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Making an unsecure wireless network secure.

I have a Dlink DIR 300 router currently having a unsercured wireless network set up. I want to change that and make it a secure wireless network, i.e password protected. Is there a step by step procedure anybody can point me to , from where I can read and configure.
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Yes - that's not too difficult. Look at the manual (if you don't have one, you can download it here). The DIR-300 has a Wireless Security Setup Wizard included and it makes the setup a breeze. Look at page 62 onwards. Some hints:

  1. The name of your wireless network (your SSID) should be something unique, so nobody can connect to it "accidentally". Use a name that does not reveal the name of your router!
  2. Choose WPA2-PSK (Pre-shared key) as your authentication model if possible. WEP is not secure at all, although better than nothing (but not much.) If you have Windows XP installed, you might need an update for your wireless adapter (you can get that here)
  3. Make the password as long and difficult to guess as possible. Mine looks like "Vo90los0!d?k0slkfh...". All you do is copy that key into a text document, save that document on a USB-stick and paste it from there, when your computer asks for it (see page 78).
  4. Do the configuration from a computer connected via a cable - not wireless!
  5. Don't forget to change the default password for the web based interface for your router. All wireless security is useless if someone can just log into your router and get the password or - even worse - change passwords and take over your router(see page 47).
If you also want to enable MAC address filtering, look here. (MAC address filtering means that you specifically allow certain wireless adapters to access your router. This is a good measure, but MAC addresses can be spoofed, so it can only be another step into the right direction.)

Allright...If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I'm happy to help.

Posted on Jul 28, 2009

  • Roman Dec 20, 2011

    you said that "MAC address filtering means that you specifically allow certain wireless adapters to access your router...". It is applied only for Wi-Fi MACs? What if I connect one of the devices Ethernet Port(RJ45), PC,laptop, tablet, TV,etc, to the available Ethernet port on the DIR-300 router? And MAC address of this device not on the MAC address filtering list. Would I able to connect to the Internet, cause it is not wi-fi connection? Please advise. Thank you. Roman

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