Router Buffalo WHR-1166D

Here you find how to configure and reset Buffalo WHR-1166D Router.

Buffalo WHR-1166D

Preconfigured wireless settings

SSID:
On an information card that comes with the router
Password:
On an information card that comes with the router

Accessing your router's configuration interface

To connect to your router's web interface, follow these steps:

  1. Switch on router
  2. Establish a connection between the device and the router via network cable or Wi-Fi*
  3. Open web browser
  4. Enter IP address in the address bar and confirm with ‘Enter’ key
  5. Enter username as well as password in the login form and confirm

Reset Buffalo WHR-1166D router to factory defaults

To reset the Buffalo WHR-1166D to its default settings, you have to do the following steps:

  1. Turn on router
  2. Press RESET button and hold for at least 3 seconds
  3. Device is automatically restarted
  4. Router has been reset to factory settings

The unit will reboot automatically. Once the power light stops blinking, the unit has been reset and is ready to use. Resetting the router does not reset the firmware to an earlier version, but it will change all settings back to factory defaults.

Buffalo WHR-1166D Router Security

Change Buffalo WHR-1166D Default Wifi Name (SSID)

Rename your Buffalo WHR-1166D Default Wifi Name (SSID). Some Buffalo routers come with default network names (with the name of the manufacturer). We recommend to use a different name because a default name unnecessarily identifies the make of your router, making it easier for attackers to break in.

Change Buffalo WHR-1166D Default Password

It’s easy for a hacker to find out the manufacturer’s default password for your Buffalo WHR-1166D router and then use that password to access your wireless network. So it’s wise to change the administrator password for your Buffalo WHR-1166D router. When you’re deciding on your new password, try to pick a complex series of numbers and letters and try to avoid using a password that can be guessed easily.

MAC Address filtering for Buffalo WHR-1166D router

MAC filtering allows you to limit access to your Buffalo WHR-1166D router. To enable this feature, enter into your Buffalo WHR-1166D router the 12-character MAC ID of each computer that will connect to your network. Be sure to update this information if you add or remove devices.

Disabling Broadcast SSID for Buffalo WHR-1166D router

Buffalo WHR-1166D router transmits your Wi-Fi network ID (the so-called SSID) to everyone. This may be changed at will by unchecking the corresponding box in the settings. Then your network will not be so easily hacked. However, as a compromise, you will have to enter the SSID every time that you connect a device to the network. This step is not mandatory.

MAC Address filtering for Buffalo WHR-1166D router

MAC filtering allows you to limit access to your Buffalo WHR-1166D router. To enable this feature, enter into your Buffalo WHR-1166D router the 12-character MAC ID of each computer that will connect to your network. Be sure to update this information if you add or remove devices.

Where are you placing the Buffalo WHR-1166D router in the house?

You wouldn’t think about this at first, but where you place your Buffalo WHR-1166D also has a bearing on your security.

Place the Buffalo WHR-1166D router as close as possible to the middle of your house. The first benefit is that all the rooms in your house have the same access to the Internet. The second benefit is that you don’t want to have your wireless signal range reach too much outside your house, where it can be easily intercepted by cybercriminals.

For this reason, don’t place your Buffalo WHR-1166D router next to a window, since there’s nothing to obstruct the signal going outside your house.