Guest account on router?

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  1. vincenzo

    vincenzo Registered Member

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    We will be having some teenagers staying over for the holidays. Since they connect their computers to our network, I have in the past installed a second router just for them, to prevent the possible spread of malware from their computers to ours.

    I see that some routers have the ability to create guest networks. Does a guest network provide the same degree of protection from worms and other malware that a 2nd router would provide?

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  2. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

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    As long as it separates the 2 networks then yes
     
  3. Sully

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    Most routers I have seen that provide a guest network also have an option, something like
    "Enable routing between zones"
    so that if you desire, the guest network can access your normal network. Obviously you just want to make sure such an option is turned OFF.

    Sul.
     
  4. JRViejo

    JRViejo Global Moderator

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    vincenzo, for illustration purposes, here's my Belkin's Enabling guest access on the N+ router and the Authentication setting is also very important, should your router have a similar setting.
     
  5. act8192

    act8192 Registered Member

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    And here's an example from a simple Netgear router

    NetgearGuest.png

    I think recent Linksys routers also have the guest feature.
     
  6. vincenzo

    vincenzo Registered Member

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    Thanks to all for the responses. This has been very helpful.

    I'll have to look into a newer router since my present one does not support guest networks.
     
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