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Catering with wireless internet: A feature called Guest Access
It doesn’t matter if you have a wireless network at home or at work, you can entertain your friends and acquaintances with free Wi-Fi. Most routers on the market these days have a feature that allows guests (temporary) to easily access the wireless network. In some cases, this access is even enabled by default in the router settings. If you are one of the people who are sensitive to security issues, you must restrict access to your network from the outside environment and to do this you must disable these settings.
If you are going to allow guest access, it is better to change the guest password constantly. If your router supports several different frequencies (or rather, 2.4 and 5 GHz), it is better to consider 2.4 GHz for slower network access and more and faster resources for dedicated connections and Keep your interior. Some router manufacturers have added the ability to control access levels by adding the ability to limit daily access hours for connecting guest users. With the ability to use mobile apps provided by many manufacturers, you can easily change passwords, control access to different frequencies and guest access via most smartphones. Enable or disable.
Secure your children: Parental Controls option
Parental Controls are not designed to prevent children from accessing immoral sites. In a small office environment, this feature is also very useful for explicitly managing sites that should not be accessed during business hours. Router manufacturers offer several different levels of control to their customers, from blocking different levels per device to content control systems that manage the level of access to external sites. These features can also include an additional level of security for your network, with which you can configure anti-phishing and malware detection at the same time.
Increase the level of tasks: Add external storage space
The latest models of routers can also solve the problem of sharing stored data. High-end models of routers on the market allow direct connection of external storage devices via USB 2.0, 3.0 and SATA connections (depending on the device model) to the router. This feature allows you to directly access the information in the external storage device for other devices connected to the network. This data can be shared with other devices in several different ways by the router. For example, through a router-based FTP server that can share folders on the storage drive over the web. In many cases, any type of storage device from flash drives and USB storage devices to external hard drives can be connected directly to the router and turned into a data sharing device.
Increase router usage by connecting media servers and backups
Some manufacturers have gone a step further than just supporting on-premises storage space. Some of today’s advanced routers have added a DLNA detection service that can act as a media server, which allows you to control how audio and video services are provided in detail. This server-side application can also be used to manage the level of access to shared files in the storage tool connected to the router, and in practice make this storage tool part of the backup automation process. For example, as storage costs continue to fall, a small business office will be able to turn a multi-terabyte USB hard drive into an advanced router by turning it into a backup center.
USB connectivity also allows you to share the printer
Although wireless printing is not a new issue, with USB connectivity becoming a standard, it is now possible to convert almost any printer to an Internet-connected model by connecting to a router. Some manufacturers also offer wireless support for printers that do not have AirPrint capability when connected to a router that has this capability. In a home or office that uses a lot of iPads and iPhones, printing with an iDevice can be very convenient and practical.
Traffic control with network prioritization
What if you were no longer worried about slowing down or not getting access to the Internet for essential applications? To solve this problem, some wireless routers offer a feature called Quality of Service or QoS and support for wireless multimedia format or WMM. But in most cases, the level of real effectiveness of these technologies in the best conditions show a slight increase in improving the level of performance. Router manufacturers have concluded that the greatest demand for network speed optimization is for specific applications.
Many newer models now allow you to configure your specific applications and user devices to optimize network performance. For example, a network administrator can prioritize so that desktop devices have the most access, and tablets and smartphones connect in the second place. Commercial offices, for example, can prioritize services under the cloud by name, and prioritize resource use and Internet access over other connections to these services.
Router manufacturers have also paid close attention to how WMM and QoS interact, and use clever methods to make better use of these technologies than ever before. In the past, an interference between two configurations could impair the performance of the entire network.
Mobile applications for router management
These days, smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, and router manufacturers have developed tools to maximize the capabilities of these devices, allowing them to manage routers through these devices. Some of them only work for general tasks such as Wi-Fi scanners, which can be used as part of the network troubleshooting process during router installation. Network administrators can also monitor signal strength, communication channels, and router performance status on their mobile device. Some of these applications even allow you to move from one room to another to detect the signal strength and blind spots inaccessible to the wireless network and be able to function with the correct antenna settings and other available solutions. Increase the areas covered.
Take router configuration settings seriously
If you rely only on the default settings of your router, you may not only endanger the security of your wireless network, but also many of the features hidden in the heart of the router. But by spending a few minutes of your time configuring these advanced features, you can make the most of your router. Do not forget that these advanced options are different in different routers made by different brands, so pay attention to the hardware and software capabilities supported by your router when buying or making settings.
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