Setting Up Remote Access
On Your Home Network Wireless Router
Wireless Remote Access:
Router remote access is a very useful and important tool in today’s world.
Wireless home networks have evolved into another work location for your important files and information.
The wireless router sets the rules for how WiFi Technology functions and operates to secure your network.
Today’s wireless Router Settings allow remote access from the Internet.
This convienant access can be used to transfer your home networks files to any computer in the world via the Internet, or gain access to private files while away.
With your wireless router having so much control over your wireless home network, setting up remote access is a nice feature.
When you’re on the road and need to make changes to the security settings of your wireless home network, it’s still possible.
Wireless remote access can be achieved simply by using a Mobile Hotspot to establish a connection and make the changes necessary.
After setting up remote access by enabling the “Remote Management” feature in your wireless router you’ll have the ability to make changes to your wireless home network anywhere you go, as long as you have an Internet connection.
Creating a point of entry into your wireless home network is only one aspect of the topic, and leads to the need to now secure the doorway you will create into your private network.
WHNME has provided some suggested reading on the subject, so you can have a better knowledge and understanding of the responsibility that comes with WiFi remote access, and setup several layers of security, which should include and not limited to MAC Address Filtering.
Setting up remote access:
In this example we’ll be using configuration screen shots from a Linksys E1000 series wireless router to demonstrate how to not only enable “Remote Management”, but how to keep this feature secure by granting remote router access only to computers you specify.
Let’s start by logging into your router, so we can access the Remote Management configuration page we need to setup router remote administration.
If you require assistance signing into your wireless router, or you’re not unfamiliar with the process, we do provide instructions for several wireless enabled routers on the market.
|Linksys Router Login Procedures||Netgear Router Login Procedures|
|Belkin Router Login Procedures||D-Link Router Login Procedures|
If your manufacture of wireless router is not listed on the navigation bar to the left under the section “Wireless Routers & Access Points”, you will have to consult with the user’s manual for the wireless router you own.
Wireless Remote Access
Let’s get started:
WHNME will now guide you through the process of setting up a remote WiFi connection option, so you can access your wireless router settings and private network across the Internet.
- Once you’re logged into your Linksys routers main setup and configuration screen, Click on the “Administration” tab, which will open the routers “Management” page.
For security purposes the router will not allow changes to the management configuration page without first changing the routers default password.
- Create a password that is not a word found in the dictionary, use capital and lower case letters, and add several numbers past the 8th digit. This will make breaking the password practically impossible, even with password cracking software.
- Write it down before you forget it, and store it in a safe place for later use.
Now that you’ve changed the default password we can setup remote access.
- In the section labeled
“Remote Management Access”
- Select the “Enabled” radio button for “Remote Management”.
- Leave the “Access via:” at its default setting of “HTTP”, and the “Remote Upgrade” option on “Disabled”.
- For the option “Allowed Remote IP Address:” Type in the IP address or range of addresses that you wish to grant the remote access capability.
- In the “Remote Management Port” field you can just Leave the default port of 8080, which will be open to external access.
In the next section of the “Management” page labeled “UPnP” is where you can set what kind of changes are allowed by remote users logging into the router.
- Click the “Save Settings” button to save the settings.
Accessing your wireless router remotely:
Now that you’re finished setting up remote access on your wireless router, we only need to obtain its external IP address so we can login over the Internet.
To display your wireless routers external IP address.
- Click on the “Status” tab in your routers setup and configuration menu.
- Write down the “Internet IP Address” under the section labeled “Internet Connection” that is displayed for your wireless router.
The external IP address and the port number is what you need for remote router access.
- Simply open a web browser from a remote computer across the Internet and type in the external IP address you wrote down during its configuration followed by a “colon” and the port number assigned, press “Enter”.
A login box will appear prompting you to login with your router credentials giving you wireless remote access to you router on your wireless home network.
That’s it! You now have wireless remote access, and the ability to make changes to your wireless home network router from anywhere in the world.