Question about Belkin (F5D7230-4) Router (587009)
Router works fine but not secured...how do I put pswd on now...
It is not that easy.
Routers have administrative passwords but they only control who can update the router's configuration not who can logon to the wireless network. It is good to assign one. It would also be good to write down your router's configuration -- the special stuff because when you foget the password and reset the router normally both the password and your precious configuration are reset to factory default.
Securing your wireless communication which is what I believe you want to do can be done in several ways.
First by encrypting the communications. In that process both your ROUTER and your WIRELESS ADAPTERS must be configured with the same passphrase or key to encrypt/decrypt the data being transmitted. This is like a password but not one you enter when you want to logon.
The second is to use a quasi-unique identifier called a MAC address in your network adapter (incl Wireless). If you choose this approach you have the burden of placing each and every MAC address permitted to use your network in the router's configuration and only those in the router's configuration can use your network.
Many people opt for the encryption without the MAC address filtering (checking). You still have some planning to do. Your router may support any combination of no encryption, WEP or WPA. WPA has several options but for our discussion we will consider one exclusively for now WPA_PSK with TKIP which is nost often used in home networks. Before you can choose you must review all wireless adapters to connect to the network. Which of the above options do they support? Hopefully all of our equipment supports one at least one option WEP or WPA_PSK TKIP. If we have a choice and guests are not an issue one would probably prefer to choose WPA_PSK TKIP but WEP is alwaus better than nothing when you want to secure your network.
It is always wise especially if you are a beginner to write down the before and after values as you make changes so you can reverse them if needed. Also the record of the final answers is a good thing to have saved in a secure but accessible place should you forget the administrators password and have to reset the router.
With all that planning done we can begin to install our wireless security plan. If you wish to minimize the impact on others you may want to walk through the router configuration changes for the wireless security on paper and then in the router without making nay changes. You should then configure one wireless adapter as a test box. Then the interruption begins when you configure the router and test the connection. If it fails and begins to become too long for the poeple who share the network you reconfigure the router back and they are happy and you can either reconfigure the test machine back or continue to research changes until you are ready to test again. Only after the test machine and the route are working do you begin to reconfigure any other wireless adapters.
Now you know the magic words to look for in the various manuals as you are planning to secure your network. If you need assistance please respond with additional comments and we will develop steps to achieve the process you wish to complete.
Posted on Dec 18, 2007
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