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Mixed home network question - wired&wifi

I use small home wired network (ethernet gigabit) where one WinXP machine is used as Internet router and gives ip adresses to connected clients (other windows xp clients).

I wish to add wifi extender (DLink) to this network using utp cable. After I connected this wifi extender to gigabit switch using utp cable everything works fine, so I can browse network resources of this wired network by android tablet.

Problem arises when I wish to restrict network access to unauthorized wifi users. In fact, my wifi neighbours can browse folders on my wired network easily. Precisely, I wish to enable only authorized wifi user to browse my network.

How to solve this issue? I thought about filtering users based on ip address of my wifi extender.

Any help appreciated.

TIA, Zare

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Clarification Request
Wait? Why would the neighbor be on your WiFi?

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Just change the password and they are gone. Also, shares should be passworded anyway. You may run into folk that want no passwords anywhere and that's just too dangerous today.

As to filters, your network, you know what it can do. I don't see model numbers so I can't check into the capabilities such as Guest WiFi which blocks shares.

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Re: network

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In the usual wireless router you can set a WPA2 password that the client needs to connect. If the router software in your XP PC doesn't have such an option, buy a normal router or use other router software on your PC that has that option.

The usual extender supports such also.

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Restricting unauthorized users on your Wifi network

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To restrict network access from unauthorized wifi users on your computer, I would suggest do the following:
1. Change your password.
2. Encrypt the password that’s set up.
Once encrypted you will see to that the network has a padlock icon on

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best way to keep people from freeloading off your wifi

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• Enable WPA2 encryption on your wireless router or access point and set a strong password that is not easily guessed
• Change the SSID (wireless network name) to something other than the default value set by the manufacturer
• Turn off the “Broadcast SSID” feature of your router or access point so that only those who know what the network’s name is can access it.

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