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Securely set up your new small business router

If you’re setting up a small business network and are a little stuck as to what to do when, New Jersey Computer Help can assist. We can visit your site and help you build the network and offer practical advice that can make the process a little easier. This post will show you what you need to do to set up your new small business router securely.

Security is the byword of the 21st century and even new or small businesses need to protect their data. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a fortune on enterprise class routers or Cisco qualified techs to do it.

Setting up your new small business router

To begin with, a home router should be enough to get you started. Then when you’re growing and need more capacity you can invest in a business-class router.

Here are some basic tips for setting up securely.

  • Connect your new router via Ethernet to your modem. Use the WAN port on the router to connect to a LAN port on your modem using Ethernet cable.
  • Turn on the router and give it a minute to boot. Once the connection light goes green you’re good to go.
  • Connect a computer or laptop to a LAN port of the router using Ethernet cable.
  • Open a browser on your computer and type in the IP address in the router’s manual or on the sticker on the chassis. It’s usually 192.168.1.1.
  • Log in using the default username and password. Often admin and admin.
  • Find the administration section and change the username and password to something secure. Some routers allow you to change both, some only let you change the password.
  • Navigate to where you see Firewall mentioned and turn it on if it isn’t already.
  • Navigate to where you see ‘Allow remote connections’ or words to that effect and turn it off.

Changing the default username and/or password is the single most important element of all those steps. Everyone knows the defaults and it would be child’s play to hack the router with the defaults in place. Most routers come with firewalls already enabled but it is important that you check to make sure.

If you want to use wireless, set that up next. Make sure to use WPA2 Personal as the encryption method. Change the SSID to something you will recognize but is not identifiable as your business. Then set a strong WiFi password. Make it as strong as practical without being impossible to remember. Turn off guest networks unless you are planning on using one.

Now you should be able to access your network from both wired and wireless devices!

If you have any trouble setting things up or would like help or advice on more advanced networking tasks, contact New Jersey Computer Help today. We would be happy to assist!

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