Help Securing Wireless Connection

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Laren
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Help Securing Wireless Connection

Post by Laren » Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:57 pm

Hi All,

I've just got a D-Link Wireless G Router to make my system wireless.

It's working but my network is coming up as unsecured. Obviously, I'd like to secure it. I've tried putting usernames and passwords in where ever I can find one but I can't seem to secure the network.

I'm running Vista Home Premium.

Any assistance would be gratefully received.

Cheers,
Laren

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Re: Help Securing Wireless Connection

Post by jokiin » Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:02 pm

Laren wrote:Hi All,

I've just got a D-Link Wireless G Router to make my system wireless.

It's working but my network is coming up as unsecured. Obviously, I'd like to secure it. I've tried putting usernames and passwords in where ever I can find one but I can't seem to secure the network.

I'm running Vista Home Premium.

Any assistance would be gratefully received.

Cheers,
Laren
have you logged into the router interface and enabled security and set the password there first?

Laren
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Re: Help Securing Wireless Connection

Post by Laren » Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:46 pm

Hi,

I've managed to find and change the router UN and PW.

I think I've found the right section for the wireless connection but I'm not sure what it's asking for.

In Wireless Security Mode it's talking about

WEP
WPA
WPA 2

It has WEP as the lowest form of security and it wants (5 ASCII or 10 HEX) - does this just mean a 5 character PW?

Cheers,
Laren

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Re: Help Securing Wireless Connection

Post by CoreyPlover » Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:20 pm

Page 44 of your user manual (http://www.dlink.com/products/support.a ... v=98&sec=0) details wireless security.

WEP is the lowest form, and yes, a 5 character password is used and then converted into a 10 character hexadecimal passcode

WPA 2 is probably the recommended setting for wireless security. not just because of the longer password, but because there are techniques that allow WEP to be broken even without guessing the password

Laren
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Re: Help Securing Wireless Connection

Post by Laren » Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:17 pm

Corey,

Thanks for the advice. I'm now getting a secure network notice and I've used the ipod to test it and it wanted a password! So it looks like I'm all set.

Thanks very much for you help.

Cheers,
Laren

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