While almost every homeowner is familiar with a home Wi-Fi network, most are not as familiar with guest networks. The basic idea behind a guest network is to provide you with additional security for your home network and prevent guests from accessing or compromising your personal information and devices. Below, we will examine what a guest network is, how to set one up, and the benefits of keeping one.
What Is a Guest Network?
A guest network is a Wi-Fi (wireless home internet connection) that’s separate from your main wireless internet connection. Having a guest Wi-Fi means you can allow your guests to connect to the internet without them having access to your main computers, phones and tablets. This is useful for protecting personal information, but also controls which websites your guests visit. You don’t want your guests indulging in any illegal activity such as downloading copyrighted material or distributing viruses.
How To Set Up Guest Wi-Fi
You don’t want your guests leeching off of your main Wi-Fi network, so why not create a separate Wi-Fi network for them?
You could buy a second router to act as the guest network, but you can also create one on your existing router. This is how you do both.
How To Create A Guest Network On Your Wireless Router
Most wireless routers have the ability to create a second network for guests, which is ideal for when people come over and need internet access. Use this feature to keep your main network secure from visitors, or if you need additional bandwidth for streaming movies, etc. We’ll show you how to set up a guest network on an Asus router and a Netgear router; if your router doesn’t have a guest networking feature, you can still turn an old router into an extender using DD-WRT or Tomato firmware.
Privacy – You don’t have to share your password
You shouldn’t have to share your account information, password or PIN number with anyone, including financial institutions, friends or family members.
Just because an email or website looks real, doesn’t mean it is.
Be cautious about clicking on a link in an email that asks you to log in and verify your personal information. A legitimate business will not ask you to do this through a link in an email. If you are suspicious, contact the company by phone or by going to its official website.
If you get a message that asks for your personal information over the Internet, it might be a phishing scam. Don’t respond or click links in messages like these. Instead, contact the business using the phone number from its official website — not from the message you received.
Reputable businesses won’t send you unsolicited emails asking for private information such as your account numbers, PINs or Social Security Number (SSN).
Phishing emails can look just like they’re from a company that knows you and may even include the company’s logo. If you’re not sure whether an email is legitimate, do not reply and do not click any links in the email.
Security – Most important of all, they can’t access your network or router
If you run a business and want to block access to certain sites, you can use a VPN to do just that. It works by creating an encrypted connection between your device and the website you want to visit. The VPN then passes your request on to the website, which sends back the information as normal, but it is encrypted so no one else can see or use it.
The best way to keep your business safe is by installing an antivirus program on every computer. This will stop hackers from accessing your computers, as well as protecting them against viruses and other malware.
There are many different types of antivirus software available, including ones that are free to download. If you have any questions about what the best option is for your business, speak to a professional who can advise you on the best choice for your needs.
It’s also important to make sure your staff members know how to use their own computers safely so they don’t inadvertently share sensitive company information with anyone outside of work. Ensure they understand how important cyber security is and how this affects their work as well as yours.
How Do I Set Up a Guest Network?
The easiest way to set up a guest network is to use your router’s built-in software, assuming it has that feature. Most modern routers now include a setting that allows you to create a separate network for guests. By doing so, visitors can connect to your Wi-Fi network and you don’t have to share your primary Wi-Fi password with them.
Here’s how the process works on a Linksys router we were testing, but the interface will be similar on most routers.
- Log into your router’s settings page via its default IP address (usually 192.168.0.1).
- Navigate to Wireless > Wireless Settings on the left side of the page and then scroll down to Guest Access on the right side of the page.
- Enable the Guest Access option and enter a name for the network. You can also change its security mode, although WPA2 Personal is generally recommended for home use unless you have older devices that don’t support it.
- Click Save Settings at the bottom of the page and wait for your router to reboot before proceeding. Your new guest network should now be visible in Wi-Fi settings on other devices within range!
What Are the Benefits of a Guest Network?
A network is a group of computers and other devices linked together with the purpose of sharing resources, such as files, printers, and internet access. They can be wired or wireless. In order to connect to the Internet, you’ll need a router. Some routers include built-in functionality for creating a guest network, which is a separate Wi-Fi network for visitors, accessible by guests but not others on the host network. This is different from a Wi-Fi hotspot, which is available for anyone to use.
There are many benefits to setting up a guest network:
Added security. Because the guest network uses a separate password than your main router (or no password at all), it’s much more difficult for someone on your guest network to infiltrate your primary one than if they simply joined your primary network. That way, you don’t have to worry about visitors using up all of your bandwidth when you’re trying to stream Netflix or play an online game.
- Increased security — Your employees and visitors can use the guest network without accessing your company’s private network, so you don’t have to worry about a data breach or comply with GDPR regulations.
- Convenience and efficiency — Guests no longer have to ask for the Wi-Fi password, reducing IT help desk requests. And they can get online quickly, which may result in increased sales if they are visiting your office or store.
- Marketing exposure — You can configure your guest network so users must view ads or promotional messages before logging on. This is a great opportunity to engage with customers and promote new products, services or special offers.
Why should you have a guest network? Because we all have that annoying neighbor who just needs to “look something up real quick.” But if you give them access to your home network, they’ll probably end up snooping around more than “just looking something up.”
If you give them access to your primary Wi-Fi network, there’s a chance they could get into your system, download malware or spyware, and leave it behind for you to deal with. With good antivirus software installed on all of the computers connected to your primary network, this might not be an issue. But it’s better to err on the side of caution.
Guest networks are also important if you have a smart home. If you let other people onto your main network, they could potentially hack into — or even control — some of your smart devices.
What Is the Difference Between a Guest Network and Another Wi-Fi Network?
A guest network is a separate Wi-Fi connection for guests to use. It allows anyone to connect to the Internet without giving them access to your private local network. These are great for people who have frequent houseguests or work in an office that has clients visiting occasionally.
The main advantage of having a guest network is security. If you only give people limited access to your Internet, they can’t get into your other devices and see what you’re doing online or install malicious software on your computer.
Using a guest network is also easier than giving everyone who comes into your home or office their own password. You don’t need to change it every time someone leaves, and they don’t have to remember one more password (or write it down somewhere).
This post has covered the different types of guest networks, what is a guest network exactly? how they work and why they are useful. A detailed list of the best available options has also been provided. We hope you enjoyed reading it and found it informative.