In this modern age, you need to take your router’s security seriously, especially when it comes to wireless technology. Wi-Fi signals are in the air, and you never know whether or not someone is looking to hack your network. WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) is a standard security protocol being used on routers today. Also, WPA3 is the latest of all and adds much stronger encryption to your Wi-Fi network. Let us discuss how to configure router to use WPA2 in more detail. Make sure that you follow the steps given below carefully.
Verify Wpa2 Compatibility:
Most routers purchased after 2005 support WPA2 security. If you have bought your router before 2005, you need to cross-check the support for WPA2 protection.
You can verify this by following the steps provided below
Enter the router’s IP address into a web browser, log in to your router, and check its wireless settings.
You have now completed the hardware setup of the router. Keep reading the instructions to know how to configure router to use wpa2.
Risks Involved In Using Open Network:
While disabling WPS security, make sure that you do not use the Open network mode for your Wi-Fi, as everyone can access your Wi-Fi network in this mode.
They can also see and download your personal data, like net banking details, credit or debit card credentials, photos, videos, and NAS devices on your home network.
The hackers can even send spam messages from your IP Address.
Disabling The Wps Network Security:
The first task to be performed is to disable the WPS security feature of the router, as even a small kid sitting in the range of your wireless network can hack your wireless network easily.
As you have decided to change the security of your Wi-Fi network, it would be best if you disabled WPS for both networks of your router (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz).
Continue reading the given below steps to know more on how to configure router to use wpa2.
Configuring wpa2 security:
To open the router’s security settings, you need to know your router’s IP address.
The IP address is usually written on the side or bottom of the router.
You can also know the IP address from the command prompt on your computer.
Once you come to know, enter the router’s IP address in the browser and hit Enter.
Now, you will land on your router’s homepage.
You have to enter the username and password, which you would have used in the past while installing your new router.
Every router's settings page has a different user interface, but you can find the WPA2 settings in the “Wireless” or “Security” section.