A WiFi router is used to connect to the wireless network in your home. The following information will help you manage your router's settings and security features. For more information, refer to your router's user manual.

Security Options

Your WiFi router has a preset network name (SSID) and network key (password) to prevent unauthorized access. Most routers are also configured with WPA2 encryption to maximize your wireless security.

Note: We recommend that you don't change these security settings.

Additional security features include:

  • Quality of Service (QoS): Prioritizes some types of traffic, such as voice or video, ahead of others.
  • Traffic Metering: Monitors the volume of internet traffic passing through your router's internet port. You can set limits for traffic volume and get a live update of traffic usage.
  • Parental Controls: Limit access to the internet and block select websites. Learn more.
  • Guest WiFi: Allows guests to access your wireless network using a unique SSID and password. This limits their access to your local resources.

Learn more about In-home WiFi routers.

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)

This feature allows wireless devices to access the network and connect to other devices as needed for file sharing, communication or entertainment purposes, such as multiplayer gaming. UPnP devices can automatically discover services from other registered UPnP devices on the network.

Dynamic DNS

Spectrum internet users are assigned a dynamic IP address. With Dynamic DNS (DDNS), you can register a domain name that automatically updates when your IP address changes. People who want to access cameras, computers or DVRs remotely often use DDNS.

Note: Spectrum doesn't provide support fo the DDNS feature of the NETGEAR 6300 and WNDR 3800/4300 routers. For further assistance, contact the vendor for your device.

Port Forwarding

Port forwarding allows remote computers to connect to a specific computer or service within a private local-area network (your home network). This feature is often used with gaming systems, web cams, Voice over IP (VoIP) Devices or an FTP server. Learn more.

Wireless Distribution System (WDS)

Some routers can be used as a wireless access point (AP). This enables the router to act as a wireless repeater to expand the range of a wireless network. Learn more.