Protecting a wireless network is the need of the hour as there have been too many instances where hackers have managed to break into the network and not only stolen the Internet connection, but have also managed to access confidential and secret information. Most of the big companies employ high level technicians and professionals who are invariably in the process of devising ways to protect the systems against innumerable possible threats and dangers. In order to secure the network with a Buffalo Router, the web based control panel of the device needs to be used.
Instructions to secure a Wireless Network with a Buffalo Router:
Step 1: Open the web browser (Internet explorer/Firefox). In the page that appears, click on the address bar. Type ‘192.168.11.1’ and then press the Enter key.
Step 2: In the security window that opens up, type ‘root’ in the ‘username’ field. However, no password needs to be entered as it is left blank in a Buffalo router.
Step 3: Find for the ‘Advanced’ menu on the next window and then click on it. Then select ‘Wireless Config’, followed by ‘Security’. Following the steps would take you to the wireless security menu of the router.
Step 4: for the encryption type that is to be used, check the wireless box. The encryption types that appear on the list are WEP, TKIP, WPA and WPA PSK. It is preferable to choose WPA PSK as it is considered most secure.
Step 5: in the first ‘key’ box, you need to enter the key or password of your choice. The password should be of a minimum length of 8-10 characters. Several tips should be considered in this regard. One must think of a password which is very difficult to guess and not broken into by a regular hacker. Users shouldn’t choose all alphabets or all numbers in a password. It should be combination of symbols, alphabets and numbers and need to be at least 12-14 characters long. People must especially avoid keeping their names, phone numbers or Date of Birth as passwords.
Step 6: The password chosen must be entered into the wireless connection client of every computer system for the purpose of a shared network connection. This is the final step after which the users will be able to connect securely. The protection against unauthorized users and hackers is thus enabled.
Apart from the password selection, there are some additional tips that should be considered to ensure a secure wireless network and the smooth functioning of your systems. The wireless security key must be changed regularly, making it increasingly difficult for any outsider to get access of the network. The key must always be written down and kept in a safe place to make sure you do not lose access and lock you out of the network. Also unauthorized users can be avoided by enabling MAC Address Filtering, disabling broadcast and changing the SSID name and installing Antivirus and Anti Malware protection. All the steps and instructions must be used in unison to enable maximum security and to avoid taking any chances against malicious damage and hackers.