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5 Quick Ways to Secure Your Home Wireless Network

Here are some fast ways to prevent unwanted visitors on your home wireless network. You'd be surprised how easy it is for someone nearby to hop onto your network if you don't take some precautions. Read the manual of your wireless router and educate yourself about how to take these steps.
1. Change the default administrator username and password. This may sound silly, but this is really the most important of all. If you do all the other steps and not this one, then anyone can easily log into your router and actually lock YOU out! This should be the first thing you do when you log in to your router the first time.
2. Change the Default SSID Anyone out there lurking about looking for an easy network to hack into is looking for the network names (SSID's) that most routers ship with. Do yourself another easy favor and change that name from "linksys" to something just a tad more cryptic.
3. Disable SSID Broadcasting Once you change the name of your network, it's even better if your router isn't broadcasting your name to anyone who walks by with their laptop. This way only people with whom you share the name of your network can find it.
4. Turn on WPA encryption A good strong passphrase that contains 3 kinds of characters will only help keep intruders from guessing their way onto your network, and make it harder for them to crack using other kinds of tools.
5. Enable MAC Address Filtering This last one is perhaps the most overlooked, yet very powerful. Every wireless network card in every computer has a unique alphanumeric code called a MAC Address. (MAC stands for Media Access Control.) It is essentially the license plate for your computer. Only your computer has this specific MAC address. So even if the great hacker out there gets through all your other blockades, your router will deny them if their MAC address isn't yours.

Good luck! Don't be afraid to educate yourself a little when you buy a new router. Read about these basic steps and keep your information safe.

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find ssid number for linksys model wrt54g


SID broadcast allows computers to quickly locate a new network and connect to it. In wireless home networks computers often use only the home network, which makes SSID broadcast unnecessary. Disabling SSID broadcast adds a bit of security to your wireless network, because computers won't be able to see your network's SSID.
Log into the router.
  1. Open your webbrowser and type http://192.168.1.1 in the address bar. This is the default IP address of the browser.
  2. Type your login info in the login screen. Default: 'admin' (without quotes) in both fields.
  3. Go to Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings 'wireless
  4. Set SSID broadcast to 'disable'.
  5. Click Save Settings.
On the next page you will set a router password to prevent unwanted visitors from accessing your router setup.

Sep 23, 2011 | Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G Router

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i am trying to connect my netbook to the internet and it won't connect because it can't find an ip address i have looked and tried everything what do i need to do?


The first way, and one I use a lot, is just plug your netbook into your router at home, using the netbook's Ethernet port and the cable supplied with your router.
This way works every time, gives a fast and secure connection, but means that you need to use your netbook within cable distance of your router. Any internet usage will be part of your normal broadband usage with your home ISP, but isn't the point of netbooks that you can be mobile with them? Who wants to have nice new netbooks tied up by a cable?

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2 - Wireless netbook connection using your home ISP
Another way to get online with netbooks if you're at home is to connect wirelessly to your home router.
It's a very easy process - just turn the netbook on and it will seek out your router. You get a fast connection, good security (if you tell your router to use WPA encryption) and it will usually work anywhere in your house or garden. Several netbooks, laptops or other computers can use your internet connection this way from the same router, so your family and friends can use their netbooks at the same time.
3 - Wifi netbook connection out and about

A really cheap way to get online when you're out and about is Wifi. Many busy locations - pubs, hotels, shopping malls - have "wifi hotspots" which are simply powerful wireless routers that you can use to connect your netbooks wirelessly to the net.
Some are free and can be used by any computers that are nearby. Others are owned by telecomms operators like BT Openzone or mycloud and you need to pay to use them. Monthly subscriptions or pay as you go are available. So are these free and cheap choices ideal for using with cheap netboks?
For anything other than general browsing on netbooks, beware of wifi. The free ones have no security at all, and the others have password protection, but the data you send and receive is not encrypted. This means anyone in the vicinity could snoop and listen in on what you were doing. I don't bother with wifi for this reason.

If you have a wireless router you must know the password you made when you set the router up.
Try also to look in your controlpanel network and shareringcenter.

Hope this was helpfull.

Mar 10, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Visitors cannot get onto the internet without a Linksys password. Where would that be found?


Hi. I would suggest taht you contact your Internet Service Provider or the person who setup the wireless internet connection for you. Hope this Helps

Jun 04, 2010 | Linksys 2.4 GHz 802.11b Wireless - B PCI...

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how do I secure my wi fi so my neighbors cannot use it


There are three things you can do. Now, I am assuming you can log onto your router and work your way through the setup to make these changes. Also keep in mind that as you change these settings, you should be wired into the router. If you are using the wireless connection to make these changes, then everytime you adjust something, you'll need to make the change on your computer to re-establish the wireless connection. Believe me, wired is much easier.
1. You can "Hide" the SSID, meaning that when others go looking for Wireless signals to connect to, they cannot see yours. It is usually refered to as "Broadcasting".
2. Use a passphrase authentication Key. WEP, WPA or WPA2. These are in order of security level. WEP is the weakest, WPA2 is the strongest. You will need a Passphrase key that the WAP knows and your computer knows that will be used to establish comm. You will need this passphrase when setting up every computer to the WAP, make sure it's easy for you to remember. Don't ask me to tell you what the abbreviations mean; WPA2 / PSK / TKIP. When in doubt, use those selections.
3. Only allow a certain # of DHCP users and use the MAC table to assign designated IP's to your computers. I have mine set up to only give out IP addresses to 5 devices, and the three devices I always use are always given the same IP, so the router designated those IP's only for those devices. With 5 available and I have three devices, that leaves 2 IP's for visitors who come over to visit that I allow to jump on. Of course you can just give only the number of devices you have at home to make sure there is no chance of a hop on.

Using these tool should keep you secure.

Oct 25, 2009 | D-Link RangeBooster G WBR-2310 Wireless...

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