January 20, 2021

Strange new suspicious router behaviour. Need experienced security advice…

A while ago, our router settings PW stopped working despite nobody changing it. So I started thinking someones hacked it (might explain the apalling speeds & strength, and constant cutouts). I wanted to check who was connected to the router, but as sods law dictated: The PW wasn’t working, so the only option was to factory reset, meaning any shady connections or config tampering would just be erased.

Weeks later after a setting new SSID’s, Wi-fi PW & router PW, I noticed the 5G network wasn’t appearing anymore, but a new network (just a MAC address) was in range. Accessing the router settings I noticed our 5G SSID had randomly changed itself to the MAC address of the router (???). I’ve never seen this happen before so it again got me paranoid about hacking attempts.

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Does anyone know what might explain either of these weird occurances? I honestly can’t think of any explanation except intrusions but maybe I’m just paranoid. I mean why would a PW just randomly stop working, and how could an SSID change all by itself? What can I do to detect intrusion attempts at the hardware level?

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Thanks

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