Why You Need a Guest WiFi Network  - Blackfoot Communications
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Why You Need a Guest WiFi Network 

May 24, 2024

With an open network with visitors, anyone connecting devices to your primary WiFi has potential access to other connected devices, such as computers, smart home devices, and more. This poses significant security and privacy concerns and risks. However, a guest WiFi network provides a robust solution. It offers internet access to your guests while keeping your main network safe. Devices on the guest network are isolated from your devices and can’t see information transmitted over your primary WiFi. This additional layer of protection significantly reduces the risk of potential security breaches or unauthorized access to your personal devices and data, making you feel protected and secure. 

Here are some reasons why you should consider setting up your guest WiFi network: 

  1. Security and Privacy: Your main WiFi network likely has devices connected to it that store sensitive information, such as computers, smartphones, and smart home devices. Providing a separate guest network reduces the risk of visitors accidentally accessing these devices and potentially compromising security.  
  1. Bandwidth Management: Guest streaming videos, downloading large files, or playing online games can consume a significant amount of bandwidth, potentially slowing down your internet connection for your use. With a guest network, you can limit the bandwidth available to guests, ensuring that your devices have priority. 
  1. Ease of Management: Leveraging an app simplifies the process of managing guest access, offering features like setting time limits or passwords that change regularly. This convenience saves you from the hassle of manually changing your main WiFi password every time you have visitors, providing a sense of relief and reducing your burden.  
  1. Visitor Convenience: Guests might feel more comfortable using a guest network rather than asking for access to your main network, especially if they’re concerned about accidentally accessing sensitive information or are unfamiliar with your home network setup.  

Overall, having a guest WiFi network can help you maintain security, privacy, and network performance while still providing convenient internet access to your visitors. 

Are you curious about how to set up your guest network? The Blackfoot Connect app makes creating a secure guest network simple: 

  1. Open the app and go to My Network 
  1. Click the + in the upper right corner of the screen and choose “Add Network.” 
  1. On the next page, click the dropdown to “Select Type” and choose “Guest.” 
  1. Give your network a name (something distinguishable), set a password, and keep the “Isolation” setting on Enabled. 
  1. Choose an endless duration or set a custom period when it should be active. 
  1. Click Save in the upper right corner of the screen, and you’re all set. 
  1. Share the guest’s WiFi name and password with visitors. 

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