How do i set security for lynksys router/wrt54g
First you need to login to your router! To do that you will need your IP address. This will typically just be 192.168.1.1. Open a web browser (internet explorer, firefox, chrome, etc.) now type 192.168.1.1 into the address bar to bring up the login window for your router.
-----If the login window does not show up then that is the incorrect IP Address, so get on a computer that is plugged into the router by an ethernet cable and go to Start, click on Run and in the Run window type CMD and press enter to bring up the command prompt. In Vista or Windows 7, go to the Start Orb and type CMD into the Search bar, then right click on CMD in the pop up window and select Run As Administrator. Now that you're in command prompt, type IPCONFIG /ALL and press enter, now look for Default Gateway (that's the ip address of your router). Write that IP Address down and type it into a web browser.
Now that you're at the login window of your router, type in your login information. If you never changed your login information then the default information should be
Password = admin
(leave the username blank)
-------If you do not remember changing the login information, but a blank username and a password of admin does not work, then that means that SOMEONE put on a password, so you will have to reset your router by pressing on the reset button on the back of your router for 30sec, you will need a ballpoint pen or a paperclip to press on the button as it is very very small and recessed. Once reset, the login information should be no username and a password of admin.
Now that you're logged into your router, head over to the Administration tab and set up a new login password for the router so no one can login to it, except for you. You will have to type in a password that you make up, confirm it by typing it again, and then click on Save Settings at the bottom. Now a login window will pop up and you must type in your password that you just set.
Now click on the Wireless tab, in the Basic Wireless Setting subtab,set wireless network mode to Mixed. Create an SSID, this is the name of your wireless network basically. Leave Wireless Channel on 6. Now you can Enable or Disable Wireless SSID Broadcast. If you leave it Enabled, ANYONE within range of your network will be able to see it and if they want to try to break in they will have an easier time since they know the name of the network. However, if you Disable it, you will have to tell all of your wireless computer's the name of your network so that they can find it. That really isn't a big issue though since you're going to be typing in a WPA key on all of your wireless computers anyway. Now that you're done on this screen, click Save Settings at the bottom.
On the Wireless Security subtab, select WPA2 Personal for Wireless Mode. WPA Algorithms should be TKIP+AES. WPA Shared key is basically the password that all wireless computers will need in order to login to your wireless network, I stongly suggest you make it complicated with lower-case, upper-case, numerical, and special characters, i.e. iL!k3P1#, but don't use that as it is all over the internet now. Write down your shared key and store it somewhere safe. Leave Group Key Renewal at 3600sec. Now that you're done on this page Click Save Settings at the bottom.
Now you're done....Unless you want to go nuts and use MAC filtering. To do that, you will have to find the MAC address of every wireless piece of equipment, retrieve it's MAC address (that can be done in command prompt on computers, using the IPCONFIG /ALL command), type them into the MAC FIlter List and tell it to Permit Only PCs list to access the wireless network.
Anyway, now that you're all secure, your wireless equipment probably lost connection, so now you need to go to all your wireless computer/printers and set up new wireless connections using your new login informaiton.
Go to Start, click on Control Panel, in Control Panel click on Network Connections or Network and Sharing. Now click on Manage Wireless Networks, select Add, and then Manually create one by providing the information you created in your router. Remember SSID and Network Name are the same thing basically.
Hope this helps! If not, comment back and let us know!
Dec 20, 2010 |
Computers & Internet