“What is the Wi-Fi password?” is probably as popular a question as “Where is the bathroom?”. However, there is always a risk when you give out your Wi-Fi password. A guest network can help keep you safe.
When you connect to Wi-Fi in a public place, you might sometimes notice the word “guest” in the SSID. That guest network is a separate access point in the router. It creates an isolated network that does not interfere with any internal networks that carry sensitive data. By creating a separate network and password, you avoid giving out the password of your main network and exposing it.
While guest networks are common among businesses, private users can also benefit from a guest WiFi access at home.
1) Download illegal content. Some countries impose heavy fines for illegally acquired content. Depending on the configuration of your guest network, it will probably grant your guest users an alternative IP address, which may help differentiate between users in the event of illicit activity;
2) Snooping on data on your network. Someone might access your data shared across your internal network. They could also use devices connected to it;
3) Track other users. A prepared hacker could track other users’ activities on your Wi-Fi;
4) Infect you with malware. If a person with infected or malicious devices logs into your network, the infection might spread to other connected devices.
While different routers might have different tools or methods, it is usually pretty easy to enable a guest network. Some routers even have them enabled by default. Just make sure your router supports this feature. If not, we strongly recommend you get one that does.
To enable a guest network, you should access your router settings by typing your router’s IP in the browser field. Then log in and look for a section enabling the guest Wi-FI and turn it on. It might have different names depending on the brand of your router. If you cannot find it, check your device’s manual.
You can also adjust your guest network parameters in the router’s control panel. Here are our recommendations:
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