How to Secure Your D-Link Wireless Router
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Security is vital to your computing experience. It also probably one of the easiest areas to overlook. Your internet router is a core piece of hardware in your quest for home security and privacy. Taking a moment to configure your D-Link Wi-Fi router can make all the difference in protecting your home, your computers, and your family.

So, here’s how you set up and secure your D-Link Wi-Fi router.

1. Follow the Setup and Installation Guide

If you just bought a new D-Link router, it probably came with a quick start installation guide. The guide contains the essential information you need to set your D-Link router up and begin securing it.

Some new D-Link routers even come with a scannable QR code that links to the D-Link Wi-Fi app. Simply download the D-Link Wi-Fi app on your Android or iOS smartphone, scan the QR code using the app, and complete the set-up guide within the app. It walks you through each step, making sure each part of the hardware is correct.

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Once you finish installing your D-Link router, you can access it via your web browser. Open your web browser (such as Chrome, Firefox, or Opera) and input 192.168.0.1 in the address bar. This opens the D-Link router admin panel.

Wondering what your D-Link router admin password is? You will find the default router admin password somewhere within the D-Link router packaging. If you followed the quick-start installation guide in the D-Link Wi-Fi app, you’ll have created a new admin password already.

Set a Strong Administrator Password

Your D-Link Wi-Fi router requires an administrator password. The admin password protects your router from threats, both internal and external. By internal threats, I mean your kids (or otherwise) attempting to crack your D-Link router admin password to change the Wi-Fi settings.

A strong password doesn’t have to become a chore to remember. You can create perfectly strong passwords that you will not forget How to Create a Strong Password That You Will Not Forget How to Create a Strong Password That You Will Not Forget Do you know how to create and remember a good password? Here are some tips and tricks to maintain strong, separate passwords for all of your online accounts. Read More . Just make sure not to write it down on a sticky note on your desk!

2. Create Strong D-Link Wi-Fi Password

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The next security step is protecting your Wi-Fi connections. It is highly likely your D-Link router is dual-band, perhaps even tri-band. What that means is that you can use your D-Link router on two frequencies: 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz.

It is common to use the same password for each Wi-Fi router band. Using the same password for each Wi-Fi frequency band lets your hardware switch between the two depending on signal strength, speed, etc.

Like the admin password, you’re prompted to create a strong Wi-Fi password during the D-Link router setup process. If you want to change the Wi-Fi password later, input the D-Link router address in your browser address bar and login into your router.

Now, head to Settings > Wireless. Under the Wireless section, you can see your network name (known as the SSID) and the existing Wi-Fi password. Change the password to something strong, then select Save in the top-right corner.

After you update the D-Link router Wi-Fi password, each device will also require updating.

3. Make Sure Your D-Link Wi-Fi Router Uses WPA2

While you’re adjusting your D-Link Wi-Fi passwords, you should also select your Wi-Fi security mode. At the current time, WPA2 is the most common Wi-Fi security mode Everything You Need to Know About WPA3 and Wi-Fi Security Everything You Need to Know About WPA3 and Wi-Fi Security The Wi-Fi Alliance newest standard of Wi-Fi security is WPA3. What does it improve? Will your router use it? And when will WPA3 become available? Read More . Its replacement, WPA3, is yet to appear in mainstream consumer routers. For the time-being, WPA2 remains the most secure option.

In the Wireless settings, select Advanced Settings. Alongside Security Mode, select WPA2-Personal from the dropdown box. If the option exists, make sure to use AES encryption, rather than TKIP.

Whatever you do, do not use WEP, if it’s even an option. Some modern routers are phasing the WEP Wi-Fi encryption out because it is insecure and easily cracked.

Change Your Network SSID

Another thing to change while you’re adjusting your Wi-Fi network security is the Wi-Fi SSID, otherwise known as the Wi-Fi network name. The SSID is what appears when your smartphone or laptop scan the local area for a Wi-Fi network.

Your router uses a default SSID. This will give away the type of router you’re using—in this case, D-Link—and even the model. If someone knows what type of router you’re using, it becomes a little easier for them to break in. (More so if you have not changed the default D-Link router admin password.)

Should You Hide Your SSID?

Some D-Link routers allow you to hide your SSID. A hidden SSID is not broadcast to the surrounding areas. Theoretically, a hidden Wi-Fi network is more secure because fewer people know it is there. If someone wants to attack your router, they will find a way to do so.

Even if the SSID is hidden, it is still broadcasting its Wi-Fi signal. You’re probably just making it harder for your friends and family to connect to your Wi-Fi or guest Wi-Fi network.

4. Update the D-Link Router Firmware

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Your D-Link router requires updating now and then. Just like your laptop or smartphone, your router also receives firmware updates to fix bugs and increase performance.

