Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
If you have any questions on which network security to use, please see my tip, about wireless network security, also see, a word on passwords.
Note: these instructions are generalized for most common routers, if you are having trouble with your router, please post a question providing your routers model and what you are trying to set up, thank you.
First you must log into your router to change the settings. To do this, you need to user your web browser and type in the IP address of your router in the address bar like this: http://192.168.2.1/Note, the numbers I used in the example are the most common default IP address for routers, look in the user manual for your router for your IP address, if it is 67.73.736.93 for example (I dont think any routers use that but its an example) then you would use: http://67.73.736.93/
Also please use the user manual for your router for information on how to change your routers default administrator password, this will prevent others from changing your network settings.
Now you will be at the main page for your router. There should be a column on the left or at the top of the page with options.
find and click on "security" or "wireless security"click on the "security type" drop down box and select, WPA, click on "authentication" drop down box, and select either WPA or WPA-2, some have an option to use both, this is good for networks that are running some older machines as well as new.
enter a passkey in the box, write it down.
if there is a checkbox that says "obscure psk" make sure it is checked.
when you click "done" or "save" your router will restart,then go to your computer and connect to your network, it will as you for your password that you just created, type it in, and select "remember this network".
congradulaions, you are done!!
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