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Old 11-08-2004, 05:01 PM
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Default Wireless router blinks constantly

I know this is a boating forum but I found that there are some real computer geniuses here so:

I have a wireless internet connection, microwave. The computer is hard wired-to a radio/router. A couple of weeks ago I bought a laptop and wanted to go to a wireless network. I bought a Linksys access point (G) and a Linksys range extender. The access point plugged right into my router and I have the range extender in the kitchen. I noticed last night that my desktop (still hard-wired) was slow and the lights on the access point were blinking constantly. It looked like both radios were carying a lot of traffic. BTW, the laptop isn't on.

It would make sense that someone had found my signal with their computer and was working thru my connection except for one thing. I don't have neighbors within 1000 feet (and the ones I do have probably don't even own a computer) and their are no suspicious cars parked anywhere near here so I don't think anyone is going thru my network.

Anybody have any suggestions?
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Old 11-08-2004, 05:06 PM
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It's official....I'm an idiot. I was thinking wood working when I read the topic.
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Old 11-08-2004, 05:56 PM
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Shag, turn on/set up WEP encryption and that will eliminate any undesirables from using your network. You would be amazed at how many people literally leave their PC's and networks open to the world to just walk right in.

You say you have a Linksys - I have the same so go into the Router access page via Internet Exp. and go the "Wireless" tab and then the "Wireless Security" subtab. Set the security to WEP, default key to "1" - then set the encryption to 64 bits. I would say to begin with setting your WEP encryption to just 64 BIT on the router as 128 can be a little finnicky. Then type in your password/passphrase and hit GENERATE.



Now go to the wireless computer (laptop) and access the wireless setup utility you should have installed with the card and go through the setup screen. You can just modify what you already have set up and just add the passphrase that you put on the router - they have to match.. Save and load the new config and you should be good to go.

I would also suggest that you change the basic login password for the router if you haven't already and ensure that the firewall is enabled. I figure you are probably using the DHCP option on the router and if so, I would also recommend that you reduce the "number of DHCP users" to just 2. Get my drift? You're closing all the doors!

Oh yeah, one more thing, turn the "WIRELESS SSID Boradcast" to OFF.. That way your router doesn't just sit there and advertise that it is available, but you can still access it with the right wireless name.. It's like it sits and waits quietly before esatblishing communication instead of screaming "HERE I AM!"
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Thats what I thought.

Seriously, thanks! I need to decipher what you said but it makes a lot of sense. It does seem that the radios are constantly broadcasting. Thanks again.
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Shag, If you get into a bind and want some help with it, you can shoot me an e-mail and I'll shoot you my number.
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Already did run into a problem. It can't find the web-based utilities. I think its got to do with my "wireless" internet connection router and IP addresses. I have a local ISP that are real helpful. Will check with them in the a.m. but still may take you up on your offer. Thanks again!
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Shag,

Linksys generally supplies an IP address for their utilities. Check the unit's documentation.
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The IP is 192.168.1.1 that is a generic ip that is used for most equipment..

To access via IE, just put (or click) on the following : http://192.168.1.1

Also, access the router via the hardwired pc, not the wireless..
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I tried that several times. It gives me the "page cannot be displayed" error. I think it has something to do with my microwave radio/router. I'll keep ya posted. Thanks for all the help.
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Shag,

You checked this from the desktop, right? Another suggestion, disconnect the cable from your router to your modem when you try this.
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I tried the desktop and laptop. The funny thing is that my wireless network is running fine. I just can't get to the access point to change anything. I tried to use the CD and it wouldn't accept the "admin" password which I know I didn't change. I even reset the access point as directed on the Linksys page which is supposed to set it back to "admin" anyway. I guess I'll just do it the old fashioned way. Unplug it when I'm not using it.
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There's usually a recessed, spring-loaded reset button on Linksys wireless routers (you need something like a ball-point pen to reset it). Perhaps there's a similar reset button on your WAP.

If there is, reset it. It should clear any passwords or settings.
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Someone could have logged into it and reset the password.. Ya just never know!
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Nobody would have logged in. Only wife and daughter have access and they don't know or care. The 30 second reset is supposed to set the password back to admin anyway. Oh well. Thanks Reel and Fubar for the help. I still think I have some kind of conflict with the radio/router, whatever it is. If I figure it out I'll sure let you know. Thanks again!
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I GOT IT! At least the first part. Uninstalled and re-installed and the damned IP was 192.168.1.245, not the 192.168.1.1 that the manual says. I looked on Linksys help page afterward and they show the 192.168.1.245 for the access point and 240 for the range extender. Its also took the "admin" password. I set up an SSID and the lights seemed to really slow down, only reacting when I ran up the laptop and connected. Now I need to figure out the security on the AP, the range extender, and two laptops. Apparently I can't use the auto-config on the extender if I am using WEP. I am sure I'll screw something up but at least I got this far.

I am learning more about computing than I ever wanted to know.

Reel and Fubar, thanks again!
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Glad to hear it!

Once you set that WEP encryption, you are pretty much good to go. You will be about 90-95% more secure than the rest of the people using wireless at home that don't have a clue. Right now, if I was to use a broadcoast receive option, I'd be willing to bet that I could hack into at least 3 or 4 wireless home networks just within range of my house..
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ReelWork - 11/9/2004 4:00 PM

Glad to hear it!

Once you set that WEP encryption, you are pretty much good to go. You will be about 90-95% more secure than the rest of the people using wireless at home that don't have a clue. Right now, if I was to use a broadcoast receive option, I'd be willing to bet that I could hack into at least 3 or 4 wireless home networks just within range of my house..

yep, there are algorithms out there that will allow you to break just about any WEP encryption. but like you said, if you don't broadcast then the average hacker would never even know to try.
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