Wireless LAN: Secure configuration

Setting up a secure wireless LAN connection

Use the possibilities of wireless network connections to access the home network and the Internet quickly and easily with computers and mobile devices. To offer optimum protection at all times, the FRITZ!Boxes by AVM already fulfill a high security standard upon delivery. You can provide even more protection for your network by taking note of a few tips when configuring the wireless network.

Use the WPA2 key

When you start operation of your FRITZ!Box for the first time, a wireless LAN connection is already enabled. The SSID – the name of the network – is generally identical to the name of the FRITZ!Box (e.g. FRITZ!Box 7490). When you access this network wirelessly, you will be prompted to enter a security key. This key is printed on the base of the FRITZ!Box.

Change the network name

At this juncture there are two ways to increase security: First, change the name of the radio network. Select a name for the SSID that gives no indication that you are the operator or what it is used for (business or personal).

Specify a secure network key

You should also replace the preset network key: Make sure that the password comprises at least 20 characters, including numerals, letters, special characters, and a mix of lower-case letters and capitals. Click here for more tips on safe network keys.

More tips for maximum security

It is also advisable to restrict logins on the FRITZ!Box user interface by requiring entry of a password. This password should be different from the network key and known only to those users who are allowed to change settings on the FRITZ!Box.

Use features of the FRITZ!Box

What is more, you can use the wireless LAN schedule to turn off the whole wireless network during the nighttime hours when no one should be using it. Simple enter the desired period of time in the corresponding menu item on the FRITZ!Box user interface. You can also reduce the transmission power of the FRITZ!Box so that it will not transmit beyond your own home – which also reduces interference for the neighbors.