Linksys Home Network Defender - Home Networking Defender Setup

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Linksys Home Network Defender
Home Networking Defender Setup
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Router Configuration:

With the LELA (Linksys EasyLink Advisor) you don't even have to login to your router using the traditional web interface.  The software allows you to do basic router setup through a much prettier interface.  However, if you still want to jump into the traditional router interface that will also work just fine.

 Security Config
Security Config
 SSID Configuration
SSID Configuration

 

Along with the basic router configuration such as SSID, Encryption and password, you also have the ability to turn on Home Network Defender for 30-days free.   You have the option to sign up for a new trial or if you've upgraded your router, you can log in an as existing customer and bring over your account.  I queried Linksys to see if your settings would all be imported if this was a replacement router, but they replied that they don't store any settings information on their servers.  The only information they store is your account details that enables you to put the Home Network Defender to work on another router.  You'll still be required to set it up.

Enable Home Network Defender
Enable Home Network Defender

 

As I didn't previously have an account for the Home Network Defender, I needed to create one which is as simple and picking a password to accompany your email address.

Create HND Account
Create HND Account

 

Home Network Defender:

Within seconds of creating my account I was taken to a network map that does a pretty good job of detecting computers and devices on the network.  It has no trouble detecting devices, but doesn't always assign the correct device type.  For instance, it didn't know what my Wii was and it detected a repeater router as something altogether different.  It is easy to rename and change the device type however and I quickly corrected these.  It was interesting to see that my D-Link DNS-323 was detected as a Print Server.

 Network Map
Network Map

 

As you can see I've got quite a few devices on my home network and LELA displays them all nicely.  When a new device is introduced to the network, you immediately have an option to flag it as an intruder or allow it to access the network.  By default the device will have access - which is not a big thing if they've already typed in the WPA2 passkey or are plugged into the network.  If they have hard-wired access or have the passkey they probably are allowed to be on the network.