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Unsecured network

By Concorde
Nov 1, 2009
  1. I moved my desktop computer away from its cable modem,bought a router and the setup was successful and I now have internet access in my new computer position, but. I did enter WEP security numbers during set up but when I look at available wireless connections I can see my own computer and it tells me its an unsecured connection ? am I protected ? any help on this subject would be most helpful, thank you.
     
  2. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    You can go into the router's setup page (usually 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1) and enable wireless encryption. Of the two most common standards, WEP and WPA, WPA is more secure. WEP can be cracked by anyone with a brainstem in a matter of minutes, but WPA (especially with a very strong password) is still difficult to crack. You can set up WPA with a password on the router, then you will have to enter the password (formally known as a Pre-Shared Key or PSK) on any computer or device which wants to connect to the network.

    Another security measure you can take is to turn off SSID broadcasting for the wireless network from the router. SSID broadcasting is what causes your network to appear in lists of available networks created by devices or computers seeking to connect to a wireless network. Turning it off stops the router broadcasting that your network is available, so nobody will be able to connect to the network unless they know the SSID (the name of your network). If you disable SSID broadcasting, you will need to enter the network name as well as the Pre-Shared Key on any device wishing to connect to the network.
     
  3. Concorde

    Concorde TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Thanks for your time and help MetalX, Problem fixed. This was my first post on an 'openboard' and it really is a great way to share Knowledge.Thanks again.
     
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