Question about Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G Router
Before you begin, please try to configure the WRT54G from a hardwired PC for simplicity. Whenever security is changed you’ll need to change the settings on all wireless units so it’s a good rule of thumb to do security changes from a hardwired PC if possible.
Accessing the Router
1. Go to your desktop and double click on Internet Explorer (Located on the Start Menu in Windows XP)
2. When "Internet Explorer" opens type the routers IP address into the "Address" bar and hit the [Enter] key (The Wireless routers default IP address is http://192.168.1.1)
3. The "Enter Network Password" window will appear.
4. Skip user name and type in your password (admin is the default password), and click OK
Setup Page Security Options
When you arrive at the Setup page, you'll see the bulk of your wireless security features. There are three things you're going to want to set on this page:
a) Delete linksys from the "SSID" field
b) Input your own unique SSID. We general recommend something easy to remember, but secure enough to where people would not be able to guess it easily. Sometimes your best bet is to use your last name and add some numbers, in this example we’re using linksys12345678910.
c) Click Apply then Continue
2. SSID Broadcast
SSID broadcasts allows other 802.11b and 802.11g users to see your Access Points SSID, by disabling this option is similar to closing your binds and not letting people see through. If you have Windows XP computer(s), do this step last.
a) Select Disable on the “SSID Broadcast”.
b) Click Apply then Continue
a) Set “Wireless Security” to Enable.
b) Click the Edit Security Settings button.
c) A window will appear prompting you “Do you want to enable the Security Encryption?” click OK.
d) When the "Security Settings" Window appears, set the “Security Mode” to WEP*. Then set the “WEP Encryption” to the 128 bits 26 hex digits option.
NOTE: 128 bit WEP may not work on non-Linksys products due to its lack of an IEEE standard
e) Enter a passphrase** that is different from the SSID. Try to make it alphanumeric; instead of just security, use security12345, then click the Generate button.
f) After the key has been generated copy the key into a notepad document and copy that file onto a floppy.
*NOTE: There are other security options, which the WRT54G uses, however, not all wireless adapter currently support security implementations such WPA and 802.1x. Most wireless adapters support either 64-bit WEP or 128-bit WEP, so Linksys recommends using WEP unless you know that all of your wireless adapters support WPA.
**NOTE: The passphrase will not work with non-Linksys products, so you will need to use the 1st key that you copied onto floppy. You will also need the key, not the passphrase for using Linksys products under Windows XP
g) Click Apply then Continue
h) Close the window
Posted on Nov 17, 2008
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Access the router's default configuration address through your Web browser by entering this address: http://192.168.1.1 (see Resources). Do not enter a user name. Enter "admin" for the password. That process works for all new Linksys routers. If you have changed the user name or password in the past, use the user name and password that you created.
When the configuration screen opens, click on the "Wireless" tab and select "Wireless Security" to view the router's current security password. The "Security Mode" field will say "Disabled" if you do not have a password to secure your network.
Select the appropriate encryption type from the "Security Mode" drop-down menu. Linksys routers offer WEP and WPA encryption. WPA encryption allows you to use a single password to access the network. WEP encryption creates 10- or 26-character keys that act as your password. Some of your wireless devices may only utilize a certain type of encryption. Determine which protocol is best for your network.
Enter a password that will be required to access the network. For WPA encryption, you can write your own password. For WEP encryption, click the "Generate" button to create passwords that can be used to access the network. Write down your passwords and keep them in a secure location.
Click "Save Settings" to confirm your changes. Your network will now be secured and will require a password for access.
Click the "Administration" tab to create a password to access the router configuration page itself. Be sure to change the password from the default "admin." Reenter the password for confirmation in the next field. Click "Save Settings" to confirm your new password.
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