When you first plug your D-Link router in, it should check for any pending D-Link firmware updates. If not, you can check for a firmware update manually, or even download and install the latest firmware yourself.

Open your D-Link router admin page in your browser, then head to Management > Upgrade. Under Firmware, select Check for New Firmware. If there is a firmware update available, install it.

5. Disable UPnP and Automatic USB File Sharing

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Another security step is switching off Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for your D-Link router. Depending on your D-Link router model, you may have access to several different UPnP file-sharing options, including a UPnP Media Server, Windows File Sharing via SAMBA, and an FTP server.

As UPnP is potentially dangerous What Is UPnP & Why Is It Dangerous? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is UPnP & Why Is It Dangerous? [MakeUseOf Explains] Technology in the computer age has been plagued with unsecured features, security loopholes, and general oversights in software architecture. Flash drives can carry keyloggers. Browsers might have open backdoors. Windows constantly updates with security fixes.... Read More , you can switch these options off until you need them.

In your D-Link router admin page, head to Settings > USB Sharing, and switch each option to Disabled.

6. Use a Guest Wi-Fi Network

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One option to keep your personal Wi-Fi network clear of interference is to create a guest Wi-Fi network. The guest Wi-Fi network runs alongside your regular Wi-Fi but does not interfere with your existing devices.

Head to Settings > Wireless > Guest Zone. From here, you can control the guest Wi-Fi SSID, the password, and depending on your D-Link router model, create a guest schedule.

7. Use the D-Link Wi-Fi App to Control Router Settings

The D-Link Wi-Fi app is a central feature of your D-Link router. You can control all of the router settings from the app, including every setting and change previously covered in this article.

The app itself is easy to use. The options are clear and guide you through the various D-Link router features.

You can use the D-Link Wi-Fi app to keep tabs on your network, make changes to scheduling, stop unexpected connections, and much more.

Keep Your D-Link Router and Your Home Secure

Your D-Link router is easy to setup. There are numerous security options to help keep your D-Link router secure. Follow the steps in this article, and your D-Link router will keep your home network and its devices almost entirely secure.

Router security is serious. So is your Wi-Fi connection speed. With that in mind, check out these tips for boosting your Wi-Fi speed Why Is My Wi-Fi Is So Slow? Here's How to Fix It Why Is My Wi-Fi Is So Slow? Here's How to Fix It Wondering why your Wi-Fi is so slow? This article explains fast, easy ways to fix and speed up your Wi-Fi internet connection. Read More .

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  8. UmmYea...
    November 10, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Anyone that potentially that could break into network would know how to get your ssid and mac address. The "security" those things provide is not worth configuring. Turning your router off at night will not prevent someone from "hacking" your router during the day. Only 1 WPA-handshake is required to begin a dictionary attack. Once the handshake has been acquired, it can be cracked offline(meaning no access to the access point is required). WPA2-AES is the most secure option for home use. Adding a radius server would be even more secure. Turning off your router, MAC Filtering, and hidding your ssid are useless. People that think these do anything are fooling themselves and obviously have never done any pen-testing themselves.

  9. UmmYea...
    November 10, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Hiding the SSID is useless as is MACs Filtering. Airodump-ng can detect your machines that are associated with your AP and shortly decipher your ssid. MACs Filtering is easily bypassed because with Airodump-ng you can see the MACs associated with your access point. Security through obscurity does not work! The author is wise to use WPA2-AES as WPA-TKIP and WPA2-TKIP are vulnerable and have been cracked in under a minute. It is only a matter of time before tools are released targeting this exploit. See here: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/08/one-minute-wifi-crack-puts-further-pressure-on-wpa.ars

    • Bolomkxxviii
      November 10, 2009 at 11:26 am

      Relying on any one method is not wise. MAC filtering, turning off the SSID and using the strongest encryption possible should all be done. Anothe method I use that has not been discussed is the use of an appliance timer. If your router is not powered while you are asleep or at work it is impossible to hack.

  10. Sam
    November 10, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Mac Address filtering is not secure too. Hacker could change his MAC Address and then get in.

    • Ken
      November 10, 2009 at 8:52 am

      True, but MAC address filtering in addition to the measures described in the article just adds another layer of deterrence. Each layer of security that a hacker needs to go through to gain access just makes your network a little less appealing and might deter them to move on to a less secure one.

      In the world of security, there is no such thing as hack-proof. The goal is to be just secure enough so that you are more secure than the rest in your area.

  11. vcarazo
    November 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I protect my router with a list of granted MAC addresses.

    I know my MAC and my wife's MAC address so these are just the ones granted to connect with router.

    • Les
      November 9, 2009 at 12:20 pm

      I use MAC Address filtering on my router too. Never had an unauthorized user on my network.