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Weird connection problem

By TimeParadoX
Jun 15, 2007
  1. Recently ( about a few weeks ) I have been getting new wireless connections from my computer, Before there was only 1 but now there is 2 ( sometimes even 3 or 4 )

    Does anyone know what could be causing this?

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    I have a linksys router I got from Best Buy awhile back
     
  2. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    There are probably neighbors of yours who have recently put in wireless routers, as well, and you are now seeing them. Note that they probably also can see your router and you should enable security for it.
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    you're lucky there's only two; in my neighborhood there's SIX wireless users.

    go to your router configuration page using your browser.
    find the wireless configuration page and CHANGE THE SSID from linksys to something you like.

    you should enable some form of encryption.
     
  4. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    LOL...I have my work laptop set up for wireless connectivity when I am working from home. When I am in the office, I use a wired connection, but leave the wireless option on. I sometimes have seen as many as ten other wireless networks around this office building (and possibly neighboring ones.) Amazing how many are out there, these days. My home neighborhood has four wireless networks within range of me.
     
  5. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    How do I go to the config page from my browser?
     
  6. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Assuming you haven't changed anything you should type in http://192.168.1.1

    Then browse for a wireless section and have a look around at some of the security features available.
     
  7. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    It says I need a username and password when I type http://192.168.1.1 into browser, my mom got my friend who works at geek squad to install it and set up the security for it so I don't know the PW and Username
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    Have mom complain that mr geek didn't document his work and left you without
    a usable configuration!

    That ought to get them back on site w/o extra charges :)
     
  9. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    The Geek guy may have left the login password as the defaults for Linksys, which is:

    Login: admin1

    Pwd: (leave entirely blank)

    Worth trying it, anyway.
     
  10. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    Actually, on my router, that info is on the bottom of the router. Not sure if it is the same here..also worth a look (of course assuming it hasn't been changed)
     
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    On my linksys the default was blank username and admin as the password, or the other way around....
     
  12. ELLEphant

    ELLEphant TS Rookie

    username is left blank password is admin by default.
     
  13. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Ok I went into the setup and there was no security for the wireless part :blush:

    Which security do I put it?

    WPA/WPA2 Personal
    WPA/WPA2 Enterprise
    WEP


    Also I did find out my neighbor has wireless, our houses are really close together so I probably picked up her living room connections :D
     
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

  15. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Ok well I put it to WPA and made a extremely long password, would that be good enough or should I do something else?
     
  16. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    that will be just fine :)

    btw: instead of difficult and 'logn' password, use a proper english sentence
    eg; When all else fails -- follow the instructions!
    they call it a passphrase
     
  17. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    jobeard, I love the idea of a passphrase! Can you use the punctuation and spaces between words as you did in your example?
     
  18. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    Absolutely! :)

    Make it something memorible to you/your family, just recall that the WiFi
    system that attempts to access your SSID, will need to enter that phrase
    into a text box that will NOT SHOW what is being typed, so you need to
    be careful and able to type it in verbatum with out seeingwhat has ALREADY been typed.
     
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