How To Be Notified of Your Router’s Networking Activities

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You’ve got mail — and it could be from your router. And here you thought your router’s only purpose was to make sure that data travels seamlessly from point A to point B. Any router worth its salt can email you directly with daily status checks, access log files, and other useful information.

So what’s the point of giving your router the power to email you? First off, you gain a detailed look at all of your devices’ networking activities, as well as information on the kinds of devices connecting to your network that you may or may not know about. In some cases, you can also receive instant notifications when new firmware updates become available that can give your router additional features, improved security, and simplified configuration.

Choose your log options

Here’s how to set up router logging and reduce all the information that your hardware collects to just the key bits and pieces that you need to know.

  1. Fire up your D-Link router’s Web configuration screen and click on its “Status” tab.
  2. From there, click on the “Logs” link on the sidebar. You’ll now see your router’s log, a text-based record of activities, attacks, and other networking information that’s probably a bit too detailed for you to make any real use of.
  3. Uncheck the box that logs perceived router attacks by third parties: Your log, limited to a small number of entries at once, will fill up far too fast if it records every instance of someone trying to bother your network. (There are just too many systems testing your network on a daily basis for this information to prove useful.) Stick to System Activities and Notices only to receive barebones information about your router’s core operations, including any internal errors that pop up.
  4. Apply Log Settings

Logging? Check. Emailing? Check.

Now that we have your router ready to log, it’s time to tell it how to email its information right into your Inbox.

  1. Click on your router configuration’s “Tools” tab
  2. Click on the sidebar link that says “Email Settings.”
  3. Check the box for enabling email notification
  4. Give your router the configuration details it needs to connect to a mail server of your choice. If your SMTP server requires a specific port (or authentication process), enter the appropriate settings detailed by your email provider.
  5. If you don’t want a constant barrage of information from your router, be sure to select the “On Log Full” option for emailing your log files to yourself. This tells your router to only email you when your log file is full.

On router models that are enabled to email you when there’s a firmware update for your device, check the appropriate box under the “Firmware” sidebar option on your router’s configuration screen. That notification in itself is worth the five minutes it takes to set up your router’s email settings, as firmware updates can increase your router’s stability and connectivity — and maybe even add new features, too!

It doesn’t take long to set up your router’s logging and emailing features, but they’re worth the added bit of communication. From learning about incoming connections when you aren’t home, to receiving upgrade alerts when your router’s ready for new firmware, logging and emailing is one of the seldom used but very handy features your router delivers!

This story, "How To Be Notified of Your Router’s Networking Activities" was originally published by BrandPost.

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