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How to set up a secure home network

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3. Depending on the router you've chosen, you may be able to automatically log into your router by simply pressing Return, but we recommend you choose the option to require a login instead. If your router is to be used by multiple users, however, the crucial thing is to ensure that your network is encrypted.

Step 3: Secure home wireless network

4. Check for firmware updates on your router maker's website. If there's an update, you'll need to download it, click the router option on the configuration screen and then browse to the new file. Once it's installed, you should restart the router and click the Status tab to confirm it's been updated.

Step 4: Secure home wireless network

5. The router should be configured as a wireless access point. This makes the router ‘discoverable' but also means other devices can find and log into it, unless you secure it. If yours hasn't got an autodiscovery feature, you'll need to enter an alphanumeric sequence in the SSID field to encrypt it.

Step 5: Secure home wireless network

6. Now you simply need to tell the router where you're based and which channel(s) it should use (this is normally done automatically). Tick ‘Enable Wireless Access Point' and make sure you specify that only devices with the same MAC code can log on. Enter your network key when prompted and click Apply.

Step 6: Secure home wireless network

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