Help me secure my wireless connection

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  1. Kirk Hinrich

    Kirk Hinrich New Member

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    Hey guys, I just picked up a linksys wrt54g router, plugged it in and it works great. Howver, I don't know how to secure the connection on my powerbook. Can anyone help out? thanks.
     
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    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    disable ssid broadcast
    128bit wep key
    change channel
    change host name to something really weird so no one can guess it
    use mac address filtering
     
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    ok but how do I go about actually doing these things, like what menus and stuff.
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Connect to the router via WIRED Ethernet. That way if you mess up and break your wireless connection, you'll be able to fix it. Point your browser to the IP address of the router, probably 192.168.0.1. Log on using the password in the quick start guide, probably admin/password. From there just browse around until you find the settings you want to change.
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    linksys routers go to 192.168.1.1, no login name, password "admin" (IIRC)

    do the steps me and pineapple devil outlined, and also change the admin password after that.
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    edit: I owe you an apology, you did read the thread :embd:

    the extra info I provided should be enough to get you where you need to go, just post in here if you continue not to have luck :bigthumb:
     
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    The channel doesn't do shit for securing the network; it only helps get a clearer signal if there is interference from another device broadcasting on the 2.4Ghz spectrum.

    Also, don't use WEP anymore because it is dated and not very secure as the alternative. Use WPA Pre-Shared Key instead. Much more secure and much easier to set up since you can enter the key in clear English on the WAP and the devices that will connect to it, instead of having to do it in hexadecimal.
     
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    Sweet looks like I got everything set up here, thanks guys :wavey:
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    speaking of 2.4 GHz interference...

    After I set up an Airport Express in my living room, my wife started complaining that she couldn't hear me very well when I was talking on the cordless phone, regardless of which phone she was calling from. Sure enough, it was a 2.4 GHz phone. I just bought some cheapo VTec 900 Mhz for $17 at Target the other night. Problem solved and works every bit as good as the other much more expensive phone ever did.
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    :werd: 2.4 GHz is the garbage band. Someone thought it would be a good idea to give the same spectrum to every device you would find in a home.

    Things that operate on 2.4GHz:

    Bluetooth
    802.11
    Cordless Phones
    Microwaves -- one of the resonant frequencies of WATER is ~2.4GHz

    try using all of those at the same time in the same room :noes:
     
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    I have a problem with my linksys that when I enable security (WPA Shared, TKIP) I can't get an IP on my dowstairs machine (it gets low-medium signal). However, when I disable security, it connects fine. Any advice? This is for PCs though, not MACs.
     

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