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Old 12-19-2008, 07:14 PM
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My laptop hd crashed and I had to have a new one installed today.

I have reset my linksys wireless router so that I can access internet but not too sure how I go about setting it up the WEP code key to lock the system, or is it really needed.

Sister in law said not a real big deal since all it does it keep neighbors and others from using my wireless access for free but the information on the computer is still sent through secure sites.


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Old 12-19-2008, 08:08 PM
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Press and hold the reset button on the back of the router for 30 seconds. This should reset the router back to the original settings.

You can now access the router directly from your browser at http://192.168.1.1/

User: admin or (none) depending on the model
Password: admin

Walk thru the menus to set up the security settings.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:47 AM
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gf has it (though not sure why you have to reset your router). You will find the setting under "Wireless", then "Wireless Security" on the sub menu. You type in a clear password and it will give you the key equivilent. You need to know that to enter it into your laptop wireless access point set up and to set up anyone else on the system.

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How necessary is this
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:03 AM
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Quite frankly, not very. Some people have an issue with neighbors using their internet connection - I never have. If you are comfortable working on the free wireless at Stabucks then it is no different at home.

If you are working from home and transmit sensitive information it can be an issue but that is really a long shot.

I do protect mine but that is because I have 5 computers on my home wireless network and every so often I ground one of the kids so change the passcode and update all but that computer.
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I bet I can access your file once connected to your router. Secure your router. Use the router setup and choose your level of security. The process is easy.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:36 AM
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kingair - 12/20/2008 11:54 AM

I bet I can access your file once connected to your router. Secure your router. Use the router setup and choose your level of security. The process is easy.
Kingair is right. An unsecured wireless connection is risky.

While you are at it use WPA or WPA2 encryption instead of WEP. They are a little easier to configure an more secure.
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Seacat FL - 12/21/2008 1:36 AM

kingair - 12/20/2008 11:54 AM

I bet I can access your file once connected to your router. Secure your router. Use the router setup and choose your level of security. The process is easy.
Kingair is right. An unsecured wireless connection is risky.

While you are at it use WPA or WPA2 encryption instead of WEP. They are a little easier to configure an more secure.
Ditto these two guys. Your wifi is an access point into your little world of computer. Secure it!

First thing you do is change your router's login; pick a unique log in name and password. This is actually the point where most router's are hacked. Almost no one changes their login name from 'admin' and hackers know that, so it is just a matter of 'picking' the password for them.

Then you set the WPA or WPA2 encryption, mode: TKIP. You need to be sure you are compatible with your computer's wifi card. It is very possible either your router or your computer has potentiality security at a higher level then the other; e.g. your computer supports 30-character WPA, your router supports 64-character WPA2.

You only enter the 'key' when you setup your router security and when you config a wifi profile on your computer(s) to access that specific router. So pick a "strong" key with the maximum characters and character type (upper/lower case, special characters, etc) that is compatible with your router and computer(s). Google "strong password" for one of many websites that will generate your key. Clip and paste when doing your security setup, and then email it to yourself and archive the email so that you can clip and paste in the future and/or fwd:email to a new computer in the future. You ain't gonna want to type 64 random characters that look like this: huF8Myuf7865()klo$,]yfFIvv675hj) (that's just 32 characters).

I like this one because it give me words for each charater that I also archive in an email.

http://www.pctools.com/guides/password/

Next, you want to give a name to your router's wifi access and remove broadcasting of your router's name. Again, random characters for a name is the best defense. Anyone that looks for available wifi in your area will see a wifi in use and locked, but no name associated with it. It is impossible to access wifi without knowing the name. This is your first line of defense, so turn OFF router name broadcasting AFTER you verify your computer(s) connectivity.

Lastly, reduce the power of your wifi such that you have a good connection speed in your home, and no more. This seriously limits the range your wifi is available beyond your little world. If the signal is not available, ain't no one finding it, ain't no one getting on it.

You do all of this only one time, and then everything is magic after that.


Note to the Appleholics in the house: I have set up wifi accounts for both Windows based and Apple computers. By far, it is easier to do on a Windows based system than it is on an Apple. Ok, it is the only thing Windows got right and Apple fugged up, so I'm rubbing your face in it while I can.
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I like this one because it give me words for each charater that I also archive in an email.

http://www.pctools.com/guides/password/

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great site for passwords. I have to change mine quite a bit and this will help
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