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Wireless Internet security at home

By sperera
Oct 5, 2011
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  1. Hi,

    I have one laptop and a wireless modem at home supplied by my ISP.

    I run a secure connection where I need to enter the WEP key on set up. I believe this is reuqired for any new connections.

    My main problem is my daughter. I have asked her not to copy the WEP and connect using her phone, because she is young and I want to monitor her internet usage and also because our plan only gives us 2gb a month which we all know isnt much.

    Needless to say everytime I check her phone she's online using the WEP on tha back of the modem.

    How do I change the pw from the WEP to something I choose and therefore something she cant simply read off a bit of sticker?

    (I am not too tech savvy to so please go slow)

    Thanks in advance
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,358   +302

    make & model of the modem?

    First WEP is a B A D security choice and you should use WPA or WPA2.
    Usually, we configure this by accessing the router(modem) config page using the browser and the router's address as the url.

    get a command prompt and enter ipconfig /all.
    the gateway address will be the router/modem address.
  3. sol1109

    sol1109 TechSpot Member Posts: 91

    You could also set your router to use MAC filtering and setup a rule to lock her MAC address out. I have used this with my kids and actually have the router email me a report on the web activity their PC has every 24 hours. I have caught more than one porn URL and used the router block list to block the domain.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,358   +302

    Unfortunately, every router I've seen has two lists { ALLOW, EXCLUDE} but
    only one OR the other can be active at a time.


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