How to Make a Private Wi-Fi Network

By Jedadiah Casey

Private wireless networks are designed with security and obstruction by requiring a strong wireless network password and hiding the network broadcast from view. A good secure private network will use the WPAv2 encryption standard and disable the broadcast of the network name, or SSID. You can make a Wi-Fi network private by implementing WPAv2 encryption and hiding the SSID broadcast that reduces wireless connectivity to those who know the password and the SSID.

Step 1

Open a Web browser.

Step 2

Type "192.168.1.1" without quotes. Press "Enter."

Step 3

Type the router's username and password. Default combinations are a blank username and "admin" for the password, or "admin" for the username and "password" for the password.

Step 4

Click the "Wireless" link.

Step 5

Click to disable the SSID broadcast.

Step 6

Click "Save" or "Apply," depending on your router type.

Step 7

Click "Security" or "Wireless Security," depending on your router type.

Step 8

Click to select "WPAv2" encryption. Enter a password for the wireless network.

Step 9

Click "Save" or "Apply," depending on your router type.