Security of SMC® Routers
How to secure the SMC router?
SMC Networks Inc. is one among the leading manufacturers and suppliers of routers and others networking equipment around the globe. The SMC routers are classified mainly into wireless routers and wired routers. These wireless and wired routers are again classified on the basis of their data rate capability. Wireless Internet is one of the most convenient methods of Internet connection that allows more mobility in the absence of wires. The wireless Internet connection has certain security issues related with it due to the absence of physical connections. It is required to secure the routers from unauthorized access that may enable the intruders to use the network for accessing Internet. Securing your router allows you to create an encrypted password that will ensure that no unauthorized users can access your wireless network without your permission. SMC Networks have given prime importance in providing options for enhancing the security of the router.
Following are the basic steps for enhancing the security of SMC routers:
- Changing the administrator password and SSID
- Enabling encryption and disabling SSID broadcasting
- Mac address control and firmware updation
Changing the administrator password and SSID
The administrator password box is usually set blank by default. It promotes potential hackers to get in and block the router. Therefore, it is recommended to set administrator password first to secure the router from unauthorized access. It is recommended to change the default SSID or network name with alphanumeric characters that cannot be easily deciphered by the hackers.
Enabling encryption and disabling SSID broadcasting
The option for encryption is usually disabled by default. Therefore, it is required to enable the encryption to the latest encryption method available, which is WPA2 in the case of SMC router by suitably configuring the wireless router and wireless PC adaptor. It is also recommended to disable the SSID broadcast for hiding the router, which is enabled by default for ensuring security.
The addition of the Mac address during the set-up of wireless router to the access control list of the wireless router will enhance security of the SMC router. By doing so, the router allows only devices added in the access control list to get connected with it. The timely updation of the firmware of the router from the official website of SMC Networks will also enhance its security.
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