How to Password Protect Wireless Network

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by SeeEss, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. SeeEss

    SeeEss Guest

    I just installed my wireless network. I have a Linksys WRT54G. I need to know how to password protect the system so my neighbors cannot use my wireless network. Can anyone help me?
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    firstly you need to know exactly what encrytion you wireless devices support. the WRt54G will support WEP/WPA/WPA2, however your wirless clients need to support one of these also.

    Wireless security is a BIG deal. I have done a guide on the types of encryption here:

    Wireless Security

    Ok we shall take it all your devices will allow WPA. firstly setup the WRT54G Wireless side.

    goto your routers setup and got the "Wireless Security" page. there you can select WPA-PSK, then select encryption method, AES is better, then select a password or WPA Shared Key. this can be anything you like, however it should be unique and at least 20 characters in length. remember this key as you will need it again when setting up the wireless client end.

    once you have entered the key then click on save settings.

    once this has happened the WRT54G wireless signal is now encrypted. this mean you will loose connection since the wireless client (example your laptop) is not using any encryption yet.

    now you will need to setup your laptop/wirless client end. you will need to do exactly the same key/password and the same encryption here as well. your wirless device should have its own setup for logging onto the wireless signal or it will use WInXP's WZC utility.

    if you want better encryption as WPA2 then you will need to download the WPA2 patch from microsoft here: WPA2 Support for WinXP

    I hope this helps...
  3. Gravesland

    Gravesland Guest

    Work the same on a Mac

    Hey there...rookie here..

    Will these instructions work the same for my Apple Power Book? Just moved to a neighborhood and don't want any problems.

  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Yes, for the most part, but as far as I know PowerBook doesn't support WPA AES and WEP HEX keys, so you may need to setup the router to deploy WPA-PSK TKIP.

    If your PowerBook only supports WEP encryption, you can add a $ character before the key when you enter it on the notebook on connect.

    Router setup example
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