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Just got a wireless router... How should I set it up?

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I've never had one of these, how should I set it up (password encryption, firewall settings, etc)?

Also, should I change the password that came with it? It has one of those random passwords by default.

Please tell me anything you remember, I've never had one of these before so I don't know anything about routers...
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WPA2
At least a 16 character passphrase including uppercase,lowercase and symbols.

Things like hidden SSID and a MAC filter aren't effective in keeping someone from trying to get in but will prevent casual users from even knowing your network exists.

Other than that it should be fine out of the box.
Which one did you get?
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If you want to experiment, and if you have a qualifying router, experiment with dd-wrt:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index
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WPA2
At least a 16 character passphrase including uppercase,lowercase and symbols.

Things like hidden SSID and a MAC filter aren't effective in keeping someone from trying to get in but will prevent casual users from even knowing your network exists.

Other than that it should be fine out of the box.
Which one did you get?
Thanks.

Now I'll have to think of a password that is that long... But I'll figure something out.

I got a Hitron BVW3653 V2, I think... It was given to me by my ISP for free.

I got a few more questions if you don't mind... Should I turn off my software firewall, now that I got the router's? And what should I set the password to, ASCII or hexadecimal?
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post #5 of 6
I'd probably leave both on.
Your router does things like stateful packet inspection at the network level, while your firewall on the client side controls data at the application level.

I'd stick with an ASCII password as well since it would be easier to remember.
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Ok, I'll leave the Windows firewall on then.

Thanks once again.
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