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Neeed to enable encryption on a Linkseys Wireless G Router

I set up the router without encryption for ease of use. But now I have a suspicion that someone is hitching a ride on my account. So I need to encrypt, but do not want to start the process until I am sure how to do it.

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  • moosemenace May 13, 2009

    Would it be easier to just reset the router to factory values using the reset button and start over again? Moosemenace

  • moosemenace May 18, 2009

    Thanks to all of your advice. I got WAP2 and also a lot of other little things reconfigured on the router. Now that snoopy neighbor will have to get their own wireless!!

    Yipee
    moosemenace


  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    Glad you got it working.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    That could present a problem.

    I know on one of my older routers resetting it forced me to teach it how to connect again. That was a 5 minute minimum process. That's why I suggested if you don't know the login credentials contact Linksys support for assistance in resetting those credentials. They will probably have you reset the router anyway, but they will know how to help set up the router in working condition again. That's something we wouldn't be able to help you with because your Internet would be offline until you set up the router to work properly again.

    So contact Linksys support by phone. If you're inside the U.S., the call is free.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    First of all we need to confirm that you can access your Wireless Router's control panel. This is quite simple, really. All you need to do is go to Start>(All) Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt. Afterward type in: ipconfig
    now press Enter to execute the command. We're looking for the IP Address associated with the, "Default Gateway." The following screen shot depicts what I am saying.

    http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/2319/...

    Once you have that IP Address, type it into the address bar of your favorite web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc...) without adding www. or .com. Now press GO or Enter to visit the website. The control panel of your router should appear. At this point you should be asked for a user name and/or a password. If you don't know them, try searching for the default values through Google. Here is an example of what to search for:

    WRT54G default password

    If you still can't find your login credentials or all the ones you have tried, failed. You will have to call Linksys Technical support for assistance in resetting the login credentials.

    Once you do manage to login, come back here and let me know. Then I'll continue assisting you in enabling Wireless Security.


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    AJ Jones May 18, 2009

    Thanks for the rating... :)

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Makes sense. Setting up wireless security is not difficult but does require multiple steps on both your router and any wireless computer you want to allow to conenct to it.

Do you feel comfortable making changes to the router configuration?

Here is a link to a document that walks you throw the steps on the router. It was designed for students at USM but is generic enough to be useful.

http://usm.maine.edu/computing/roadrunner/routercfg.jsp

This only covers the router. You will need to modify the configuration of your wireless cards in each PC. They need to be set to the same security method and passphrase(password) as the router. This passphrase is not the same one used to login to the router itself but the complex one created under the wireless security tab on the router admin screens.

WARNING **** Connect your PC to the router using a cable and NOT wireless. Once you make a change and you save it, you will be kicked out of the router configuration screens if you are running wireless and you will not be able to reconnect.

Good luck

Posted on May 13, 2009

  • Rick Osgood
    Rick Osgood May 13, 2009

    reseting the router will at least get you back to the original starting point. You should be able to conenct to the router from your browser by going to the address line and enter: 192.1681.1

    If it works you should be prompted to login. The default login is admin or adminstrator and the password is left empty.



    Again, do this while connected directly to the router and not via wireless.



    After that, follow the steps in the USM link I provided earlier.

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