If you do not have the money for third-party network security, you can perform your own network security with a basic understanding of how to test your network. Below are a few things that you can do on your own.
Learn About 192.168.1.1
The 192.168.1.1 IP address is used by Linksys broadband routers as well as many other types of mainstream routers to connect to other devices on the network. More importantly, 192.168.1.1 is the IP address that broadband routers use to initialize themselves. Accessing this IP address is also known as the “default router IP process.”
Unless it has been hacked by a very proficient coder, 192.168.1.1 cannot be accessed by anyone other than the home or business to which the router is connected. Because it is a private IP address that is very difficult to hack from the outside, it is the best choice for people who are looking to test their network settings.
Before testing any process on a router, make sure that you are on 192.168.1.1. Think of this is the equivalent of starting Microsoft Windows in safe mode or turning off all extensions on Firefox before running the program in order to localize and fix any problems on the main circuitry first. Because this is the default IP address for most mainstream router companies, it is a great default for you as well.