Starting to use a Wi-Fi network is not much of a mystery, but using it optimally is another story. Even today, despite the time that this type of network has been with us, many users continue to make important mistakes, and some are still influenced by myths that, as we told you at the time, no longer make any sense.
In many cases, those mistakes we make can end up seriously affecting our user experience, and in some cases they can ruin it completelyso we must give them the importance they really deserve.
We want to help you overcome these mistakes, and for this we are going to share with you the most serious that take place, precisely, when we configure and start using a Wi-Fi network. As always, I remind you that the comments are at your disposal, and that you can leave any questions in them. Without further ado, let’s start.
Leave Wi-Fi network default settings
And by this I mean both the default channels and the network name and password. In this sense, it should be noted that most of the new generation routers already have an automatic channel selection system, but if our router does not have this technology, we will have to make the adjustment manually by entering its interface. To do this we have to enter “http://192.168.0.1/” without quotes in the Internet browser.
Leaving the configuration of the network name and password that comes by default is also another serious mistake because, in many cases, those names and passwords are susceptible to brute force attacks, and can be obtained relatively easily. This poses a clear risk to the security of our network, and we will be making things very easy for intruders. Take a moment to change the name of the Wi-Fi network, or to disable the public SSID, and also to change the password, this will reduce the chances of having an intruder on your network.
Do not check for firmware updates
AVM’s FRITZ!Box routers come with an operating system that allows automatic updates, something that is very useful since it simplifies its management, but not all routers have this function. When we install and configure a Wi-Fi network, we may have installed a new router, and that this one took months or even a couple of years in the warehouse from the store where we bought it.
During that time it has probably received at least one or two updates important firmware releases, and these may not just add new features, but also fix bugs, issues, and security flaws. If you don’t update your router’s firmware, you’ll be missing out on all of that, and you’ll have an insecure Wi-Fi network. Take it easy, update your router and take the opportunity to customize everything you need.
Placing the router in an inappropriate place
This error has many variants, and they all have different severity. Thus, for example, there is the case in which we place the router in an area that is too far away, but there is also the case in which, even being closer, it is surrounded by obstacles and objects that can cause interference, which will ultimately ruin performance. We may also have placed it “well”, but in an area that is not quite adequate to meet our needs.
The placement of the router is a very important decision, and we should not take it lightly. Think about what things you are going to have to connect by cable, where you want your Wi-Fi connection to reach. If you want to cover a wide range and reach all the rooms of a standard home, the ideal is to find a central and elevated position that is also free of obstacles and nearby sources of interference. In case you want to reach one or two floors above, or below, I am sorry to tell you that you will not be able to perform miracles, and that the ideal in both cases would be to resort to a PLC with a Wi-Fi repeater.