A few weeks ago a friend contacted me asking about changing the password on their router to make it more secure. And two days ago I received another request about securing a router. And I had just added a new high gain antenna to one of my systems and was able to pickup two additional connections in my neighborhood, both of which were unsecured and both using the defaults of ‘linksys’ and the other ‘belkin’. Which brings me to the how of this article. How to secure a wireless router.

Most new routers by default are not secured. It is up to the user to configure their wireless router to implement security protections. And if you are new to routers, the menu system can be confusing.

Software. Most routers come with some type of software to assist the user in setting up their new routers. I myself do it the old fashion way, manually. And since most routers can be managed via a web browser, accessing the router menu’s is fairly straight forward. The user opens a browser of their choice, and types in the IP address for the router. A screen appears that then asks for a username and password. This is located in the documentation that comes with the router. Can’t locate the username and password? This link may help. Click here. http://www.phenoelit.de/dpl/dpl.html

Your first connection will be made via a wired connection from your PC to the router [Ethernet] which normally uses a RJ45 connector cable. This is also supplied with the router. You can’t configure a router for wireless use until the router is properly configured.

To manage the router, type its IP address into your Web browser’s address bar. The IP address can also be located by going to Start, Run and type ipconfig /all in the field. This will bring up the Default Gateway. [i.e. 192.168.x.x] Write this down for future reference. I usually write it right on the instruction manual itself along with any other changes I may make. You would be surprised that after 6 months of use, how little we will recall about the router settings we are about to make.

Part #2 To Follow

[tags]safeguard, wi-fi, network, home, soho,[/tags]