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Different devices can be used to enhance the security around the home and business. Smart phones can help monitor the house when the home owner is away. Smart speakers can turn on and off the security system. But what if the router to the internet can do the same? It makes sense. Majority of the internet is used to keep home security up and running. Why not make the device that connects to the world wide web itself a line of defense? But there are many questions to ask before going out and buying a gateway to protect the house.

  • How does it work?
  • Will it require work to set up?
  • What exactly does a gateway do?

Protect America took the time to break down each question.

What Exactly Does a Gateway Do?

First of all, what is a gateway? According to the site, What is My IP Address, it is broken down as,

A gateway is a node (router) in a computer network, a key stopping point for data on its way to or from other networks. Thanks to gateways, we are able to communicate and send data back and forth.

Think of the gateway as the bridge from the laptop, desktop, or mobile device to the internet itself. Without that bridge, nobody can connect to it. A gateway works best with wireless internet connections. It can even connect multiple computers to the internet around school and workplaces.

How Does a Gateway Work?

The big question is how does a gateway work with home security? Just like with multiple computers with the internet, it can help to manage other smart devices. A number of home security systems rely on the internet to make it function to the best of its ability. Once everything is connected, smart devices can be used to control and monitor the home security system. It would help to set up devices to the gateway itself. If the network is secured, the home owner would have to connect the smart device and put in the password. There are other requirements to just to make sure that everything works properly. The biggest one is the security to the internet connection itself. If left unsecured, people can sponge off of the internet connection for themselves without paying. This could leave them access to the home security system. Hackers could get in and disable it on a whim. After getting the gateway set up, the home owner has to get started right away setting up the name and the password itself. The stronger the password, the stronger the home security and gateway would be.

Does it Require Work to Set Up?

The answer is yes. Will it be so hard? That will depend on the type of equipment that is purchased. First, the home owner has to find a place in the house that has the strongest connection. Wi-Fi spots are tricky depending on where a person lives. Some places are really strong while others are really weak. Once the location is picked out, take the gateway out of the box and get it set up. Usually, it comes with wires that need to be plugged in. Nowadays, that is not the case anymore. Once everything is set up, press the button to turn it out. Is it over from there? There are still more steps to take to achieve the best security from the gateway itself. As mentioned above, an unsecured network says, “Come on and take me over.” PCMag offers several tips to keep the network and home security system safe. One suggestion is to use a strong password and change it every few weeks. But what happens if the password is forgotten. PCMag says,

If you forget the new username/password, you should probably stick to pencil and paper, but you can reset a router to its factory settings to get in with the original admin generic info.

The site also offers to change the router admin username and network name from the default to make everything much more secure. It all comes back to common sense used on the internet in general.

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