Why and How to Disable Privacy Separator on Your Router

Disable Privacy Separator
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The routers we use on a daily basis are protected with built-in features and a privacy separator is one of them. It is meant for preventing wireless devices from connecting or interacting with one other.  After all, it’s important that the devices connected to the wireless network do their intended job and not communicate with each other.

Sometimes, there is a need to disable the privacy separator on your router. This guide explains how it’s done with simple steps. You may apply these steps to any router, even your Charter Spectrum internet router with ease.

Privacy Separator Explained

As mentioned earlier, the primary function of a privacy separator is to isolate all wireless devices connected to your Wi-Fi network.

But that’s not it. It ensures that devices connected to your Wi-Fi network are unable to determine what other devices are connected to the network and that they are unable to access or send information to other devices on the same wireless network.

This may be a great privacy feature especially when you are using a public network or a network you have put up to link guests and other devices. However, this function can make it difficult for the devices to communicate with one another, whenever needed.

Steps to Disable the Privacy Separator

Devices need to communicate on the wireless network for various reasons. For instance, you might want your connected devices to communicate with Chromecast or want to connect your smartphone with the printer to print something. If the privacy separator is enabled. It will prevent the devices from communicating and you will fail to perform the task.

To disable the privacy separator and how devices, you will need to disable the AP isolation on your router. This function is responsible for enabling privacy separator.

Ready to disable the privacy separator? Follow these steps:

  1. Find the IP address of your router
  2. Copy and paste this address and enter it in the search bar of your browser
  3. Hit enter and the screen will ask you to enter your network credentials
  4. Enter the credentials and head to the advanced settings of your router
  5. Find the AP isolation feature and disable the feature
  6. Save the settings
  7. You have now successfully disabled the privacy separator on your router

Benefits of AP Isolation for Business and Home Use

The reason why AP Isolation is featured included on so many routers is because router manufacturers want to make their products usable by both home and business consumers.

In a small business setup, especially when you are configuring a wireless hotspot for public use, AP Isolation is a rather important feature to enable. It offers an additional layer of security for those connected to a hotspot by preventing connections between PCs using the network. In this sense, each computer is isolated from the others in the network, hence the name AP Isolation.

AP Isolation isn’t really needed on a home router but it’s a good-to-have feature. It is only truly important if there are a lot of visitors connecting to the wireless network and there is no intra-house networking.

When the Privacy Separator is Absolutely Necessary?

Watch out! You have to be careful when it comes to disabling the privacy separator because you could be risking your privacy. Here are some situations in which it’s important to keep it enabled.

  • When it’s not required or necessary for the connected devices to communicate.
  • When you don’t have any means of communication between the devices. In a situation like this, disabling the privacy separators makes sense because. It offers an additional layer of defense against malware intrusions within your network.
  • If you own a retail store and openly share the Wi-Fi with employees as well as the customers who walk in.
  • When you want to set up and configure a guest network.

Final Words

While performing these steps to disable the privacy separator on your router, if you run into an error and fail to disable it on your own, contact your router’s manufacturer or ISP to report the issue and get technical assistance to configure the router.

Once the privacy separator is disabled. Your connected devices will be able to communicate with each other and you can enjoy the benefits that come along.

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