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I have a router by "Linksys Wireless 2.4 GHz". I need to password protect my wireless connection - I received a notice from Charter Communications that I had violated a copyright by downloading a movie - I called them becausse we did not download a movie and they told me that someone was using my wireless connection and I should get it password protected - can you help me?

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  • janped123 Jan 22, 2009

    OK, if I go into control panel i pick wireless connection? I am so sorry, I want to thank you for your help, but I am not computer savvy, could you break it down for me step by step? Thanks so much for trying to help.

  • janped123 Jan 22, 2009

    I did what you told me and all I got was websites that took me into routers to buy and other people that had questions - I did put in the exact address with periods etc.

  • janped123 Jan 22, 2009

    Thanks for your time and help, I think I will take it to someone who knows more than I do - which at this point could be my dog :)

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Yep, someone is piggybacking off your router. I found a kid last week doing the same thing. Go into the router control panel, type this into your address bar 192.168.1.1 ,that should get you into the first screen for your router, then Log in, if you never changed the password go to the second line and type admin into the second line, that should take you to the setup page, click on wireless, you will then see a panel that shows your connection status. Change the encryption to wep or wpa,1 or 2, it's just going to encrypt the signal. You will see a key that is quite long, you can change that to a ten digit or more number that you will remember. You will have to go into each machine that is in your network, and type in the new key that you made along with the wep or wpa encryption you changed it to. That is it you no longer have an open connection nor a shared connection. Just remember that if you use a WiFi phone or anything else wifi, it will automatically ask for the "KEY" from now on. That's just the way life is now, kids don't consider it stealing. You need to do this right away, anyone who is hacking into your network, could easily obtain access to your files passwords etc, with very little skill, also change the "admin" default password on the router log in page, and write everything down or you won't be able to get in without reseting everything, good luck

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  • George Bill
    George Bill Jan 22, 2009

    Open internet explorer, the browser that you are reading this on, and highlight the address bar on top where it says www.fixya.com, at the moment, and type in the address
    "102.168.1.1" and hit enter, then just read the rest of the instructions I sent you, make sure to put in the periods in the way I showed you, that is your routers address

  • George Bill
    George Bill Jan 22, 2009

    you are doing something wrong, perhaps you are typing it into the search engine, the little window, that is not the address bar, the address bar is where you type in the address. All Linksys routers have the same ip address, that is the way they work. If you are still having problems, try the linksys web site and read the "setting up the router", and setting up a wireless connection. This has nothing tto do with setting up a new connection, you already have the connection you just want to change the security settings. Your router is hooked up yes, and you are going thru it to connect to your desktop or laptop, either in wired or wireless mode. If "and i'm being serious", if this is giving you this kind of problem, please have someone set it up for you, as if you make a mistake you will loose your connection. And end up having to get someone to fix it, good luck

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