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How to secure a wireless network, access point, or router

Once you have setup your wireless router, it is a good idea to secure it, so that attackers have a harder time getting to your network (if they can get to it at all), and so that people cannot steal your internet, and possibly slow your connection's overall speed. Here are some key tasks to preform in order to secure your network:

  • Disable SSID Broadcast - Doing this makes your network virtually invisible to other devices looking for a connection
  • Change SSID - Most hackers/attackers know the default SSID for routers. Changing it will make it harder for them to guess your network's name (and knowing the SSID can be half the battle).
  • Enable Encryption - This makes it so that you need a password to connect to your router wirelessly. Obviously, setting a password makes it harder for a hacker/attacker to access your network. (I suggest setting a WPA2-PSK rather than WEP, because WEP is able to be cracked)
  • Change Router's IP Address - This is another default setting that hackers/attackers find useful. Changing this, just like changing the SSID, will make it harder for people to figure out your network's address (which would give them a better opportunity to change the settings on your router, just as you are now).
  • Change Router admin password - If someone somehow gets onto your network, doing this will make a last line of defense against a person changing your router configurations.
  • Enabling Wireless MAC Filtering - Doing this will allow you to prevent or allow a specific device or devices connection to your network. (note: not recommended for the regular house hold, because it can be a big hassle for connecting new devices)
Though similar in features, each device has a different way of go about these tasks. If you need further assistance for your particular device, or have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.

After preforming these tasks, your network will be much more secure. I am looking forward to getting feedback on this guide.

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my router seemed to reset and I cannot setup my network


Hi,

You will need to access Router Control Panel.

To Open Control panel follow this Link
Once the Control Panel is open then
Click on "Wireless" Tab (Menu) and then Click on "Wireless Security". you can change Wireless Network key from here.

This link will give exact idea about Setting Key .

Mar 28, 2010 | Linksys Wireless-N WRT150N Router

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i have a dlink dkt-110 and have no idea how to secure it without loosing it


Are you trying to secure the wireless network then you will need to access the router setup.
Is there any computer connected to the router?
If not then you will need to connect the computer to the router.
once you open to the router setup, you will see the option of secure the network.
Click here for more info

Dec 03, 2009 | D-Link 802.11g Wireless Router WBR-1310...

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how to setup the wireless router


Hi,

If this is the first time you are trying to setup the router, might you need to install the router first.

otherwise my suggestion for you please contact your internet service provider / router company to get router configured to enjoy the secured wireless network.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Aug 30, 2008 | D-Link 802.11g Wireless Router WBR-1310...

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SECURITY ISSUE ON LAPTOP- UNSECURED ON NETWORK


You didn't specify what router you are using and what type of connection. I assume you are using wireless connection from your laptop. What you need to do is setup security on your router. I can't give you any specifics because I don't know the model of your router. Please read documentation and try to go to wireless security on your router and setup 64-bit WEP then specify 10-digit code. Save your configuration. Try to connect your laptop to the network. If it prompts specify the same WEP security then enter the same 10-digit code. It should work.

Good luck!

Jun 07, 2008 | Actiontec Computers & Internet

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