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Posted: 10/6/2005 9:34:48 AM EDT
I have a wireless network in my home that is currently unsecured. How do I make it an unsecured network so people can't pirate my internet?

Thanks in advance
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 9:37:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By glock223:
I have a wireless network in my home that is currently unsecured. How do I make it a secured network so people can't pirate my internet?

Thanks in advance



enable wep, only allow certain mac addresses to access the wireless network, either of those two things will keep the average person from using your network.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 9:38:58 AM EDT
you must setup some type of WEP, etc encryption. Read the manual or install the cd that came with the router.


Link Posted: 10/6/2005 9:39:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By glock223:
I have a wireless network in my home that is currently unsecured. How do I make it an unsecured network so people can't pirate my internet?

Thanks in advance


You enable wireless encryption in your router settings. Normally you choose between 64 or 128 bit, bt therte is also a newer thing out (I forget what it's called). After you enable it in your router settings, you have to set up your PC wireless adaptor as well.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 10:15:09 AM EDT
OK, I enabled WEP and it asked for a "key". I take it that the "key" is a password?
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 10:16:15 AM EDT
Should be able to limit the number of connection also.

Shok
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 10:18:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By glock223:
OK, I enabled WEP and it asked for a "key". I take it that the "key" is a password?



The key is the encription string that you want to use. In 128 bit encription it works out to 26 hexadecimal digits. So just come up with a pattern of 26 characters using 0-9 and a-f then enter the same key into the laptops.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 10:37:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/6/2005 10:38:18 AM EDT by 556_Chowder]
the simplest way is to disable your SSID broadcast in your router. This is the easiest and keeps the honest man honest. Anyone who can sniff out your SSID can do the same with your WEP encryption. WEP can be a pain in the ass sometimes. You can take it a step further and filter your MAC addresses, limit your connections, and even enable WEP.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 11:22:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 556_Chowder:
the simplest way is to disable your SSID broadcast in your router. This is the easiest and keeps the honest man honest. Anyone who can sniff out your SSID can do the same with your WEP encryption. WEP can be a pain in the ass sometimes. You can take it a step further and filter your MAC addresses, limit your connections, and even enable WEP.



Ok, how do I disable my SSID broadcast in my routher?
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 11:23:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/6/2005 11:23:57 AM EDT by cruze5]
should be under advanced wireless settings , in the router web based page i mean
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 11:27:17 AM EDT
ping your router and get into the settings, I always use wep keys.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 11:30:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By zoe17:
ping your router and get into the settings, I always use wep keys.



not to hijack, but what does pinging have to do with it. other than to see if you have the key entered correctly
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 11:30:51 AM EDT
Your WEP key is usually printed on a sticker on the bottom of the modem from the cable company. If not... you will need to call tech support for your router and have them give you one.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 11:32:03 AM EDT


Link Posted: 10/6/2005 11:32:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Only_Hits_Count:
Your WEP keyMAC address is usually printed on a sticker on the bottom of the modem from the cable company. If not... you will need to call tech support for your router and have them give you one.

Link Posted: 10/6/2005 12:41:52 PM EDT
you can also turn on static IP addressing instead of DHCP, and assign your devices to a specific ip address.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 12:55:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/6/2005 12:55:33 PM EDT by r3ydium]
Static addressing
- Enable a MAC filtering control list
- Enable WPA (wep is alittle more unsecure) - or if your wirless router is new enough - you might have WPA2
- if your router is high enough grade - You might be able to udjust the power level of the output - If you drag it down to where it wont leak to much past the walls of your house
- Disable ESSID broadcasting
- Change your default router password to something with a number or two in to . . .

Thats about all - atleast on a end user end (theres a few more options for corporate grade) - but no need for that in a small home/office setup
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