21st February 2018

Safely Setting Up a Home Wi-Fi Network

As a complementary solution to having every member of the family on each of their own individual data plans, setting up a home Wi-Fi network can save you quite a bit of money amongst many other advantages it offers. This is not to say everybody must now exclusively connect via the home Wi-Fi network and not have their own individual mobile data allocations, but naturally that would mean that there’s a need to cut down on this individual allocation.

They can use the bulk of the time they spend online at home, which will mean that they look forward to getting home everyday where there is unlimited internet connectivity. This leads me to the first pointer to consider when setting up a home Wi-Fi network, which is the bandwidth allocation.

Go for the uncapped package

Many people shy away from taking up an unlimited or uncapped internet connectivity data package because of the fallacy they hold that it’s very expensive. Uncapped internet connectivity exists for the sole reason that at a certain point you will realise that the use of capped data often exceeds the equivalent of what you’d be able to use on the uncapped plan. So it gets more expensive to be on a limited package than it is to just go for the uncapped package, especially if you consider the data expenditure of the whole family and the fact that mobile data is often way more expensive than the more fixed data which comes with something like a home fibre connection.

Trust me, it will work out cheaper going uncapped, provided you limit the individual allocation for mobile data spend and redirect just a portion of those funds towards paying the monthly bill for an uncapped home connection.

Any decent router will do

These days even the “weakest” of routers (in terms of signal) can be boosted with boosters to reach just about every corner of the house, so you don’t necessarily have to get the router with the longest range. In fact it’s better to get one with a short range and then boost it adequately with the requisite boosters so that you can in a sense maintain control over how far the signal goes. Yes, you’ll definitely be protecting access to your home Wi-Fi network with a password, but if there’s a cracker within range then they otherwise have all of eternity to try a brute force attack at cracking the network password.

If they’re otherwise out of reach then they can’t even be tempted to try.

Change the password regularly

As an extension on the security measures you take, change the password regularly – as regularly as possible. In any case it’s to be shared only amongst the inhabitants of your home, perhaps accessible to any guests that might come over, but it’s good practice to change the password regularly as a good security precaution.

It’s definitely a good idea to set up a home Wi-Fi network because in a sense it also brings the family together in a world where we all spend way too much time staring into each of our own screens. At least this way we can all do that TOGETHER!

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