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Article Summary: As the name suggests, a guest Wi-Fi network is for guests, such as family or friends, to connect their internet devices to when in your home. A guest network is an easy way to stay safe from possible threats and unwanted devices connecting to your secure home network. As your Wi-Fi password is probably the first thing asked when you have guests over, read on to discover how to create a guest network and how easily it is to manage!
As most of us are aware, home network security is extremely important. If your Wi-Fi network is not secured correctly, it leaves you vulnerable to various security threats. Fortunately, threats can usually be addressed with simple measures, such as setting a solid Wi-Fi password and not allowing guests on your primary home network.
Most Wi-Fi routers give you the ability to create what’s called a “guest Wi-Fi” network. Unlike your regular Wi-Fi network that you and your family members use, the guest Wi-Fi network restricts what your guests can do in your network. Specifically, it gives visitors access to your Internet connection and nothing else. They can’t see any of your devices on the network, and they don’t have the ability to access them. Most importantly, they can’t accidentally introduce malware or compromise your devices or data in any other way.
Anyone looking to connect to your Wi-Fi will see your primary Wi-Fi network name and your guest network name. For example, if your primary network is called “MyWiFi,” your guest network might be called “MyWiFi-guest.” Each of these networks has a separate strong password, one you share with guests and the other that you only communicate with family members. When a guest asks you for your Wi-Fi password, you simply give them the guest Wi-Fi password and ask them to connect to “MyWiFi-guest.” Once they’re connected, they can use the Internet, and you don’t have to worry about any security threats.
*You must have GigaSpire or GigaCenter router to use My Westman Wi-Fi App*
When you tap the “+” icon from the app’s main menu, you will have the option to create a guest network by selecting Networks.
In the Add Network screen, do the following:
Keep a record of your guest Wi-Fi password and make sure it’s the password you share with visitors to your home, rather than your primary Wi-Fi password. And don’t forget to change your primary and guest Wi-Fi passwords every few months .
If you have any problems changing the name of your guest Wi-Fi network or changing your password using the web interface, contact our support team at 204.725.4300 or Toll Free: 1.800.665.3337 or visit our Support page.