How can I make my wireless network more secure?
Security is an important part of a home wireless network. Most wireless routers and modems are already pre-secured. If you are prompted for a wireless key or password when initially logging into your wireless network, your router or modem is already secured. If your wireless device does not require a wireless key or password, your wireless network is not secured. With an unsecured wireless connection, anyone with a wireless device can connect to your network and use your Internet access without your knowledge. Remember, you are responsible for any Internet activity that occurs through your modem or router.
Wireless modems offered by Cable ONE include encryption and security features such as firewalls to help protect against unwanted access to your wireless network. The security features are turned on by default.
If you have your own router, you can enable the security features yourself. If you are unsure how to enable the security features, the router's manual will have the information you need. Also, you can locate the same information on the router's manufacture's website or by telephone contact.
If you are setting the security for your router, we recommend using WPA or WPA2 encryption. There are older encryptions that can be used, but they are less secure (including WEP).
The WPA wireless key or password can be eight to 63 characters (which can include numbers, letters, spaces, and special characters). Cable ONE recommends that you do not use a wireless key or password such as computer or personal information that might be easily guessed by someone that should not have access to your wireless network. There are commercial programs available that can help you generate strong keys.
Regardless of the method you choose, the router or wireless modem and wireless devices on your network must be set to the same encryption method. Most wireless devices automatically match the encryption method of your router or wireless modem once successfully connected.