Question about Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router
I would like to know how to set a password on my Linksys router, since I suspect someone is using my internet for their benefit. A set-by-set process would be lovely, thank you in advance.
First, you will need to select a Security Mode. Think of these modes as different languages, I can't tell you which one to choose, because depending on how new your computer(s) wireless card(s) are will determine how many languages they can "speak" with the wireless router. WPA2 is stronger than WPA, which is stronger than WEP. The easiest way to determine is to create a new wireless connection on your computer and see in the drop down list which modes your computer(s) cards can speak. You are looking for choices like WPA2, WPA, WEP (note which ones). Cancel out of there once you have determined the modes your computer(s) card(s) are capable of speaking.
In order to make the changes to your wireless router you will temporarily need to connect to it directly through an ethernet cable. Once you have run the cable from your computer to your wireless router...
In your web browser go to the URL http://192.168.1.1/. This will take you to a popup box which asks you to enter a username and password to login to your router.
On older LinkSys routers, the default username is blank and the default password is "admin". On newer Linksys routers, both the default username and the default password are set to "admin".
Once you are past the login screen, you are able to reconfigure the LinkSys router. You want to go to the Administration tab and change the Router password to something else (write this down) to keep others from accessing your router. Click "Save Settings".
Next goto Wireless Tab -> Basic Wireless Settings and change the Wireless Network Name (SSID) to whatever name you would like (ex.- "keepout"), be sure to write this down on note as your SSID, and set Wireless SSID Broadcast to "Disable", then click "Save Settings".
Now goto Wireless Tab -> Wireless Security, select the highest security mode you determined your computer(s) are capable of speaking earlier and create a key (write down) and click Save Settings.
Disconnect the ethernet cable from you computer and router. Now back in your computer(s) you will need to either edit existing wireless connection or create a new wireless connection and enter the SSID, Mode, and Key you created earlier.
A knowledgeable hacker could still penetrate your network, but the hassle usually is almost always more trouble than it is worth and they will move on to plentiful easier targets (like you were).
Posted on Jan 28, 2009
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