Home Network Modem/Router & PC Security & Settings

Private Home Network Security


Your Modem/Router settings by default are secure, but you can add some additional basic security. No severe need to mess with it unless you run a Domain and/or a business network.

To Access most modem/router combos, open a browser and type in and press enter. You may have a different address to access modem/router. If so, search web with make and model or get your paperwork or manual.

Now, if you want to prevent someone from accessing the modem for reasons such as, setting time limits for kids or restricting websites, then you can set an administrative password likely in the advanced section.. Write it down.

NOTE: Never change your PPP User Name or PPP Password, as this is your ISP ID. If you do, you will lose internet access immediately or within a short period.

Now, if you feel someone knows your wireless WEP or WPA-WPA2 encryption key you use for connecting your devices on your network and you want them blocked, then you can change you encryption key in the wireless security section of the settings. The key will vary in length and is alpha-numeric and case sensitive and apply the setting.

Write down the current one exactly that is assigned to the modem/Router, and then select custom or change and enter a new key the same length and mix it up good and apply the setting and write it down exactly.

NOTE: If you use WPS (Wireless Protected Setup), or want to use this instead, as it is more secure, then push in button on modem/router, (PIN# is on bottom of modem/router) and then use the WPS section in settings and connect. You can also enable here and connect.

You can also change your SSID (Network Name), which is the name you see when you discover available networks to connect to, so changing this may protect you more from a  known unwanted person even identifying your old Network ID. You should also be able to hide this name. If you do, then people on Home Network or elsewhere may not see it to connect.

DHCP Reservation List:

Here you can view and remove any devices that is, or has ever been connected to this Modem/Router.

NOTE: Always reboot your modem after modem/router changes or after new devices are connected for the first time. Also after modem reboot, restart all PC's on your Home Network.


PC's and Devices:

Be sure to always use a password for signing in to your PC or device. You can also add a pre boot password to your BIOS or UEFI on start up.

Be sure to use Virus/Firewall Protection, which you already have in Windows 10 using Defender. You are fully protected and need no other software.

Set User Accounts for children and less trusted people to a Standard Account type and also use Family Safety software to protect your children and network.

Be sure to be on the Private Network Setting.

You can also set up a VPN connection for more security, but it is not needed.

You should also set your location settings to protect your privacy more.

Be sure to set your network sharing settings. You can use password protection if you choose between PC's and devices on your Home Network. You only have to enter it once if you select the, Remember your Credentials box. if you forget them or need to change or delete User or Passwords for access to another PC, then your credentials are located in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Credential Manager.

Make a habit of sharing content by placing such items in your C:\Users\Public folders. This will share between Account Users on a PC and all Users across all PC's on your network.

Permissions are set to Read only by default, you can add the Change permissions, but people can read/execute/write/delete folders/files.

Full means that users can manage permissions for those folders/files. Be sure if you share additional Drives, to also set these permissions to your needs.

Avoid junk or suspicious E-mails and questionable websites or their add-ons/plug-ins to access something, or installing free software and especially free toolbars. They usually/or can have Malware/Spyware which can hinder your system and steal your personal information and more.

Set your PC to use a password when woke from sleep.

To see more about Connecting PC’s and Users for Sharing, check out the article below. Very good and easy to understand information to make sharing easy and safe across your Home Network.

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Thanks for the great info, but I am trying to figure out how to connect a W10 PC to a WiFi network that does NOT broadcast its SSID. That instruction is not anywhere in this documentation, at least not that I see... I MAY, however, be blind....   ;-)

If it is hidden, does it show any hidden in the list from the taskbar tray network icon, (LEFT CLICK) If not go in to modem/router combo or router and get the wireless encryption key and select to unhide SSID and save. reboot modem and log off PC and back on to PC or power phone, xbox off and on and enter key


If you are using WPS, then the pin# is on bottom of modem or router.

then go back and hide the network SSID again. reboot modem and restart all pc's and devices

I will try what you have suggested when I set up the network. I was just looking for direction at this point, which you have provided. Thanks!
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Thanks, Seahawks65!!


Thanks for the replies. I forgot to post after everything was complete...

The instructions above worked as expected!!!

You are Welcome!

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