Wireless Router Security
Many of the laptop computers I've serviced, have
no wireless router security on them. What does this
Anyone with a wireless
device can use your internet, and share your files very easily.
make the computer as secure as possible, I recommend using two
different types of protection. In this guide, I'll show you how
to set up MAC filtering combined with WPA2 security. Currently,
this will give you a really bullet proof wireless connection that is
easy to set up, as well as being really secure.
Wireless router security set up is fast and easy, let's set it
up to make sure your valuable files are safe, and you're not sharing
your internet with unwanted users.
TIP! If you run into trouble, typically,
holding the reset button on the back of the router for 30 seconds will
reset everything back to factory default. Check your
router specific reset procedures.
- First - Set up MAC filtering, this will
deny users access to your network unless their device address is
approved. Since we are only going to approve your devices,
else will be denied. Keep in mind, MAC filtering is great,
but it is
- Step 1 - Log into your router, usually
192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 is entered into your internet explorers
address bar. Use the documentation that came with your router
- Step 2 - Enter the user name and
password for you router, if it is still default make sure you change it
before you proceed to step 3.
- Step 3 - Find a tab that is called
Wireless, click on it.
- Step 4 - Enable MAC filtering, then
select an option that allows only selected MAC addresses to connect to
- Step 5 - Each of your wireless devices
will have a MAC address. You can find it on the wireless
device. Example, a laptop with built in wireless usually has
the MAC address
printed on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop. Video game
or other electronic devices may have a sticker on it, or a setup screen
that will give you the MAC address. Write each of these down.
- Step 6 - On your router setup, add all
the MAC addresses we recently discovered.
- Step 7 - Save the changes and exit.
- Second - Set up WPA2 security.
need Windows XP SP2 or greater to do this. If you have
Windows XP and
are not sure if you have SP2, click here
to go update your Windows first.
- Step 1 - Log into your router once
again using the user name and password you entered earlier.
- Step 2 - Click on the wireless tab.
- Step 3 - Select wireless security.
- Step 4 - Change the settings to WPA2,
enter a WPA shared key. Just type a random sentence, or copy
one off of a website. You will then need this phrase to
other computers to this network.
- Step 5 - Save settings.
- Step 6 - When you connect from your
laptop or other wireless device, you will need to enter WPA2 as
security, then change the pass phrase to the sentence you typed in
That's it, your wireless router security is set up and ready
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