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secure wireless internet

By FoyeRoy
Sep 7, 2006
  1. how do i secure my wireless internet? i want it password protected so others will not have access to it. right now it is open to anyone in my area.
    HELP!!!!
     
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,341   +280

    If it's 802.11b then you'll probably need to set up WEP encryption - this means entering a key for all your wireless clients. If it's 802.11g then WPA is a better route. As a secondary measure I'd also use MAC filtering. This way you limit the MAC addresses that can connect to your WAP to specific MAC addresses. I would also disable the broadcast of your SSID and manually input them for your clients.
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,450   +324

    all correct steps; I recommend ordering the changes:
    1. Mac filtering
    2. disable broadcasting
    3. add encryption
    Make one change at a time, save the results, restart the router, and test your connection.

    When you disable broadcasting, you will need to specify it manually and then
    select this as a preferred connection.
     
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