Now is a great time to set up a guest Wi-Fi network – Here are 3 reasons why

If you have friends visiting for a long weekend or your in-laws are coming to stay with you, they’ll probably want to log on to check email or browse the web right after unpacking their luggage. Although you can just give them your home network password, setting up a Guest network actually a whole lot more sense.

A lot of best wifi routers and even the best mesh routers allow you to quickly set up a guest network. Once done, your visitors will be able to access the Internet, but with some restrictions on what they can do while connected to your network.

Even if you’ve never set up a guest network before, chances are you’ve joined one without even knowing it. For example, when you log in to Public Wi-Fi in a hotel or cafe, you are actually connecting to a guest network. Although you can do most things you normally do online, you cannot access other devices on the network such as computers or printers.

With the holidays fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to set up a guest network at home so you’re ready for any potential visitors. If you’re still on the fence, here are some of the best reasons to create a guest network and why it can keep your other connected devices more secure, too.

A simple password that you won’t hesitate to share

Just like with your online accounts, your home Wi-Fi network should have a unique password that is also strong and complex. This way, hackers won’t be able to break it easily and your devices and data can be protected from any potential attack. If you’re having trouble creating a password for your home network, you can always use one of the best password managers to generate one for you.

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While your home network needs a long and complicated password to be secure, your guest network does not. Since a guest network limits what a user can do while logged in, they can have a much shorter password that is also easy to remember. In fact, you can even write down your guest network password and put it on a sign where visitors can easily find it.

For added security, you can frequently change your guest network password without having to manually reconnect all your devices since they are on your home network. Besides visitors, you can also give your guest network credentials to electricians, plumbers, or other people working in your home who may need internet access.

Let your guests access the internet, not your connected devices

One of the best things about a guest network is that it keeps devices connected to your home network isolated. Any visitor who logs into your guest network will not be able to access or disturb any of the devices on your home network.

Smart home products

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Unlike your computer or smartphone, many of the best smart home devices are easier to hack because they don’t get security updates as often. While you probably won’t invite hackers to stay with you, a guest could accidentally download a computer virus or malware that can quickly spread through your network and infect other devices. Most adults can recognize the signs that a download seems risky, but the same can’t be said for kids looking for hacks and cheats for their favorite video game.

At the same time, you might also have sensitive work data stored on devices connected to your home network that you don’t want to fall into the wrong hands. Whatever the case, it’s always best to separate your home network and the devices connected to it from guests looking to connect when they visit your home.

Wi-Fi for your guests with complete peace of mind

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A number of things can go wrong during the holidays, but by setting up a guest network specifically for visitors, you can ensure that your other network-connected devices will be safe. You also won’t have to deal with malware or other computer viruses once they get back to you.

If you want to change your guest network password periodically, you can have fun creating new passwords for holidays and birthdays like “Feliz_Navidad” or “Happy-Birthday-Mom”. This way it will be easy for your guests to connect and they might even laugh while connecting to your guest network.

Even if you don’t have released from your ISP and purchased your own network equipment for now, in most cases you can still create a guest network using your ISP’s hardware.

By connecting all of your visitors to your guest network instead of your home network, you can gain peace of mind this holiday season. However, you’ll want to test your guest network first to make sure it’s working before visitors arrive. This way you can spend quality time with your guests instead of having to troubleshoot network issues.

Looking for more ways to improve your home Wi-Fi? Check out our guide to how to make wifi faster, how to set up a wifi repeater and How to turn an old router into a Wi-Fi amplifier.

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