When you establish a WiFi at your home, you can choose who you can share it with and who you can’t. Every local network is the central hub of any home that lets devices connect to the internet and surf the web. You want to make sure that your network is secure and safe since there is a lot of data that’s flowing through the router. But sometimes you have guests or friends over that would need to use the WiFi, or when you host events and parties. There are ways to share your WiFi without compromising the security of your data.
It may seem like a hard notion to let guests use your WiFi and consume bandwidth but with people who have friends and guests over all the time, it can be a real help to establish a guest network. Opening up your WiFi a bit is a risk and a blessing at the same time. If you’re avoiding giving a long complex password each time your friend is over and wants to show you a video, you could just add them to an access list. Most routers these days let you share your WiFi without compromising the security of your data. You can establish a guest network that can either be open to all or have a simple password that you don’t mind giving out to friends and guests.
Guest networks basically allow you to share your WiFi without giving them access to sensitive information. This gives guests or friends access to the internet without giving them access to other devices. This way you can let your guests surf the internet without them downloading something malicious on your network or changing your configuration settings. Almost all routers have this option but some give your more control than others in firmware like DD-WRT etc. Log into your router’s configuration page using the default IP. If you don’t know what it is, then enter “ipconfig” in CMD and the IP given next to default gateway is your router’s IP. After logging in, look for an option called “Guest network” and turn it on. Give it a password that can be easily shared with guests and friends that come over. This network has a separate SSID so next time someone is over, you can guide them to connect to this network and freely surf the web. Make sure the password you set is simple and can be easily shared for instance in a party where guests want to connect to the WiFi.
If you want more control over the network, you can tweak the access using your router’s built-in features. Setting up an OpenDNS can be used to restrict devices that aren’t on the access list. It also has filtering options to keep guests from accessing malicious sites or downloading potentially illegal data. You can also set timers on this option to define which period lets users have free or restricted access.