The Internet plays an essential and fundamental role in our households today. With how frequently the Internet is being accessed, it is a must for our connection to the Internet to be strong and stable.
In this day and age, a wireless router is crucial for a household to function. The wireless router acts as a bridge between the Internet and your devices.
FlashRouters has some tips for you to optimize and protect your wireless connection to the Internet.
Tip #1: Invest In A Powerful Router
Firstly, choosing a router could be a daunting task. There are many terms and specifications that you may not be familiar with. Researching wireless routers is recommended to find an optimal setup for your home or office.
Here at FlashRouters, we can help by providing you with our handy router finder located on our homepage. This tool helps by finding the best possible router for your needs.
Tip #2: Double Check Your Ethernet Cables
Secondly, ethernet cables are commonly overlooked when installing a router. There are multiple categories of Ethernet cords. These include 3, 5, 5e, 6, 6a, and 7. In some cases, using the wrong category cable can impact your network speeds.
Below is a chart summarizing the most common types, including their maximum data transmission speeds and bandwidths.
Currently, the Cat5e cable is the cheapest and is also the industry standard. The Cat7 is to future-proof your home or office network.
Tip #3: Install The Router In An Optimal Location
Next, router placement impacts your wireless signal immensely. Placing your wireless router in the corner of a room or near metal objects could impact your signal strength throughout your house.
The best place to install your router is typically away from appliances and in the center of your home. This helps eliminate interference from devices on the same band and disperses your wireless signal more effectively.
For larger homes, the recommended course of action is to install multiple wireless routers.
Tip #4: Utilize Proper Password Security
Fourth, broadcasting your wireless connection unprotected could easily lead to hackers stealing your information. This leads to strangers and neighbors stealing your bandwidth and potentially slowing down your Internet.
The recommended security protocol is the WPA2 Personal method. Using uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers in your passwords is ideal, but special characters add extra security to your passwords.
However, WPA2 has been in the news recently as per the KRACK attack. The KRACK attack centered around the unveiling of a devastating security flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol. Taking advantage of this exploit, hackers can read network traffic between devices and routers. Furthermore, using Open Source Firmware on your router can repair any issues you may have with WPA2.
DD-WRT developers have been on top of this issue from the start and have had patches available through new firmware builds:
“An AP-side workaround for key reinstallation attacks (KRACK), this option can be used to mitigate KRACK on the station side (router), to help protect client devices that no longer receive updates, or receive updates very slowly. Since many devices out there will not receive an update anytime soon (if at all), it makes sense to include this workaround. Unfortunately this can cause interoperability issues and reduced robustness of key negotiation, hence the default setting of disabled. This workaround is NOT needed on current builds (newer than r33555) & if you know that your client devices are updated to patch KRACK on them already, or if the vulnerability doesn’t bother you. KRACK is already fixed in DD-WRT “properly” in both AP mode, & station mode (client/client bridge/WDS).”
Tip #5: Upgrade to Open-Source Firmware
Last but not least, some more information on why you should upgrade your router to Open Source Firmware. A wireless router fresh out of the box usually has stock firmware installed that is almost always out of date. Hackers can easily exploit old and unpatched firmware.
Upgrading your firmware to the latest one on the manufacturer’s website is good, but upgrading to open-source firmware such as DD-WRT and Tomato is far better. In conclusion, either firmware has the potential to supercharge your router. Open-source firmware upgrades your security by allowing it to run a VPN and even improving speeds by enabling further customization of settings.
Looking for a pre-configured open source router? Here are some of FlashRouters’ bestsellers:
|Netgear R7800||1.7 GHz Broadcom Processor|
4 External Antennas
|Linksys WRT3200ACM||1.8 GHz Marvell Processor|
4 External Antennas
|Asus RT-AC56U||800 MHz Broadcom Processor|
4 Internal Antennas