Does absense of encryption imply that others will be able to get into my computer through wireless router
I just got a wireless router. I am trying to decide if I want to use an encryption key for it, since it will slow down the connectivity. I don't particularly care if my neighbors take advantage of my wireless connection. They anyway have high speed internet of their own. But what I don't want is for others to be able to see files on my computer. Does leaving the wireless router unsecured open the door for them to see files on my computer even if I have a firewall?
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Re: does absense of encryption imply that others will be...
Not using encryption is an invitation for problems. As far as any slowdown, if your wireless lan is 54Mbps and your cable or dsl is only 6Mbs, some small bit of slowdown on the wireless side isnt going to make much difference.
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Try turning off all encryption in the wireless router, delete the SSID's wireless profile in your computer, then connect to the SSID with no encryption. Windows should warn you there is no encryption, and it may limit your connection speed to 54Mbps (802.11n requires WPA2/AES encryption).
But if it then connects OK like that, you know the problem is/was an encryption mismatch.
In that case, switch the wireless router back to WPA2-Personal or WPA2-PSK with AES encryption, delete the newly-created wireless profile for your wireless router's SSID in your computer again, and connect to your WiFi with encryption, being careful to enter the WPA2 passphrase (8 to 63 characters) correctly when prompted.
Encryption is probably enabled in the router's wireless settings. The computersthat cannot connect to the router most like has not had their wireless cards configured with the router's encryption settings.
Theencryption key secures your data from unauthorized access.
The router's password is a Passphrase or the WEP or WPA orWPA2 encryption key.
The Passphrase generates the WEP or WPA or WPA2 encryptionkey and this is in the router's wireless settings.
To connect to your wireless router, configure the router'swireless settings ie SSID, plus the WPAor WPA2 encryption key and then configure wireless cards in the laptops and orcomputers with these router's wireless settings. Then the laptops and desktopcomputers can communicate with your wireless router.
WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption key is in your router's wireless settings. Log into your
router and got to the wireless settings, you will need to get the SSID
and the encryption key. Then go to your computer/laptop's wireless card and
configure it with the router's SSID and encryption key, so it will then connect
to the wireless router and the Internet.
If you configure the wireless router with encryption and you configure your wireless card in your computer with the router's encryption settings, then other computers cannot access your router wirelessly unless they know the encryption setting. Please click on this link and follow my instructions to secure your wireless router :- http://www.fixya.com/support/r3559128-wireless_router_security
If you configure the Netgear wireless router with encryption and you configure your wireless card in your computer with the router's encryption settings, then other computers cannot access your router wirelessly unless they know the encryption setting. Please click on this link and follow my instructions to secure your wireless router :- http://www.fixya.com/support/r3559128-wireless_router_security
The encryption key is configured in the wireless router settings.
To connect to your wireless router, it needs the router’s wireless settings configured and also needs the wireless cards in all the laptops and or computers to be configured with the router’s wireless settings. Then the laptops and desktop computers can communicate with your wireless router. To set-up and secure the wireless router from unauthorized access, follow these steps: - 1. Connect the wireless router to your computer with a LAN cable. 2. Start your browser and enter the router's configuration URL IP address. 3. Enter the router setup, login and password 4. Change the admin password 5. Go to the wireless settings and change the default SSID and turn off SSID broadcast. 6. Setup encryption key the strongest is WPA2 (if not then WPA). 7. For further security measures - turn on MAC address filtering and enter the MAC address of the wireless cards on the computer/s you want to connect to this wireless router. 8. Record the settings you have made and keep it in a safe place and Save the settings. 9. Configure the wireless cards on the computer/s with the SSID and encryption settings of the router. 10. Remove the LAN cable between the router and the computer then the computers should be able to connect to the router wirelessly.
The WPA passphrase is a method of configuring the encryption code in the wireless router.
You can generate the encryption code using words and phrases so you can remember the encryption code.
You can view the encryption code in the wireless router or you can generate a new encryption code. If you generate a new encryption code then all the wireless cards in the computers on your wireless network will need to be changed so the computers can communicate/connect with the wireless router.
If your Desktop computer is hardwired to the router and your laptop computers can't connect wirelessly, it could be your wireless computers are not synchronized with your router by not having the same settings as the router.
You can use the desktop machine to access your router web interface (setup page) to check the wireless settings such as SSID (Network Name-> Name of your wireless signal shown on your laptop computers), channel and security (wether it is WEP or WPA encryption)
The channel and network name will be automatically detected by the wireless computers. If you have an encryption/security on the router, you need to type the password on the wireless computers for them to authenticate.
Connect a computer to any one of the four LAN ports of the Belkin wireless router.
Open your web browser and type the router IP address of the router (by default, the address is http://192.168.2.1.) in the address bar and press Enter.
Click Login on the top of the page to login to the router. By default the Password is left blank, click Submit.
Click Security under Wireless menu.
Under Security, you can select 64 bit WEP (or 128 bitWEP)or WPA/WPA2-personal (PSK). Note: make sure that your wireless computers will be able to support WPA encryption since not all wireless cards/adapters will be able to. if you're not sure, WEP is the encryption to use
Configuring WEP Encryption: 1. Select Key 1 and enter any 10 hexadecimal digits - any combination of 0-9, A-F (26 digits if you selected 128-bit as the encryption strength). You may also enter a pass phrase and have the router generate a key for you.
2. Apply the settings. Please write down the key – You will need it later to configure your wireless computers with the same key.
Configuring WPA-PSK Encryption:
Select WPA2-PSK as your Authentication
Select AES as the Encryption Technique.
Enter a word or group of characters in the Password (PSK) box. The Pre-Shared Key must be 8 to 63 characters in length. Note: The PSK (Pre-Shared Key) is case sensitive ("A" is different than "a")
Click Apply changes to save the settings.
once you have enabled your wireless security, you need to reconnect your wireless computer to the wireless signal using your wireless password/network key.
hope this'll help you and just ask me if you'll have other concern