Wireless LAN: Secure your network key

A secure network key for the home network

When you start operation of your FRITZ!Box for the first time, the wireless connection is protected with a WPA2 key. This is generally printed on the base of your device and is used automatically whenever you restore the factory settings to the FRITZ!Box. However, for maximum security you should change this key and enter your own.

Easy to find on the interface

To change the security key for your wireless LAN, log in to the web interface of your FRITZ!Box. Navigate to the "WLAN" module and then click the "Security" tab. Here you can not only define the kind of encryption, but also enter and change the network key.

Maximum security through regular changes

What is true for all passwords in general is certainly true for assigning the wireless password. Do not select any password that would easy for third parties to guess. It is generally not a good idea to use actual words. Instead, decide on a "chaotic" mix of various characters. If you do this to create a completely random password, the security of your home network and your data is increased considerably.

Draw from the whole pool of characters

For creating a password you have at your disposal more than just the letters from A to Z in both lower case and capitals. You can also use spaces, the numerals 0 through 9 and certain special characters. This final category includes ! "# $ % & ’ ( ) * + , - . / : ; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^ _ ` { | } ~. A longer password is also to be recommended: The system allows any length between 8 and 63 characters. You should take maximum advantage of this range. Taking these factors into account in selecting your password provides for the best possible security in your wireless home network.