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Old 20th February 2008   #1
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I need to put a password on my wireless so the neighbors stop stealing it


About a year ago one of my roommates bought a wireless router for my house. When he moved out he left it for us to keep using but didn't leave any cd's or manual for it. The next door neighbor informed me that the guy across the street mentioned to him that all of the sudden he got free wireless.

How can I set a password so the looser guy across the street has to pay for his own stuff????

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Always good to have your WIFI secured.
We will need Make and Model for the following ...
WIFI Router
WIFI cards installed on each computer.

Once posted, this will allow us to assist in the following ...
Download a user manual for your router.
What security options are offered between your WIFI router AND your WIFI cards/computer(s).

General information is always helpful.
What OS's are each computer running? Are you sharing WIFI signal only or are you sharing files between each computer (Lan network)?

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The wireless router is a Linksys model # WRT54G. One of the wireless cards is an SMC WPCI-G 11g Wireless PCI Adapter, and I think the other one is a Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN. I hope this helps.

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Both your wifi cards support WPA encryption, that's good.
You will need to access the router control panel via a Web browser.
Do this from a computer that is connected to the router via wire, don't use a wireless client to do this.

1. open browser

2. type http://192.168.1.1

3. enter username and password:
Username: blank, don't type anything here
Password: admin
Those are the defaults. If cannot access using admin as a password then you'll need to reset the router using the reset button on the back. A pen works well for this. You'll see the router led's blinky-blink while it resets. After reset, login using the defaults above.

4. There will be a section for wireless setup and wireless security. Enable the wifi and use WPA TKIP security. You can also give a unique name (ESSID) to your wireless network. The default name is Linksys. Name it something like "getyourown" or "nolongerfree" if you want to have some fun w/ the neighbor!

Have a look at detailed instructions in the user manual available here:
http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satel...=0034939789B05

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I am definitly going to mess with them, is 'password4ten$amonth' too long?

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