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Help Setting Up Wireless Router

by reeve125 / August 5, 2010 10:03 AM PDT

I just moved into a new apartment and set up a wireless router for the first time. I got it to work correctly, I was wondering though if there is any way I can check the security of it or if there are any easy steps to follow to make sure it is more secure?

Thanks for the help

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Read The Manual For Such Settings...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 5, 2010 10:15 AM PDT

Accessing the router's settings is usually outlined quite clearly in the manual.. If you don't have a printed one, then visit the router's website and download their online manual.

Here are just a few items that come to mind. Make sure you change the default login username (if possible) and password to the router itself.. There are a number of exploits that attack the default login passwords and allow hackers to access the router directly.. So, create a new login to the router. Also be sure to enable the firewall on the router.. And be sure to create a WPA2 password phrase for those that want to access the router through their wireless computers. Make the passwords complicated with a lot of characters which include numbers, words, Capital letters, and other characters from the keyboard.. Then write down the password and keep it hidden.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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We cover that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2010 10:17 AM PDT

In the Cnet Networking forum sticky.

In short:

1. Router defaults.
2. Change the SSID to simple 8 characters. (We explain why elsewhere.)
3. Change the wifi security to WPA and if your machines support it, WPA2.

That's all we need.
Bob

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