It has become a common practice for hosts to share the password to their home WiFi network with guests. This practice, however, has serious security implications. After all, you don’t just give each and every guest who enters your home their own key, don’t you?
Of course, you also don’t want your friends and family to be deprived of internet access when paying you a visit just to improve your security. The solution? Guest WiFi network!
A guest WiFi network is basically a secondary network that’s intended to be used exclusively by guests and other temporary users.
Guest wireless networks are commonly created by public-facing businesses to provide customers with internet access without inviting them to the same network that connects their servers, computers, and other IT assets.
Guest networks can also be created by regular home users, and most modern routers make it very easy to do so. When used this way, guest networks prevent guests from accessing shared network resources like printers, network-attached storage, and shared folders.
To serve the intended purpose, it’s a common practice to protect a guest network with a unique password when configuring WiFi encryption and security settings, instead of reusing the one that protects the main network.
Even if you don’t mind sharing your WiFi password with others, there are multiple good reasons to create a guest WiFi network. Let’s explore some of them:
As you can see, learning how to set up a guest WiFi network can unlock many valuable benefits, and the next section of this article explains the process step by step.
Follow the steps below to set up a guest WiFi network:
That’s how easy it is to set up a guest WiFi network from scratch. As you can see, you don’t need to be an expert to complete the above-described steps.
Should you encounter any issues with the performance of your newly created WiFi network, you can use a network analyzer like NetSpot to perform a wireless site survey and analysis to troubleshoot the problem.
NetSpot can collect detailed information about all WiFi networks in your real area and visualize coverage on a map to reveal all signal dead zones, among other things.
While the guest WiFi functionality is becoming more and more common, there are still some routers that don’t support it. To find out if your router can create a guest network:
Keep in mind that not all manufacturers call the guest WiFi functionality the same. For example, D-Link refers to it as the Guest Zone.
As we’ve explained earlier in this article, guest WiFi security benefits stem from the separation a guest WiFi creates between guests and devices on the main network.
This separation can also be used to stop Internet of Things (IoT) threats, such as hacking and malware. That way, you don’t have to constantly ask yourself the question, “Who's on my WiFi?” just because you don’t trust your smart home devices to be as secure as their manufacturers claim they are (the reality of IoT security can be alarming).
Instead, you can rest assured, knowing that even the most skilled hacker can’t jump from your guest network to the main network and breach your personal devices.