Wireless Security ?'s

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  1. Robb

    Robb Guest

    Let me preface by sating im a newbie at setting up wireless security. I just got a laptop and a router. Could someone tell me how I should go about securing it? I read aboaut WEP and WPA and all this and i dont know what to do. Should i go into my router setting and enable 128 WEP? How does one go about doing that? is it a easy as selecting a password or key sequence? Could seomeone just give me a brief overview of what to do so that my network is secure.

    I also have 2 computers that are connected to my router, which is a belkin wireless 4 port router, if any of that matters.

    Thanks
     
  2. mdaniel

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    Point your web browser to the IP address of your router. Its usually 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. Consult your router's instructions for specifics like the password. Do this from a WIRED, not wireless computer.

    Unless you have a wireless device on your network that doesn't support WPA, use WPA. Specificially, WPA-PSK (PSK = pre shared key). Use a random passkey like [email protected] Enter that into your router in the wireless security options. Then when you connect your wireless computer to your network, it will ask you for the key. Enter the same key and you're set.
     
  3. 01000101

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    in your browser address bar, go to 192.168.1.1

    if you dont know the password, look in the manual, look at online documentation, or check out a default password list such as http://www.phenoelit.de/dpl/dpl.html

    find the wpa settings on your router interface

    use wpa. wep is worthless. go to https://www.grc.com/password and get a complex password, use that as your key.

    reboot/save settings on your router. on your wireless client, it varries how, but youll have to put in the same psk. if youre using something other than xp sp2, youll prolly have to get a hotfix from microsoft, google it

    if you want more information, listen to the security now! podcasts at https://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm specifically episodes 10, 11, and 13
     
  4. Robb

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    In my router settings i dont have the option under wpa to choose a key, just a password. On the 128 wep tho, there is places to enter an entire key, but the wpa just wants a password that is shared w/ the wireless computer. is that right?
     
  5. 01000101

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    sounds right. feel free to experiment. if you fuck something up royally, you can always factory reset the router. it is highly! unlikely that you will brick it by messing with factory features
     

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