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What is a Guest Network?

By March 3, 2009

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Belkin N1 Vision Wireless Router Companies and schools often support so-called guest networks as part of their overall computer networking setup. A guest network is a small section of an organization's computer network designed for use by temporary visitors. This subnetwork often provides full Internet connectivity, but it also strictly limits access to any internal (intranet) Web sites or files. Besides helping to keep an organization's internal information private, guest networks help avoid spreading any computer worms that visitors may have on their systems.

Guest networks are also becoming more popular in home networking. Some broadband routers like the Belkin N1 Vision include guest network features. This allow families to share their home network with friends and relatives in a controlled manner without needing to expose private Wi-Fi access codes or other personal data.

See also - POLL: Do You Allow Neighbors to Access Your Wi-Fi Home Network?

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Comments
March 10, 2009 at 4:28 am
(1) zorro says:

hi, nice post. just wonder if this ‘guest network’ feature needs any setup

September 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(2) Jordan says:

Hello.,, If i was to make a guest wifi account on my d-link router… could it be dangerous, and could i Be hacked?, so can someone awnser say if its safe/dangerous to have one , Thanks

June 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm
(3) Brandon says:

Jordan,

If you were to leave the guest network unsecure, you can be hacked, but the ‘Guest Network’ is secure in other ways. For example, your files in the intranet are secure, wireless devices such as printers and other network devices are safe as well as your router login. Your administration login page for your router cannot be accessed so your wireless settings are safe. The ‘guest network’ just allows other people to access your router with the use of a network key if you decide to provide one and so the people do not know your password that you use for your primary network.

June 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm
(4) frank says:

this has been a bit of an annoyance for me, when I use my laptop it defaults to the neighbours “guest” network instead of remaining logged into my own. How can I rectify this?

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December 18, 2013 at 10:16 am
(6) Sarah Stevenson says:

Hello,
Please help! I am finding this Guest network Cisco thing on my phone! It is asking me for the password. What is this and why do I have it on my cell phone? I am on my fathers family plan so does this mean he is looking at all that I do on my phone?

Sarah

December 18, 2013 at 10:19 am
(7) Sarah Stevenson says:

Please help!
This CISCO guest password thing is not allowing me to access my FB on my cell phone., I am on my fathers family plan. What is going on!!????
Sarah Stevenson

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