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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-07-2007, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wireless Router Security?

I use a Netgear wireless router and I have no idea how to make it a secure connection so I don't have others dragging on my signal and possibly causing other issues. I just got a new Dell laptop and hope someone can help me out here. I'm a dunce when it comes to computer stuff. HELP!!!
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Re: Wireless Router Security?

go into the netgear admin panel (probably 192.168.0.1) and turn on WPA security. then follow the directions... you need to input a strong password/key (8-63 characters the more the merrier).

write it down as you'll be disconected from the wireless router now (unless you connect via wire to setup which is always a smart idea).

then when you go to connect with the dell laptop (vista or xp?) you should see the SSID/wifi and a security icon. try to connect then enter the passphrase and windows will save it. set to "auto connect" so it's all automated.

i'd do some other things later like disable SSID broadcast so read around for more help and tips... glen
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Re: Wireless Router Security?

Thanks Glen. The netgear adm panel is found where? I know that is some kind of IP address you posted but I am completely stupid on these matters. I don't an option to be direct wired so I'm kinda scared and very nervous to diconnect unless I know I can easily set this up properly. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Wireless Router Security?

Does that router do mac address filtering? If so that is an excellent added protection.
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type in the IP of the router in your browser and press enter. that gives you a webpage "contol panel".

look under the router for the IP/login (proble login is "admin" and "password")

you can see alot of info on the specific router here:
http://portforward.com/english/route...outerindex.htm
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Re: Wireless Router Security?

Try this:

http://www.lycoming.edu/acad/Netgear...er%20Setup.htm

It'll walk you through the steps.

BTW Glen, the netgear address is 192.168.1.1; Linksys is 192.168.0.1.

I agree about the MAC Filtering...

click on start
run
type "cmd", click ok or hit enter
when the dos prompt shows up, type "ipconfig /all" (without the quotes), hit enter, and you should see something like this:



You can also go to the link below and it'll walk you through on how to obtain your MAC address:

www.ncsu.edu/resnet/windows/ipconfig/

your "physical address" is your MAC address. write that down and enter it where the netgear router asks so only your laptop will be able to connect to the router (if you have additional computers, you have to find out those numbers as well and enter them in the router's configuration page.

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Re: Wireless Router Security?

I'm trying to follow your instructions guys but not having any luck yet. I put the IP address that jb listed and i get this yahoo search page with a ton of IPs like this:

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=192.168.1.1/

What am I doing wrong or am I missing?
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ctrl-O in internet explorer (ctrl-L in firefox).

type in this number and press enter

http://192.168.1.1

don't search yahoo.com for the IP ...glen
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i get :internet explorer cannot display page

i had a feeling this wouldn't be as easy as it probably should be

i do REALLY appreciate your help on this Glen. Thanks!



* I just tried to "diagnose the problem automatically" and this is what message i got:

http://192.168.1.1 is not set up to establish a connection port "world wide web service (http)" with this computer


what am i doing wrong?

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widows...start >> run

type

cmd

type

ipconfig

what is the addy of your "ip gateway"

but really one of these two links should take you to the admin panel

http://192.168.1.1
http://192.168.0.1

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Thanks Glen. The bottom IP address is right and brings up a username and password box. I have no idea what username they want or a password. I called my GF to see if she remembered anything and she doesn't. I tried to enter a new username/password and it re-prompted me so I guess it wants something that has been entered in the past. I'm stuck
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Re: Wireless Router Security?

Unless you have changed it, you should have the "stock" password. Do you have the manual from the router? It should be listed in there.
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What's the model number??? You know, asking the gf for help is not a good thing man, lol.

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Also, most wireless configuration settings won't require you to enter the user name unless you have changed it.

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i couldn't find the manual for the router but did find the Router ISP Guide. It is no help. For Cox.net it lists "NO" and "blank" and "Get automatically" across the page. It doesn't sound like this was the info I actually need anyway.
grrrrr

I seriously appreciate you guys helping me out.
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