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I am hooked up with the Internet via Buckeye Cable System. However, when I log on, I get a notice that I am connected with the Internet via ''MS Home'' and it says it is an unsecured connection. When I questioned Buckeye Cable about this ''connection,'' they told me it was my Microsoft Modem and that unsecured site hookup means someone (or a lot of people) have an unsecured connection to the Internet via my modem. How do I secure my connection through my supplier (Buckeye) and keep things secure without everyone else in the area hooking up via my modem? Thank you! Dan

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The router is a Microsoft, not the modem. I know of only one other person that owns a M$ router. A Netgear would have been my preference and a lot less trouble.

If you press the window key and R, you'll open up a RUN box that you type in CMD and press OK. It will open up another box (DOS) and you type IPCONFIG. The machine will respond with your IP address and gateway. If the gateway is something like 192.168.1.1 and your IP address is 192.168.1.x where x is anything but 1, it's a good start.

Open up Internet Explorer and type in the 192.168.1.1 or whatever into the address bar. It should open up the web browser for the Microsoft router. Now, did you get a set of instructions with a quick setup? Is this the MN-xxx box? You get to search the M$ website for the setup instructions if you don't have or never had them. Or, remember that $40 Netgear?

The username and password might be admin and admin or blank. That lets you set up wireless security. It should have some pretty self-explanatory help screens to give you either a WEP key or a WPA-PSK key. I'd start with WEP and a simple 10 character hex password like FACE123456. If the neighbors guess it, you can always go for better passwords or change the one you just set.

Hope this works, and think of me down the interstate from you (x187).

Carl

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