security flaws that might be benefited by hackers. If you don’t want to compromise on your important data, then don’t forget to change the default username and password of your device after completing the Netgear extender setup
Use strong encryption for WiFi
Netgear device owners are advised to keep their WiFi extenders secure by making use of a strong encryption method like WPA2. You can change the encryption method by accessing the settings of your Netgear extender.
Keep your Extender Away from Signal Interference
If you don’t want to experience spotty internet connectivity, then it is necessary to protect your extender from other obstructions at your home like microwave ovens, refrigerators, Bluetooth speakers, baby monitors, fish tanks, aluminum studs, metal appliances, reflexive surfaces, etc.
Keep Your Extender’s Firmware Updated
Firmware updates not only help in fixing bugs and bringing new features to an extender but also makes it difficult for hackers to access your WiFi. So, you are advised to update the firmware version of your Netgear extender by accessing mywifiext
Note: MAC or iOS users are requested to access the login page of their extender using mywifiext.local in an attempt to update the firmware of their device.
Monitor your Netgear Extender
You may connect a number of devices to the extended network of your Netgear extender, but it is essential to check whether any unauthorized user or unknown device is connected to your network. If yes, disconnect the connection for that particular device right away.
Create a Guest Network
Many times we can’t deny sharing the WiFi credentials to the guests visiting us. But, sharing admin details with each and every person is also not safe. In such a case, you can protect your Netgear extender by creating a Guest network account by accessing the new extender setup Page.
To Sum Up
We hope that by following the hacks given in the post, you would be able to secure your Netgear extender from various potential threats.
Just in case, you have any doubts or queries regarding how to keep your extender secure, feel free to get in touch with us via comments.
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