As more and more everyday devices become internet-enabled, our home WiFi networks are quickly crowding. Apart from phones, tablets and computers, it’s rather common to see appliances, smart speakers, doorbells and smart home devices connected on a network.
However, if you see something connected to your network that you don’t instantly recognise, that can be a worrisome thing. In this article, we’re taking a look at what Ampak Technology is and why it might show up on your network.
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Why is Ampak Technology on your network?
Ampak Technology is a company founded in 2000 that works with optical communication and wireless multimedia. The company also offers a range of products, including Wireless SiP, Wireless HDMI, WiFi modules, as well as routers and access points.
This means that there’s a good chance that the router or any of the devices that are connected to your network are powered by Ampak or are manufactured by the company and hence are identified by the company’s name in your network.
To identify what device is from Ampak, you can note the IP and MAC address of the device and find the corresponding device from the ones connected to your network. In any case, it’s perfectly normal to see devices listed by company name in your network’s connected clients.
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Is Ampak Technology safe?
If any clients connected to your network are manufactured by Ampak or contain some tech from the company, they’re safe. However, if you’re positive that you’re not using any Ampak devices and the name still shows up in your network’s client list, there’s a chance that an attacker is impersonating Ampak and has potentially breached your network.
To fix this, you can try out the following three countermeasures.
Change your WiFi password
The simplest and quickest solution to the problem is to change your WiFi password. You might have to go through the hassle of setting up all your legitimate devices again, but this will ensure any unwanted devices aren’t connected to your network.
Block the unknown device’s MAC address
Pretty much all routers feature a MAC address-blocking method that can either allow or deny network connectivity to a particular device. You can either allowlist all your devices and automatically reject every other device or blocklist the suspicious device alone and kick it off your network.
WPS allows clients to connect to a wireless access point without entering a password. You do this by pressing the WPS button on your access point, allowing any device connecting to the network to go through. Disable WPS on your router to ensure no unauthenticated devices can access your network.
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