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Author Topic: Help with newbie to Wireless networking............  (Read 2861 times)

cosrush

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Help with newbie to Wireless networking............
« on: February 06, 2008, 09:06:10 AM »

I have just got a wireless router, and have never used wireless before.

My main concern is not with the install but more with the security as far as being connected to the internet and from other sources possibly picking up my signal.

Can anybody offer any advice or point me in the direction of any good websites for novices about this?

I have a D Link G924t Router and DWL-G122 WL Usb dongle.

Thanks.
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Re: Help with newbie to Wireless networking............
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008, 09:53:59 AM »

Hi and welcome

You might find this a useful general guide, but the basics are:-

1. (most important) In the router wireless setup, make sure that encryption is enabled. For best security use WPA encryption - if there are several different flavours offered, then I suggest WPA-PSK as the most generally compatible option. Give it a good hard-to-guess pass phrase.

2. It may be worth changing the wireless channel to something other than the default value, just in case your neighbour is using the same router with the same default.

3. Change the SSID to something other than the default name. This isn't of itself a security issue, but if a cracker finds a system using the default name it may encourage them to have a go at cracking that system, on the assumption that it hasn't been set up in a professional manner.

4. In the PC, set up the dongle with the same security settings as the router, and that's just about it.
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Re: Help with newbie to Wireless networking............
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008, 11:46:22 AM »

Thanks alot roseway :)
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Re: Help with newbie to Wireless networking............
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2008, 11:48:51 AM »

You're welcome. :)
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