Configure Linksys® Router Security
What are the ways to configure and set up security for the Linksys wireless router?
Routers are very essential for distributing Internet connection across the network. Linksys routers are routers with high security management. The confidentiality of data becomes very important in wireless network. For this, it is essential to take necessary steps to protect the router. The Linksys router has different features for security options. For protecting your network, it has support for IP Filtering, Domain and URL blocking. The network traffic is smartly controlled with Virtual Server, Virtual PC Mapping, and DMZ. It has a unique NAT/SPI firewall, which protects your system, your private network and prevents any unnecessary alerts via E-mail. You can also Enable/Disable SSID for that extra security. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is a standard for easy and secure wireless network setup and connectivity. WPS automatically configures the network name (SSID) and it has WPA security key for the router or access point. WPS gives you freedom because you do not need to remember network. With WPS, no one can guess your security keys because it is randomly generated. You could set up and configure all these security settings by logging in to the setup page of the router.
Following are the common issues regarding the security set up in Linksys Wireless routers:
- Security breach
- SSID vulnerability
- Insecurity due to SSID broadcast
Hackers might intrude into the settings of the router if it is not set properly. The password settings are necessary for any router otherwise, anyone can change the settings. For this, type http://192.168.1.1 in the address bar of web browser and enter the settings by typing admin as username and leave the password option blank. Now, go to Security in the sub-menu, select WPA, and type the password you wish for the router.
The Service Set Identifier (SSID) might be a way for intruders to crack into. By hacking SSID, the intruders might easily crack into the network and access the router. In order to resolve this issues, you need to change the name in Wireless Network Name(SSID) in it. For this, login to router with administrator settings change the Service Set Identifier.
Disabling SSID broadcast is a good idea to secure network by hiding your network name. Go to the wireless settings and select 'Disable SSID' to make your network invisible. Other security settings are changing the channel that your router uses for communication regularly, filters MAC address to restrict the devices communicating to your router and use encryption settings available like WEP and WPA.
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