Question about Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router
Hi Sharmelle1, thanks for this info - I think you wanted to secure your wireless connection? I don't know if you've tried to do this already, so will set this out as if this is your first attempt.
Note: use a wired connection to the router when changing the router configuration.
There are four main steps. They are the same for most routers, but I have used the linksys manual for specifics.
1) Login to your router:
Open your web browser as if about to view a web page, but instead type the router address in the address bar. For this router, it is http://192.168.1.1 (note, there is no 'www')
Enter the username and password when requested. If you have never changed these, the username should be left blank, while the password is admin.
You should then see a configuration screen (the user interface).
2) Change the router password.
Click the 'Administration' option, then 'Management'
You should see the option to enter and confirm a new password for your router (click 'save settings' when finished...)
3) Change the SSID (router name):
Click the 'Wireless' menu option and 'Basic Wireless Settings' (Wireless Network). The SSID (router name) is displayed on the page. The default is 'linksys'.
It's best to change this to something else (anything is OK, as long as you can remember it. But not something that could identify you, or your location.)
4) Enable encryption
Still in the 'Wireless' menu option, click 'Security'. Under the 'Security mode' dropdown you have a number of options for encryption. WPA is safest....I would pick WPA-Personal.
I would leave the default settings, but in the box marked WPA shared key you should enter a long password, or passphrase, between 8 and 63 letters/numbers long. This can be any series of letters/ numbers, or you can use a phrase with numbers ( eg - 456HappyhOLIdaystoyou8899). It is case sensitive.
Note down the passphrase carefully. You will need this to connect wirelessly. (The WPA shared key may also be called the network key, PSK, pre-shared key or passphrase). Click 'Save settings' when finished.
That's it, you have secured your network, and can close the screen.
When you next connect wirelessly, you'll see the router with its new name in your 'available wireless networks'. When you attempt to connect, you are asked for the WPA shared key you set in Step 4. If all goes well, you can then save this and will connect automatically in future.
Hope this helps you. Please come back to Fixya if this doesn't work or if you need help with any of it.
Posted on Dec 13, 2008
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