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Securing wireless network connection

I have an Arris TM502g wireless router. I would like to know if there is a download that would enable me to make my wireless connection 'secured'.

It is presently unsecured.

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  • rmjd22 Dec 19, 2008

    Thank you for responding. I guess that is the problem, that I only have a modem and not a router. Again thank you for your help.

  • May 11, 2010

    According to Arris' website, the TM502G is a modem only, not a router. If you have this connected to a wireless router, we'd need to know the brand and model of the router. Most routers already support several types of wireless security protocols, but accessing and setting them up differs.

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You need to log into the wireless router either by a computer that successfully connects wirelessly or by physically connecting with an ethernet cable. Once connected, log into the router by open a web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari), and typing the router's address (usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1) into the Address (or URL) line. The default usernameand password is usually "admin" & "admin" or "admin" & "password". Once successfully logged in, look for a tab or link that says "Wireless" or "Security". You'll be able to change whether security is enabled or disabled, and the password associated with it. Your security options are WEP or WPA (or WPA-PSK). WPA-PSK is the most secure, but WEP is also an acceptable choice. Select the security option of your choice and either enter text into the passphrase generator or choose your own password and type it into one of the security key text fields. If you use a password that is not a plain english combination of letters and numbers, be sure to write it down so that you can enter it as needed on other wireless devices that need to access your router (ie-pda phones, game consoles, laptops, desktops, etc). Be sure to save changes so that the security settings and password is saved.
Let me know how you make out.

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