How to Secure Your Netgear Orbi Network?

Orbi Network

Setting up a Netgear Orbi network in your home provides you a fast, stable, and uninterrupted WiFi connection. However, the Orbi device is prone to several malicious attacks from unauthorized users. Therefore, it is crucial to secure your Orbi network, especially when everything from our phone to our oven operates using a WiFi connection.
For the sake of changing the security settings of your Netgear WiFi network, there is a need to access web-based page. Once you log in to your Orbi device, you can customize security settings to make your network more secure.

Tips to Secure Your Orbi Network

  1. Change the Default Admin Details
    Every Netgear Orbi device comes preset with the default username and passphrase. Anyone can easily find these details. Therefore, the most important security measure to take is to change the default admin login credentials to something else. Keep the credentials strong yet easy to remember.
  2. Choose Unique and Complex WiFi Password
    Let us first clarify that the admin login password and home WiFi password are different. Here, we are talking about your WiFi network’s password. It should be complex, unique, and strong.
    Don’t use your personal information such as your name, mobile number, vehicle number, spouse’s name, birthday, and anniversary as the passphrase. It is suggested to use numbers and special characters along with upper case and lower case alphabets in the password. Nonetheless, don’t create so complicated password that you yourself can’t remember it.
  3. Turn Off SSID Broadcast
    When you set up an Orbi network, you will be asked to create an SSID or network name that would be visible publicly. As a result, anyone can connect to your WiFi network without your knowledge. That’s why it is always suggested to turn off the SSID broadcast. Once done, your home WiFi network will not be visible in the available networks’ list of people surrounding you.
  4. Turn On Network Encryption
    Another way to secure your Netgear Orbi network is to turn on encryption. What encryption does is scrambles the contents of a message or your data so that other users are unable to decipher it.
    For your information, WPA2 is the most secure encryption type to use for your wireless network. In the event that you own devices that are more than 10 years old, then they might not support WPA2. Therefore, it is important to upgrade your home devices to take your network security and performance to the next level.
  5. Turn Off Your WiFi Network When Not at Home
    There is no need to keep your home WiFi network running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So, it is recommended to turn off your WiFi network when not in use. Doing so will lessen the possibilities of opportunistic hijackers trying to break into your network when you are not using it.
  6. Update Your Orbi Firmware
    Updating the firmware of your Netgear Orbi device on a regular basis can help you a lot in securing your network. The latest firmware updates always come with bug fixes, new features, and security enhancements. So, update your Netgear Orbi device’s firmware whenever it becomes available.
    Orbi features an automatic firmware update function. You can enable this function. It automatically updates the Orbi firmware every time when it gets available. No need to manually update the firmware on your Netgear Orbi device.
    As you can see, it is pretty simple to secure your Netgear Orbi network. Following these steps will merely take a few minutes of yours. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and make your network secure now! In case of any difficulty, feel free to reach out to our highly-experienced technicians at any time.