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Hey everyone,

I live downtown in a city, and when I search for wireless networks to connect to my own, I get about 5 results that are all my neighbors. I notice on a few on them they have a little golden pad lock on them that tells me that they are secured and others cannot access them. However my network does not have this, so my neighbors can connect to my internet for no cost. Can you guys tell me how to secure my wireless network?
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If its a linksys router, bring up IE and type in 192.168.1.1
Username and password is admin. Go to security tab and select WEP. Enter a key that you want, 10 digits is good enough which is 64 bit. Then click save on the bottom. Then when you try to reconnect to your wireless it will ask for your key. Thats it.

For netgear, its the same way but different html page. But you will also find it on on wireless settings. I believe the password is password or admin im not sure. You can look underneath the netgear router and it tells you.


Also go to administration tab and change your password for your logon to the router, that way no one can log in to it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by grkgus
If its a linksys router, bring up IE and type in 192.168.1.1
Username and password is admin. Go to security tab and select WEP. Enter a key that you want, 10 digits is good enough which is 64 bit. Then click save on the bottom. Then when you try to reconnect to your wireless it will ask for your key. Thats it.

For netgear, its the same way but different html page. But you will also find it on on wireless settings. I believe the password is password or admin im not sure. You can look underneath the netgear router and it tells you.


Also go to administration tab and change your password for your logon to the router, that way no one can log in to it.
Thanks for such awsome help, but my router is a 2.4ghz D-Link. It is a DI-614+, the all silver one. I am guessing that the to change the settings is different for this brand, so do you know?
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I believe the logon is the same. Should be admin and admin. If not try admin and password. But you will see the same type of setup. You will see the wireless configuration or security and its basically the same. It should be 192.168.1.1 if not try 192.168.0.1 to logon to it.
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I use a belkin router, this might work... hopefully

http://192.168.2.1/

password might be admin, password or just nothing, just leave it blank and hit login.

Just because you use 10 characters doesnt mean its 64-bit WEP :/

64-bit WEP is pointless, 128-bit is ok, but easily breakable by someone that knows what they are doing.

If you can use WPA-PSK. Its the most secure. Normal WPA requires a server, WPA-PSK does not.

Look in the manual that came with you router. it should tell you the address to put into your browser to bring up your settings. It is also a good idea to set up MAC-address filtering, as this only lets certain devices connectto your network. (set it so only your wireless doodads can connect, they should have a sticker with the MAC-address on the wireless device)

As always, the manual that came with it is the best option, as it will give details specific to your router.

EDIT: Seting your router so that it doesnt broadcast its SSID is also handy. It means your network will be invisible to other users. although how you make it visible to yourself i am unsure, as i do not use this feature. but just so you know its there.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by noxious89123
I use a belkin router, this might work... hopefully

http://192.168.2.1/

password might be admin, password or just nothing, just leave it blank and hit login.

Just because you use 10 characters doesnt mean its 64-bit WEP :/

64-bit WEP is pointless, 128-bit is ok, but easily breakable by someone that knows what they are doing.

If you can use WPA-PSK. Its the most secure. Normal WPA requires a server, WPA-PSK does not.

Look in the manual that came with you router. it should tell you the address to put into your browser to bring up your settings. It is also a good idea to set up MAC-address filtering, as this only lets certain devices connectto your network. (set it so only your wireless doodads can connect, they should have a sticker with the MAC-address on the wireless device)

As always, the manual that came with it is the best option, as it will give details specific to your router.

EDIT: Seting your router so that it doesnt broadcast its SSID is also handy. It means your network will be invisible to other users. although how you make it visible to yourself i am unsure, as i do not use this feature. but just so you know its there.
You would just create a wireless connection with the SSID you created. You are the only one that knows it so you just tell the computer where to connect.
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For a little added protection I also use a MAC filter. This prevents unknown MAC addresses from connecting without first being added to the list. Makes it a little more difficult to get new users hooked up, but adds another level of protection.
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hi there i did some diggin about for you your router is not getting made any more and no loger gets support by d-link but the upgrade vesion can be found here http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=316 it should be very sim to what you have and help you. here is the router upgrade list if its any help 2 http://www.dlink.com/products/replacement-chart.asp#20
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post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by BFRD
For a little added protection I also use a MAC filter. This prevents unknown MAC addresses from connecting without first being added to the list. Makes it a little more difficult to get new users hooked up, but adds another level of protection.
This is a very good option here.

Some other security options to think about:

Mac filtering
WEP/WPA key
Dont broadcast your SSID!
Change the admin name...As you can see, many people here know the defaults...change them!

Those 4 should get you on your way to securing your wireless network.
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Originally Posted by grkgus
I believe the logon is the same. Should be admin and admin. If not try admin and password. But you will see the same type of setup. You will see the wireless configuration or security and its basically the same. It should be 192.168.1.1 if not try 192.168.0.1 to logon to it.
Ok thank you all for the quick help.
I used: 192.168.0.1
username: admin
password: left blank

And now I am at this screen:
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