If a Wi-Fi network doesn’t have a password, it’s always open to data breaches and people using the internet without the owner’s permission.
Because of this, you should always protect your wireless network with a password so that only people with whom you share the password can join. There are different levels of security encryption, such as WEP, WPA-2, and so on. You can set the level of encryption you want on your wireless network to keep it safe.
Follow these steps to make sure your Wireless Network is safe with WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key) encryption:
- You can use an Ethernet cable to link your computer to the NETGEAR router.
- Go to http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.1.1 in a web browser. (Default Gateway Address could be different)
- To move forward, you will be asked to enter your login name and password. To log in, you need to enter your login name and password.
- Go to Wireless Settings by clicking on it in the menu on the left.
- Scroll down until you see “Security Options,” then choose “WPA-PSK.”
- Enter the password under Security Encryption (WPA-PSK) > Passphrase. (It could be a string of 64 hexadecimal numbers or a word or phrase with between 8 and 63 ASCII characters.)
- To save the changes, click “Apply.”