Throwing a party or having a bunch of friends over for dinner can be a ton of fun but it can also be extremely stressful. From picking food options that will please both the carnivore and the health-conscious vegetarian, to making sure you don’t sit anyone next to someone they “just can’t stand”, to worrying that Janine is going to bring that weirdo again (seriously, who was that guy??). The last thing you need is all of your guests stealing bandwidth from your devices, not to mention bothering you all night for your Wi-Fi password because “I know you already told me but I forgot and now I really need to show that guy Janine brought this awesome song on YouTube”. So check this inevitable migraine off the To-Do list by creating a Guest Network before your guests arrive; it’s easy to do plus it allows your guests to connect to a dedicated Wi-Fi network without affecting the devices connected to your private home network. Here’s how to do it:
While connected to your wireless network, open up your router’s settings by typing 192.168.0.1 in the address bar of any web browser. Log in with your admin username and password (you should have created these when you initially set up your router. If you have forgotten this information, you will need to reset your device and log in with default account info).
Click on the ‘ADVANCED’ tab
On the bottom of the left-hand menu, click ‘GUEST ZONE’
Check the box to ‘Enable Guest Zone’. If you want to create a schedule for your Guest Network, click New Schedule and fill out the form that opens. Otherwise your Guest Network will be active until you uncheck ‘Enable Guest Zone’.
Name your Guest Network and select what type of security you would like. If you want your guests to connect but not your neighbors, we recommend selecting WPA-Personal, choosing Auto for WPA Mode, TKIP and AES for Cipher Type and setting a ‘Pre-Shared Key’ (aka password) that is easy for your guests to remember. Otherwise select NONE under Security Mode and let everyone within wireless range go wild.
Click ‘Save Settings’ above and once complete your Wi-Fi Guest Network should appear in your device’s list of available networks. Easy!
So while we can’t help you figure out table placements, what to do for the menu (although here’s a tasty morsel I just had) or how to get Janine’s boyfriend to forget where you live, we hope this helps alleviate the stress a bit so you can enjoy the party with everyone else. You deserve it!