I was thinking of registering on AirBnB and don’t want to let my Wi-Fi password to be shared with the guests and share my fiber optic internet connection. I thought this feature is available in some routers and extenders like one from Netgear. Then, I believe that this can be done with the help of Open DNS settings of the network.
This topic is for all those who want to rent out their home network to their guests or family members without disclosing the password of their Netgear range extender. You will be surprised to know that Asus, TP-Link and Netgear range extenders and modems are offering the built-in feature in which you can hide the password and provide the access to the network directly.
With BT launched infinity, separate VDSL2 modems are available in the market that lets you provide the access of your network to the street. In the same manner, you can join the modem to the Netgear range extender.
How to setup?
To setup a guest network, you need to login to the router and select ‘Guest’ mode from the admin page. You can enable the same for 2.4 GHz and 5GHz network type. If you find no such choices, then simply connect the SSID to the guest.
You need to select the Authentication system like WPA2, Access key and personal. It is recommended to run the guest network under network security.
After successful login to the network, you must ensure that there is no other device connected on the network. If this is password protected workgroup, then it must be secure.
Also, don’t forget to change the router’s default name and password because these login credentials can be easily hacked.
Adding a device
If you want to add a device, then plug the second router into the Spare Ethernet port on Netgear range extender hub. The advantage of this second router is that you don’t need to swap out for BT home hub. If you already have a spare router, then connect it otherwise, you can have it from your friend and test it.
But there are two major problems. First, it is difficult to set up and the secondly until and unless, you have not done the proper setup, the network remains insecure.
Many home routers have different filtering and parenting controls that block different type of content. However, you can also use Open DNS which includes web content filtering. The simplest way is the use of ‘Family shield’ that blocks ‘Adult material’ and phishing sites.
Alternatively, you can select one of the four pre-sets- Moderate, high, low and none. The low settings only block sexuality, pornography, and tasteless sites or free proxies. If you select ‘Custom’, you can block more than 55 different types of sites. These include drugs, chat, social, dating, file sharing, gambling and many more. You can block up to 25 websites with Open DNS settings.