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Wireless network security.
A basic lesson for setting up your
For this example I will be using a Linksys router. Each model in each
brand will have slightly different setup instructions but this will
cover the basics. note: These instructions assume you
don't have or don't want to use the setup disk that came with your
Finding the router.
First you need to know the network address of the router. There are
common addresses but this will quickly tell you the actual location.
Click on start
In the search bar type: cmd
Hit the enter key
You will end up with a black box open with white writing. Don't worry
about what it says.
Hit the enter key
You should now see the windows IP Configuration window showing your
network address and the router. Here is an example:
In this example my computer is 192.168.1.102 and the router (the default
gateway) number is 192.168.1.1
Logging in and setting a passphrase.
Now you know what the router number is you can log into it to change
your settings. Keep in mind that some routers may not let you make
changes from a wireless connection. You will have to make changes from a
computer that is wired to the router.
Open Internet Explorer
In the address bar type your routers address. For this example it would
You should be given a login screen asking for your username and
password. (these were put in when you set up your router when you first
The default login can be one of several choices if you did not change
the username and password when you set up the router.
1 admin and "leave blank"
2 admin and admin
3 admin and password
Once you have logged in click on the wireless tab or link
Click on the link to the Wireless Security.
You will see the option to enable security.
You will be given several choices like WEP, WPA, WPA2 etc.
I normally use WPA personal (if there are older devices in the system)
or WPA2 personal for home use.
This will allow you to use a word, numbers, or a combination of them.
For this I used "example1" as my passphrase.
Click on "Save Settings".
The router will go through a restart and any wireless devices on your
system will need to now log into the router.
Once the router restarts your wireless devices will not work. Now your
system has a good basic wireless encryption. Now just log into your
router using your new password.
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