Secure Your Home Router

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1118

Recommended Features

  • NAT & SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection)
  • WPA2 Wireless Security
  • Ability to Adjust Signal Strength

Optional "Power User" Features

  • Segment Traffic (Vlans)
  • Ability to Use 3rd Party Firmware (e.g. OpenWRT)

Securing the Router

  • Enable Admin over Secure Protocols (HTTPS & SSH)
  • Change the Admin Password
  • Update the Firmware
  • Disable Remote Administration
  • Disable Universal Plug & Play (UPnP)
  • Enable Logging
  • Disable DMZ
  • Configure WPA2-AES for Wi-Fi
  • Use a Strong Pre-Shared Key (PSK)
  • Adjust Signal Strength if Available
  • Use Static IP Addresses or DHCP Reserved Addresses
  • Customize WiFi SSID & Hide It

Additional Features

  • Utilize Vlans and AP Isolation
  • Use Port Mapping for Local Servers
  • Set Schedules for Mapped Ports
  • Power Off Router When Not in Use

Summary

  • Keep Firmware Updated
  • Change your PSK & Admin Passwords Regularly
  • Shutdown Any Unnecessary Features

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