When someone comes to visit, you may get the question “What’s your WiFi password?” A secure internet connection is essential, and while you may not mind giving your guests access to your WiFi network, you do have a second option that can keep your network more secure and private: a guest network.
Did you know that if your guest’s phone or computer were to be impacted by a virus or cyberattack while on your network, then it could put your own devices at risk? Creating a second secure WiFi network (a guest WiFi network) provides a layer of protection for your home network by allowing guests to connect to the internet without impacting your personal network and your own devices.
Setting up a guest WiFi network involves logging into your router’s settings interface and changing some network preferences. Follow these step-by-step instructions to set up a guest WiFi network:
The next steps will depend on which Brightspeed modem you have.
You can view and print your guest network information in the box at the bottom of the screen.
Just as you set a custom password for your personal WiFi, you will also want to also create a strong, unique password for your guest network. This is the password you will share with visitors to let them use your WiFi. If you have a C4000 series gateway, you can do this right in the “Guest Wireless Setup” screen. If you have a tower or box-style Brightspeed modem, then you’ll need to take a few final steps to create your guest WiFi password:
Do you have smart devices in your home, such as a smart TV, smart speaker, etc.? You may want to consider using a guest network when connecting your smart home devices. The reason this may be a good idea is that if any of your smart home devices were to get hacked, the data available to the hacker would be limited to the devices on that particular network. Therefore, the guest network would shield other devices, such as laptops and smartphones, that are connected to your primary WiFi network.
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