Security checklist for Cisco 74 router

1. Cisco 74 Router login and password

  1. To login to Cisco 74 Router, Open your web browser and type the default IP Address in the address bar
  2. You should now see the router login page with 2 text fields where you can type a username and a password
  3. The default username for your Cisco 74 router is admin and the default password is admin
  4. In the login page of the router's web user interface, Enter the username & password, hit "Login" and now you should see the Cisco 74 router control panel
Cisco 74 router default login

(Remember you must be at home and connected to home WiFi to do this)

And no need to get your breathing rates high in case you have changed the username / password of Cisco 74 and forgot them, as you can just reset the Cisco 74 router by press-and-hold the reset button with a clip for about 15 seconds.


Cisco 74 Quick links:

Try one of these most Common IP Addresses

Try one of these most Common Passwords

UsernamePassword
adminadmin
adminblank
adminpassword
blankadmin
blankblank

Is this not your router model ? Search your router

2.Change Cisco 74 Default Login and Password

Since, security of a network is vital, the first and foremost task is to change the Cisco 74 router Default Login and Password to something more personal and secure

Cisco 74 Router Password Tips:

Choose a complex and hard-to-guess password for your Cisco which only you can remember

It should be something personal, like &ilostmyvirginity@30, so that you will never forget it. Ever

Protect it

The amount of protection directly depends on the password complexity, and the effort taken to protect that password of your Cisco 74 router

Usability first

Give Password for your Cisco 74 router that you can remember (usability first). Of course, you can build a strong hash password with special character, numbers, greek and latin. But ultimately you will endup writing it on a sticky and putting it on the router which defeats the purpose. Here’s an example $lasttriptovegas0916

3.Change Cisco 74 Default WiFi name (SSID) and WiFi Password and enable Network Encryption

Another small suggestion (as it has no impact on security), is to change the Cisco 74 Default WiFi name (SSID) as it will make it more obvious for others to know which network they are connecting to.

Look for Network Name (SSID), this is the WiFi name of your Cisco 74 Router. Don’t use your name, home address or other personal information (since this isn’t a Facebook status!) in the SSID name. (No Mr.Paul&Princy) Few funny WiFi name suggestions: I’m cheating on my WiFi!, FBI Surveillance Van #594 (scares away stupid criminals), Lord of the Pings...

Once you enter the name for your network, you have to enable WPA2-PSK encryption on your Cisco 74 router. That’s the strongest encryption standard available for home networks.

Enter a new WPA Pre-Shared Key / WiFi Password – this is the password that you will use to connect to your home WiFi. Keep it 16-20 characters and (please!) don’t use the same password that you used for Cisco 74 router login!

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4.Update router firmware in Cisco 74 and turn on Automatic Updates

Router software often contains critical bugs and security vulnerabilities; so its important that you turn on Automatic Firmware updates and always keep your Cisco 74 router up-to-date. To turn on Automatic updates, Login to your Cisco 74 router and look for the section which contains Automatic updates and turn it "ON"

And even if the router has auto-update, check every now and then to make sure it is actually working, and the router firmware is up-to-date

5.Security is a continuous process

Just keep in mind to change the passwords often or at least once in every 6 months! on your Cisco 74 You do not want the safety you have worked so hard for to fail just because of ignorance, negligence or casual laziness! Time for a bulletin on the fridge, folks! We can remind you though? Enter your email on below! Nope, we’re not spammers!


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Cisco 74 Router Reset instructions:

How to Reset the Cisco 74 Router To Factory Default

To reset Cisco 74 router,

  1. Turn on the Cisco 74 router
  2. Look for the reset button, Few routers have a tiny hole and few others have a reset button
  3. Press the Factory reset button with a straightened paperclip pin or something that gets through the tiny hole, and hold it for about 15 seconds! (till you see all lights flashing)
  4. The Cisco 74 router will reboot automatically. the unit has been reset and is ready to use. You can start from Step 1 in this guide to set it up


Cisco 74 Password Doesn't Work

Passwords find a way to not work! Or, in most cases, users find a way to forget them! In either case, look up the How to Reset the Cisco 74 Router To Default Settings section

Forgot Password to Cisco 74 Router

Incase if you have changed the default username and password of Cisco 74 and forgot it, Please see How to Reset the Cisco 74 Router To Default Settings section

How to boost Cisco 74 WiFi and overcome connectivity issues:


1.Place the Cisco 74 in a perfect spot

The perfect spot does it all; be it romance or your router! To avail the best signal and network connectivity, make sure you keep your Cisco 74 router visibly and not facing the wall or behind the curtains

2.Find a Good Wireless Channel Instead of Auto on your Cisco 74 router

Auto channels might fail you once in a while; believe that you’re smarter than the Cisco router! Find a seamless wireless channel instead of what the router finds automatically. This would ensure that your signal does not interfere with that of your neighbors.

If you’re running a Windows-based PC, you can see what channels neighboring Wi-Fi networks are using

  • Press Start > type “cmd”. Open Command prompt
  • In command prompt type netsh wlan show all

You will see a list of all wireless networks and the channels being used in your vicinity. instead of using “Auto” for the control channel, Pick the channel that has the lowest interference

3.Check the frequency of Cisco 74

Check If Cisco 74 has dual-band, the more commonly used band would be 2.4GHz; however, switching to 5GHz would bring out better results! It depends on your device though; if you’re running an old lad, you might have to switch back to the conventional

4.Hardwire gaming consoles / media streamers into your Cisco 74 instead of WiFi

Gaming consoles/media streamers work better when connected through Ethernet cable of Cisco 74; in fact, as you might not be moving your TV all over the house, why connect it to the Wi-Fi at all? The gaming consoles / video streaming devices flood the network with data. This means that if possible, you should consider hardwire (using Ethernet cable) the devices that tend to consume a lot of bandwidth. Although this can sort of defeat the purpose of having wireless network, but it can actually help your overall network speed of Cisco 74 if you can hardwire the bandwidth hogs

5. Reboot Cisco 74 on a schedule

Here is something important to note! On schedule, folks, reboot your Cisco 74 router! Though routers are built to constantly be running at all times, simple tweak like regular power cycling (a fancy way of saying unplugging the power cord and shoving it back up) helps with most issues. Rebooting your Cisco 74 can fix Internet connection problems, improve slow moving connections and resolve wireless issues altogether. Try unplugging your Cisco modem on a quarterly basis to stay proactive (Never reset, always reboot modem)