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unsecure wireless network issues

By bradthegreat
Mar 25, 2006
  1. So far I have not been able to find a really good solution to this problem. I have Comcast high speed Internet coming into the house. I got a free Netgear-Travel Wireless router with some purchase and hooked it up, however, there is no encryption of any kind enabled. There are 2 wireless laptops in the house, and both can get on without a problem (the are both Dell Latitudes). I have set up a network and have fie and printer sharing between them.
    my question is this...how do I set up some kind of secuity so that others cannot just access it freely? There was no instruciton manual of any kind (b/c it was free), and I am really unfamiliar with setting things like this up. Will I need to reset up my network? Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    From here - http://www.jiwire.com/wi-fi-securit...-networks-1.htm

    Top 10 Security Tips for Home Wi-Fi Networks

    1.Change your router's access name and password.

    2.Don't let users piggyback onto your Wi-Fi net -- turn off peer-to-peer connections.

    3.Stop broadcasting your router's network ID.

    4.Approve all wireless network users in advance.

    5.Turn on wireless data encryption.

    6.Periodically check router logs for rogue users.

    7.Use a strong firewall.

    8.Password-protect your computers and files.

    9.Put your wireless network on its own subnet.

    10.Turn off wireless cards and routers when not in use.
     
  3. bradthegreat

    bradthegreat TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 104

    I know that I need to do that, the question is how. How can I get into the settings of my router? do I need to be connected directly to it, or can I do that over the wireless?
     
  4. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    I don`t know if any of these manuals apply to your model - http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=e...reless+router+manual&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

    From here - http://www.utexas.edu/its/wireless/install/install_router.html

    "Often, you can access the interface by opening a Web browser and typing http://192.168.1.1 (the default setting for many routers designed for home use). However, your device may use a different method, such as a desktop software program.
    Many routers ship by default with a blank user name and standard password (for example, "admin"). Be sure to change this information the first time you log in."



    Also from here - http://mousepad.mouseplanet.com/showthread.php?t=52305

    "One thing to be aware of with this Netgear Travel Wi-Fi router that's easy to overlook in the instructions is that you can only access the Netgear's Web Browser configuration interface while the router's switch is set to 2 (Multi-User) or 3 (Configuration). With the switch set to Position 1 (Single User) you can't access it.

    Dummy me didn't understand why he couldn't get the interface page to come up. Then after reading the instructions I realized I had the switch in Position 1. Just something to be aware of."

    In brief BUY ANOTHER ROUTER more suited to a home network.
     
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