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Hi,
For my opinion I suggest using MAC address filter, every network adapter haves a unique MAC address which you can use to only permit those computers with the MAC addresses you want.
Do this method with every wireless computer you want to access your router.

  1. Go to Star -> Run, type cmd and click OK
  2. Type ipconfig/all, here you will see a list of your network adapters, look for your wireless adapter and take note on the physical address number (something like 00-4F-....)
  3. Now go to your wired computer (the one that is wired directly to your router) run Internet Explorer and type 192.168.1.1 and enter. The router may ask you user name and password, if that's the case try the default password for your router (linksys wrt54g is username: admin, password: admin)
  4. Afer this you go to access restrictions and click Edit list of PC's.
  5. A window will pop up, you will see input boxes with labels like MAC 01, MAC 02, etc...
  6. Type the physical address you have got from the wireless computer in any input box labeled MAC 01, MAC02, etc...
  7. Click save settings and go back to Access Restrictions, make sure you have checked Allow.
  8. Now click on Enable and then save settings.
If you have more than one wireless computer hooked up with your router then do this process with each wireless computer you have (it is not necessary to do this with your wired computer).
Hope this works!

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