In the event when you have guests over who want to connect to the internet rather frequently, then you’re probably concerned about them gaining access to cameras, shared storage and printers. Thanks to modern modems and routers, now you can limit your guests’ access in your home, maintaining the network security and being a great host at the same time. In case you’re still not convinced that you need to have this feature installed, here are some compelling reasons to consider this option.
The guest network is isolated from the rest of your network
In case you didn’t know, a guest network represents an isolated segment of your main network. While this allows anyone in your home to use your internet, the connection isn’t joined to the rest of your local network. Therefore, regardless of who connects to your Wi-Fi, you have the certainty that they don’t gain access to the resources available in your main network. This feature is an amazing option to have in a business setting, where you’re bound to have partners and outside vendors visiting you frequently.
You can enforce parental control and restrictions seamlessly
Let’s assume for a second that you have youngsters among the guests who visit you on a regular basis. By installing a guest Wi-Fi network, you can limit their access online via the plethora of parental control and restrictions features. The number of levels of access control ultimately depends on the modem/router manufacturer and how the guest network was implemented.
You can turn it off without shutting down your main network
When you have a lot of people over and all of them want to connect to the internet, there’s a pretty good chance that they will hog your bandwidth. If this unpleasant situation unfolds, then you could just simply turn it off knowing that your main network is unaffected. This is particularly useful feature to have when your teen children have friends over for a sleepover.
You can limit the bandwidth on the guest network
Having a separate network means that you can also limit the bandwidth dedicated to guests, while maintaining your main network’s traffic as the priority. While this may not be an option for older devices, most modern routers and modems include this feature in the administrative console which you can find in the Quality of Service menu.
Access to the internet requires a password, which you can easily change
If you gave your guests the Wi-Fi password and later changed your mind, then you could easily undo it directly on the router. Don’t forget to update the password modification for all devices in your network. At this point, you could argue that changing the pass can be quite a headache when you have a plethora of devices that you use on a regular basis. You will be happy to learn that this is not the case with guest Wi-Fi networks. In addition, take note that these passwords are cached differently, so guests won’t have permanent access to your internet connection.
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