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Securing our wireless connection

Yes, my mother-in-law purchased a router for her laptop which is hooked up to my modem because I have comcast for my desktop computer. I just purchased a laptop my self and toshiba helped me connect to my mother-in-laws router. When I was about done the connection stated that it was a unsecured line. My question is how do secure the line. The router tech support wants to charge me to fix this problem. Evidently the router is out of its free tech support time even tho it is only a 6 months old. Can you help me with this problem?

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    Billy Marshall May 11, 2010

    Read the users manual or post the modle so I can and help you out

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Hi … perhaps I can help..

There may be more than one way to set to set up security on this router. However, most routers accept manual configuration. There are four main steps to this:

1)Login to your router
2)Change the router password
3)Change the SSID, or network name

4)Enable WPA encryption.

Here the details (based on the Netgear Rangemax manual - if this is not your model, please check back):

Important note: use a wired (ethernet) connection to the router to set up wireless security.

1) Login to your router.
You have probably done this already, but here it is again for clarity. Type the router address in the address bar of a web browser. The default for this model is http://192.168.1.1 or you could try www.routerlogin.com (or .net)

You are prompted for the username and password. If you have not changed the password, enter username: admin and password: password

This should bring up the configuration screen/user interface.

2) Change the router login password.
Under Maintenance in the left hand menu, go to Set Password. Set and confirm a new password. Click ‘Apply’ when finished.
Tip: write this on a label and stick it to the router.

3) Change the SSID (network name):
Under 'Setup', go to Wireless Settings. You should see the Wireless Network Name,or SSID, at the top. Change this from the default, NETGEAR, to anything you like – as long as you can remember it. It is case sensitive, and you can use up to 32 letters – but don’t use something that could identify you, or your location. Click ‘Apply’ when finished.


4) Enable encryption
Still in the Wireless Settings menu option, you should see the Wireless Security Options section. You have a number of options for encryption. Select WPA-PSK: though strictly speaking, the correct option depends on your wireless adapter. However, this is a good choice to start with.

Under Passphrase or WPA 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 - 456HapPY2009toyou8892). It is case sensitive.


Note down the passphrase, or network key, carefully. You will need this to connect wirelessly. (The network key may also be called a WPA shared key, PSK, pre-shared key, authentication key, WPA key, WPA-PSK, security key). Click ‘Apply’ when finished.

That's it, you have done enough to secure your network, and can close the screen.

There are further security options to enable if you wish, but these three are the most important.

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 network 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 Jan 07, 2009

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