Settings in the router when changing company
You will most likely be delivered your new router set up with a factory network name and passwords. Maybe it’s even outdated or doesn’t have the proper settings of security. You should review all of this from the beginning and avoid problems that may affect the operation, but also your own safety.
Check that it is up to date
The first thing is to verify that it is updated. This will depend on the router model you have. In some cases it will update itself. In others, on the other hand, you will have to do it manually. You may have to go into the router’s settings or download a file from the manufacturer’s website.
Whatever your case, it is essential to have the firmware updated to the latest version. In this way, you will be able to avoid certain vulnerabilities that affect the use and quality of the connection.
Change factory settings
You should also change the default values. For example, you can change the network name, but what is really important is to change the passwords. That is what will help you improve your security and avoid problems. In many cases, there is an easy key to figure out.
You shouldn’t just change password Wi-Fi, but also the access to the router configuration. You can put one that is complex, that has letters (both upper and lower case), numbers and other special symbols. Avoid putting simple things, such as your name or date of birth.
On the other hand, to enhance security does not only consist of changing the password. There is a very important point and it is to use a correct encryption. Avoid using ciphers that may be old and outdated. This could lead to a hypothetical intruder managing to break the password.
Ideally, you should use WPA-3 encryption, which is the most recent. However, you can also use WPA-2, which is equally secure, with which you will avoid compatibility problems with many devices.
Test DNS servers
Normally, the router is configured with the dns servers from the company you have hired. The connection may go well, but it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes it is convenient to change the DNS servers and use others, regardless of which company you have contracted. This can make it load faster when opening a website.
What DNS can you try? There are many options. Some of the most common are those of Google or Cloudflare. It’s a matter of seeing which ones work best in your case, if you really need to change them. Changing the router’s DNS is easy.
See if you need to improve Wi-Fi
In this case, it is not a change that you must make in the router itself, but in the network. You may notice that the signal is not reaching where it should be. Perhaps the coverage is very weak in a room where you are going to connect or you cannot access the Internet from a certain device.
What you can do is have some device that helps you improve wireless network. There are many options. For example, you can install a Wi-Fi repeater. You can also have a Wi-Fi Mesh system or PLC devices. In this way, you can take the connection to other places in the house.
As you can see, if you have recently changed your Internet company and have been given a new router, you may have to do some adjustments. It is essential to maintain security, but also to achieve good operation so as not to have problems of any kind.