D-Link Gives Tips on Protecting Your Router

It’s one of the most used pieces gadgets in your home or business. It’s often hidden in a closet or behind a bookshelf or entertainment center. It’s your router and D-Link, makers of some of the best routers including the powerhouse, Ultra AC3200, works hard to protect your network against unwanted intruders like Wi-Fi viruses, information hackers and neighbors who just want to steal your bandwidth. Simply protecting your network with a password/encryption key adds an essential layer of basic security that even the most persistent of neighbors can’t always break through. Here are some of the basics about your router and protecting yourself from those evil-doers.

WEP

WEP is the lower level of wireless encryption, thus we don’t suggest configuring it on your device. WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy and is a protocol that adds security to wireless networks, designed to give them the equivalent level of privacy protection as a comparable wired network. WEP encryption requires a ten-character password comprised of letters and/or numbers. While easy to remember, WEP is being phased out, as it is said to be less reliable and less secure than WPA and WPA2 due to its limited number of password combinations. For the best network security we recommend the following…

WPA/WPA2

WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) offers the next level of security over WEP. It features TKIP integration, which generates a new key for each packet of information – making your network even more secure. WPA2 is the next level in securing your network and replaces TKIP with an AES encryption method, which is much stronger. WPA2 allows you to feel secure knowing that no unwanted users can access your wireless network, making it safe for not only yourself but any other authorized users.

WPS

WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) is push button technology that is compatible with WPA/WPA2 and allows you to easily secure your home wireless network. With WPS you are able to set up and connect all of your devices (laptop, printer, smartphone, etc.) to one secured network. WPS randomly generates your password, configures your network name and WPA security key so that your can simply use a personal identification number (PIN) to log in, eliminating the need to remember a long password.

Whatever method you choose, when you buy a D-Link router, you can count on the fact that we’re always working to ensure you have the latest standards of protection. Speed and security – with D-Link routers, you don’t have to compromise.

For more tips from D-Link, check out their blog at http://blog.dlink.com.

Rick Limpert

Rick Limpert is an award winning Atlanta-based freelance writer, columnist, host of The Tech of Sports Podcast and best-selling author. He has covered sports, technology and events all over the world. His works have been featured on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News, Examiner.com, nba.com and in Sports Illustrated.

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