Using the internet is second nature to the way we cruise through modern society. Currently, we “homo sapiens” are almost half machine. If you look at the company, Neuralink, they are at the forefront of merging humans with machines. And who is at the forefront of this company? Elon Musk, of course.
The internet is crucial in most jobs in today’s information economy. However, if you have your business or your parents are older, it’s your responsibility to set things up for the people who will use them. One of the most crucial aspects is setting up your router.
Even though your mom keeps yelling at you that she doesn’t know how to set things up, rest assured that this problem will disappear with our advice. Setting up your router to ensure that it’s secure with a WPA2 connection and security is super important.
Importance of Security in WP2A
The router you are setting up to use the internet will be the main point of contact for Wifi on all the devices you are using. This is important because if you are a business owner and have staff, you need to make sure that your router is protected for security reasons.
If you have staff, for instance, who have important data on their phone, then making sure they are safe and secure is paramount. Trust me, dog and cat videos are not the only things inside your staff’s computers. In fact, you would be amazed at some of the things you might find there. Here are some ways to manipulate the router settings to make sure that you are the most secure.
Leave it Open
If you leave the settings on Open, it’s exactly how it sounds. It’s open to everyone. That means anyone within range can now use the internet via this router. This is fine if you are living in a chateau on the top of the Swiss Alps, but we really don’t recommend this. If you have any contact with other people, you should most definitely use some security.
WPA stands for Wifi Protected Access. This is a step that was invented in the 1990s through encryption. If anyone has bought Bitcoin in the past few years or another type of cryptocurrency, you will know that it revolves around encryption. Crypto means encryption.
Therefore, if you want to protect yourself from hackers or unseemly people, a WPA2 is essential.
What is WPA2, and how to set it up?
WPA2 is what is now considered the best encryption method for wireless internet. Most modern devices and applications can connect to the internet using WPA2. If you are looking at setting up a router for your Wifi, you will need a couple of things.
- Default Password and Username for Administrator.
- Your IP Routing Number.
As long as you have these two things, you should be good to go and can go ahead and set up your router.
Firstly, you need how to find your router IP Address. To do this, use the following steps.
- Put your router in your hands and turn it over.
- Turn it over until you find a sticker that says IP Address.
- You can now use this IP Address to put it into the WP2A system.
It’s important to note that you might not be able to find the IP Address on this sticker on very rare occasions. IF this is the case, either call your internet provider or use a search engine to find it. We suggest contacting the internet provider as this is usually easier.
Secondly, you need to find what the Administrator Username and Password are. This is typically the default information when setting up your router. In order to do this, you need to do the following.
- Put your router in your hands and turn it over.
- Turn it over until you find a sticker that says Username and Password.
- You can now use this Username and Password to put into the WP2A system.
If the username name and password are not included on the router, then you need to call your internet provider. Please note that these instructions are for those with new routers; old second-hand routers previously used by someone can be more complicated.
How to Reset your Username and Password
Now the smartest thing to do is reset your username and password. This is pretty important because if someone breaks into your house, they will be able to hack into your Wifi by looking at the box. Unfortunately, not everyone burglar is familiar with how exactly to do this, but it can happen.
Follow these easy steps to reset your router’s WPA2 username and password.
- Open up a browser; Chrome and Safari are typically the standard ones people use.
- Type the IP Address into the browser.
- You should arrive at a website that’s more of an admin panel, and this should give you prompts to enter a Username and Password.
- Enter the Username and Password, and you are now in your router’s Admin Panel.
Now you can do a multitude of different things, you can change the username and password, and you can change your encryption settings. Unfortunately, as all the interfaces are different, we cannot give you instructions for each one separately; however, we can tell you what you need to do.
- Choose WPA2-PSK if the option is available.
- Choose AES for the encryption method.
- If you can reset your Username and Password, reset the Username and Password.
Voila, you have now set your Wifi router to use the best and latest encryption settings. You can now rest assured that everyone who you care about using your Wifi is protected. You can thank us later!