How to Setup: Wireless Internet Security
Wireless Internet Security is fairly easy to setup. Most people think this is a job only for computer professionals but actually anyone can do it. If the next little bit, we will walk you through on how to setup your home wireless internet security settings to be extremely secure. Some of the more popular Wireless routers are: Linksys, Netgear, Belkin, and Cisco
Log into Wireless Modem
The first thing you will need to do is log into your wireless modem with the ‘Default Gateway” IP address. To find this IP address you will need to open up a command line.
On a windows 7 computer you will click on start and then start typing cmd. This will take you to a DOS command line. Then from here you will type ipconfig and hit enter. Scroll down until you find “default gateway”. This is the IP that you will need to type into an Internet Browser to access your wireless modem.
On a Mac you will need to go to your System Preferences folder, and then click on Network. On the left hand side you will need to select the card that says “connected”. Once you have clicked on the connected card; click on Advanced in the lower right hand corner. Select the TCP/IP tab at the top. From here you will see “Router” in the middle of the screen; this will be your ‘Default Gateway’ IP Address that you will type in your internet browser.
From here you will need to type the Default IP Address into your internet browser. This will take you to a login page to login to your Wireless router. Enter your routers username and password. This information should have come with your router’s documentation. If you cannot find this documentation, try using “admin” or a black field for the username and “admin”, “password” or leave the password field blank. If none of these passwords or usernames work, you will need to search for your router’s default username and password online.
Enable Wireless Internet Security
Once you have this username and password you will need to log in and set your wireless internet security settings. Navigate to the “Wireless” tab and select “Wireless Security”. You will need to select the security mode from the list, like WPA, WEP, and WPA2. We suggest if you have a newer router to select WPA or WPA2 if at all possible, since WEP is pretty easy to hack. Note: You will need to use the same form on all your devices on your network (you can’t have both WEP and WPA2 on the same network). WPA and WPA2 use keys that change dynamically, which is almost impossible to compromise. Make sure that when you set your password you make it very strong by combining letters and numbers of at least 14 characters or more.
Let’s say you have an older router that only supports WEP, you will be safest to use the 128-bit WEP keys (Also check the manufacturers website for a firmware upgrade that will add WPA support).
Before leaving the routers settings make sure you change the default network name and password. This will make it more difficult for anyone to hack into your router.
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