Smart homes can make home life easier and more convenient. With the right setup, the homeowner can remote control their home's lights, temperature, alarms, and entertainment systems. Whether at work or far away on a vacation, the smart home will alert you to what's going on, with security systems taking advantage of your network.
However, without the right home network, the smart home can actually become a security risk. According to anti-malware authority, Norton by Symantec Corporations, your internet-connected devices can offer new points of entry for cybercriminals.
Cybercriminals can access sensitive data, monitor your network, with the most heinous cybercriminals being able to control your home devices.
This vulnerability puts a spotlight on the home network, and the security features that are required to ensure that your home stays protected.
The Smart Home and Your Home Network
With the right home network setup, your connected home will work reliably, with security features that will protect you from spying eyes. Here are some of the benefits of having a secure home network, and how it can help your smart home.
- Coverage. Without the proper coverage, your smart devices won't operate properly. To ensure maximum output, update your home router to its newest edition every couple of years. This will ensure that you will enjoy the latest features, including enhanced coverage. Try to place your home router in a central location so that the radio waves are able to permeate throughout the whole home for more even coverage. Take advantage of a router that has 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless frequencies.
2.4 GHz is more popular and offers coverage for farther distances. But it's a crowded frequency, and may offer slow speeds. 5 GHz frequencies are not as crowded and tend to be much faster. However, they operate in shorter distances.
- Security. The right security will protect your home internet from third parties who are seeking to obtain your personal information. Outside of using complicated router passwords, change the router's admin credentials. When you first install your router, you will be given default login credentials - these are credentials that any savvy cybercriminal will be able to crack. Change the username and password.
Keep your router update with the latest firmware. If the router does not automatically update itself, make it a habit to check the manufacturer's website for any updates, and install them when they become available.
- Convenience. Most importantly, a reliable home network will be more convenient. No more are you trying to troubleshoot home devices that aren't communicating with your router.
About Ultra ITS
Ultra ITS offers technical support, as well as computer repair. Catering to the South Florida community, Ultra ITS offers onsite, as well as remote troubleshooting. To learn more about how we can ensure the safety of your home devices, the Internet of Things, and home WiFi networks, contact us.