Installing and Configuring NETGEAR® Routers
Routers are devices that link two or more computer networks. Routers determine where each packet of data is to be forwarded; they are usually classified into the speed and types of network they support. NETGEAR routers are some of the best in the world. They are made of very high quality components that are tested to ensure that hardware related issues would not come up when they are in use. NETGEAR routers are also simple to configure and use. Most NETGEAR routers come with an installation disk containing router drivers and necessary software required for setting up the router. If your NETGEAR router did not come with such an installation disk, then drivers for the same would have to be downloaded and installed. To install a NETGEAR router without disk, users have to connect the Ethernet cable with the router to LAN port 1(after turning off the machine) and then turn on the modem. After waiting two minutes, the router has to be plugged in. Then after waiting for a couple of minutes, users can turn on the system and lights on the router should be lit. If all lights are not on, users need to check the connection and then secure it once again.
- Set Authentication
- Configure Firewall
- Use Encryption
When configuring NETGEAR routers connected to your system, users are advised to set an authentication password for the router. If a proper authentication is not set for the router, any unwanted sources would be able to gain access to the system and make use of the network connectivity. This is applicable both in case of wired as well as wireless routers. The authentication password should be set in such a way that it is difficult to guess.
Firewall is a software that filters out the content coming into the system. Firewall ensures that malicious codes do not enter the system via network connections. NETGEAR routers come with a default firewall and users are advised to configure the firewall in such a way that all network related applications send or receive data only through the firewall. Users must also make sure that only firewall is configured and used at a time to prevent firewall clashes.
Encryption is a means by which data sent via a network is changed in such a way that only intended sources would be able to understand what it means. NETGEAR routers come with an encryption option and users are advised to turn on this feature so that even if data being sent via the router connection is stolen or accessed, information cannot be retrieved. Users are advised to set the highest level of encryption for maximum security.
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