The foundation of any smart home is the WiFi network that is connected to the Internet. Internet access starts with an Internet Service Provider, or ISP. ISPs usually provide a modem to the household, which is connected to a router typically purchased by the homeowner. Both are required to access the Internet and for the home to become “smart.” When considering smart home security, T&M's cyber security experts have a few recommendations on what you can do to secure your home network.
In many areas there is only one ISP servicing the region, so the homeowner does not have choice when it comes to internet providers. However, consumers have a large selection of routers to chose from. Modern routers are amazing- they perform the jobs of multiple devices by redirecting Internet data, providing wireless Internet, as well as executing security functions. Most routers tend to be plug-and-play, working almost instantly out of the box.
There are a few additional configuration steps you should take to help ensure the security of your home network: