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How to Set Up a Guest WiFi Network

In order to protect your privacy, it is advisable not to give your guests your WiFi password. What you can do instead is set up your router for guest access. Here’s how to set up a guest WiFi network:

How to Set Up a Guest WiFi Network

  1. Enter your router’s IP address into the search bar of any browser. You can log into your router by typing your router’s IP address into the search bar of any web browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.). If you don’t remember your IP address, check out our guide on how to find your router’s IP address.

    Note: You might be prompted that the webpage you are trying to view is not secure. Make sure that you have the correct address typed in, and then click on the option to proceed. If you don’t see the option, click Advanced > Proceed.

  2. Log into your router as admin. You can find your router’s password in your browser’s settings page. If you don’t know your login information, check out our guide on how to find your router’s password.
  3. Find the guest network settings. If you can’t find a dedicated guest WiFi section, check under Wireless Settings.

    Note: There are some routers that do not allow you to create guest WiFi networks. If you do not see a guest network section, you might not be able to create one.

  4. Enable the guest WiFi access. Depending on your router, this could be a switch that you toggle on or a box that you check. 
  5. Set the guest WiFi network name. This is typically the field labeled “SSID.” Some routers will fill in your network name by default with the word “guest” added to the end. You can change this or leave the name as it is.
  6. Set the guest WiFi password. Depending on your router, you might have to go to Security settings. If you don’t know which router security option you should choose, check out our guide here.  

    Note: Be sure not to use the same password for your guest network and your main network. You should also choose a password that is easy enough for your guests to remember, but hard enough that random neighbors can’t guess what it is.

  7. Finally, save your new settings. You can now share the WiFi name and password with your guests. 

Some routers will give you an option to set how many guests can access your network. Other models also let you set the time that guests can connect to your WiFi. You can also enable the network name to be broadcasted, so that your guests will be able to find it automatically. If you’re concerned about privacy and security, you can simply tell your guests the network name and password instead. 

Now that you know how to set up a guest WiFi network, check out our blog on how to test your WiFi speed.

Updated on January 21, 2020

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