My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: How to Secure your Wi-Fi Router – Who’s on My Wi-Fi is a good Software that asks a simple Question

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

How to Secure your Wi-Fi Router – Who’s on My Wi-Fi is a good Software that asks a simple Question

If you happen to be in the unfortunate position where a lot of persons in your community are logging on to your Wi-Fi Router because you gave out the password, you can change said password.

Even better, if it’s a Digicel 4G Broadband Modem, which uses WiMaX (Worldwide Interoperability For Microwave Access) and depending on the model may have a Wi-Fi Router built in, you can use my procedure as explained in my blog article entitled “How to configure the Wi-Fi on your Digicel 4G Broadband Modem” to change not only the password but the Name of your Wi-Fi Router.

Harder to login and find if the name of your Wi-Fi Router is different!

But if it’s a case you want to set up a simple service in your shop or Restaurant in Milk River where you allow persons access to your Wi-Fi Router for a Fee, then you need to know who’s logged in and who isn’t.

Too many devices will clog the Wi-Fi Access and degrade the experience for others, especially of your offer is free Wi-Fi for persons within your business environs as described in my blog article entitled “Free Wi-Fi Internet as a Promotional Tool - Broadband Hopping the next weapon from Digicel and LIME”.

How to Secure your Wi-Fi Router – Who’s on My Wi-Fi is a good Software that asks a simple Question

A quick way to determine who’s logged in is by using the program Who’s on my WiFi. Download and install the application on your Desktop or Laptop that’s got a direct Ethernet connection. Also, make sure your smartphone or Tablets aren’t connected to your Wi-Fi Router. This so that you can eliminate your Desktop or Laptop  as one of the devices using the Wi-Fi Access and thus help you get a clearer picture of who’s connected.

Once installed, the Who’s on my WiFi will do a Network Scan and list the assigned IP Address and the MAC Address of all devices connected to your Wi-Fi Router. If you’ve got no devices connected and you see connections, then you’ve got someone drinking from the Milk Fountain as we in Milk River, Clarendon like to say.

A simple password change of your Wi-Fi Router will eliminate the pests, depending on the model of your Router. Anything beyond that is a stranger…..who may have hacked your Wi-Fi Router using my procedure as described in my blog article entitled “How to access any password-protected WEP or WPA and WPA2 Wi-Fi Network using TamoSoft CommView for WiFi”.

Then you can proceed to connect to the Wi-Fi Router and tag, name and save all the devices connected to your Internet. You can also make it difficult for neighbours to hack into your Wi-Fi Router by using HomePlug AV (IEEE 1901) and Powerline AV 500 to reduce the range of your Wi-Fi Signal as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to expand and secure your Wi-Fi Network with Power-Line Adaptors”.

You can then access Internet via an Electrical Socket that accessible only using a HomePlug AV (IEEE 1901) and Powerline AV 500 and an Ethernet Cable. Wi-Fi is great to improve the mobility of your Network. But to prevent congestion by persons illegally accessing your Wi-Fi, you need to know Who’s on my WiFi and change the name, Password and reduce the range of your Wi-Fi as described above.
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