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Any idea what's wrong?

by amytmq / April 8, 2006 8:49 PM PDT

My system is using WinXP Pro and I am using broadband services.I am using wireless connection using a linksys router but I do not set up any password for it.I have configure it to automatically connect to my preferred network.Yesterday after connected to the internet for a few hours,suddenly I noticed that my network has changed.It was trying to connect to another network which was very weak in strength.Can I know what happpen? I am only using Windows firewall and what are the security risks that I am facing if I did not put any password to secure the network?

Can anyone help me,pls.Thank You

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Nothing wrong with your computer.
by Gakada / April 9, 2006 2:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Any idea what's wrong?

Its normal the Wireless Access point looking for a signal...

If you don't use any security in your wireless connection, Everyone (within range) can use it (using your internet connection)

AND, those users, all connected to your network, meaning, they can ACCESS your computer and doing whatever they want..

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Thanks,Gakada!
by amytmq / April 10, 2006 11:40 AM PDT

it's time for me to use security in my wireless connection.Thanks for your info

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router password and wireless password
by linkit / April 10, 2006 5:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Any idea what's wrong?

What router model?

Log into your router's administration page (http://192.168.1.1). Default password is "admin" (don't type parentheses) with no username.

Click on the Administration tab and give your router a good password. If you don't change the default password, anyone can connect to your wireless signal and change all sorts of settings for your router.

Click on the Wireless tab and give your router a unique SSID name (something other than the default name and nothing close to the names that your neighbors use for their wireless networks.

Put some wireless password on your wireless network (enable WEP or WPA). This is the password for accessing your wireless network and is different from the password you use to access the router's administration page. You can also enable MAC filtering for another layer of security.

All of this is described in the USER GUIDE for the router (download it from Linksys.com.).

After you add encryption, make sure your SSID broadcast is enabled for the first time you attempt to connect. You can also delete your old Preferred Network profiles on your computer, so that you will only connect to your wireless network automatically.

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Thanks for the useful info
by amytmq / April 10, 2006 11:43 AM PDT

I have set up my security settings.Thanks !

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