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Protection on my Mac


Hi there,
I have a Linksys wireless router (G broadband 2.4 GHz).  It's brilliant and I rarely have any problems with it.  My dilema is that my wi-fi is not protected and I have no idea how to protect it. I have a P.C and a MAC.  Initially I connected to the internet through cable but when I bought my new MAC a few years ago a friend installed my router too so that both my computers could access the internet.  The router is now plugged into the cable socket and obviously I access the internet via wi-fi.
Have you got any ideas as to how I begin to protect my wi-fi now?
Many Thanks,  Jennie

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  • turtlelover Oct 29, 2008

    Thank you so much for all your help.  My router is connected directly to my Mac and I tried your first option but unfortunately it didn't work.  I am going to try your second option tomorrow so I'll let you know!

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Given that you have setup the Internet connection on your router, encrypting the wireless security will be fairly easy for you. Just follow these steps.

1. You should use you PC or MAC that is connected directly to the router via an ethernet cable. You can use PC or MAC, which ever is connected directly to the router (Connected thru cable not wireless).

2. Open Internet Explorer / Firefox (PC) or Safari / Firefox / Internet Explorer (MAC), then go to the address bar and type http://192.168.1.1 into the address bar and press enter. A window will pop up prompting you for a username and password to access the configuration page for your router. Leave the username blank and type admin as the password (**If that will not work, (Enter admin for both the username and password)

3. You should see the Setup page shown below :

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4. Click on the Wireless tab at the top of the settings screen. Change the Wireless Network Name (SSID) from the default value to something unique (you can use your name or last name, or any name that you would like, because that will be the name of your wireless network, that will be the one that your wireless computers will detect) then click on Save Settings and then Continue when the Settings are successful dialog is displayed.



5. Now click on the Wireless Security subsection at the top of the page. In order to password protect your wireless network first use the Security Mode dropdown box to select WEP and then from the WEP Security dropdown box select 64 bits 10 hex digits. Choose a password between 6 and 8 characters and type it into the Passphrase box. Then click Generate. It Will generate 4 keys (Key 1-4). You will use key 1 as your password.


6. Finally click Save Settings and then Continue when the Settings are successful dialog is displayed.

7. Now let your wireless PC scan for available wireless networks, find the name of the wireless network that you have specified earlier for SSID then connect to that network. Of course since the network is password protected, it will ask you to enter a password, this is time that you will enter the network key (Key 1 - password).



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  • Master JC Oct 29, 2008

    **If the above steps will not work, you can use a software that will re -setup the router for you including the wireless security. It is an interactive setup complete will visual instructions. You can use this tool if your router's model is on the list :



    BEFSR11

    BEFSR41

    BEFSR81

    BEFW11S4

    WRK54G

    WRT100

    WRT150N

    WRT300N

    WRT330N

    WRT350N

    WRT600N

    WRT54G

    WRT54GC

    WRT54GL

    WRT54GR

    WRT54GS

    WRT54GX

    WRT54GX2

    WRT54GX4

    WRTSL54GS





    **You can check the model of your router at the bottom part of the device itself, check the small sticker and check the model number.



    ** If your router is on the list, you can use this tool, here is the link :





    http://www.linksysfix.com/check/HomePage...








    Just click on Easy Link Connect Link and save the file into the desktop. After Download just run the file or just double click on the file that you have downloaded.






    The file icon looks like this :






    Just Follow the directions in the interactive software setup. It will give all the instructions and will provide visual directions as well.



    NOTE : If you use this tool, you will have to use a wired PC (not MAC), the PC that is directly connected to the router via ethernet cable.

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