Urgent help needed regarding Wireless-G router security!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jon1980, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. jon1980

    jon1980 Guest


    Firstly please forgive me if this is a stupid query, I have limited/out of date knowledge of computers and especially broadband/wireless internet. I really hope this forum can help me!

    My query is this: At my parent's house I have a Linksys Wireless-G 2.4 GHz 54Mbps Broadband Router connected up to a PC running Windows 98. It was set up in my absence by my even-less-computer-literate-than-me father and I cannot find any software either in the house or accessible from the Windows 98 desktop(?). We have two PCs with Wireless-G PCI Adapters connected wirelessly to the router, one machine is using Windows XP, the other Windows 2000. Both of these were again set up in my absence and although I have not really looked at the XP machine I have played around with the Linksys software accessible from the Windows 2000 panel at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

    I am concerned about security and surfing the internet from the other two 'wireless' machines. The Linksys software on the Windows 2000 machine states that 'WEP Encryption is disabled' which has got alarm bells ringing in my mind with regards to security. I basically want to surf the web, especially from the Win 2000 machine and be as secure as possible. Information I have found on the web and the Linksys homepage seems to suggest that all the security features and commands must be set up on the computer which is connected to the router. Problem is, as I have said earlier, I was not around when it was set up and cannot find any software on disk or on the machine.

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated, apologies if I sound like I don't have a clue what I am talking about, but I probably don't lol!!

  2. wempie

    wempie Network Guru Member

    RE: Urgent help needed regarding Wireless-G router security!

    Hi Jon,

    Setting/adjusting the security features on the router does not require any software. As a matter of fact the only software available for the router was the setup wizard and firmware upgrades. Both of which can be downloaded from Linksys.

    Since you don't have the Setup Wizard, you can make the adjustments via the routers IP address. This can be done by performing the following:

    1. Go to your desktop and double click on Internet Explorer (Located on the Start Menu in Windows XP).
    2. When "Internet Explorer" opens type into the "Address" bar and click on Go.
    3. The "Enter Network Password" window will appear.
    4. Skip user name and type admin (admin is the default password) as the password, and click OK.

    From there, you can follow the router's built-in help screens or the info from Linksys' website to determine what features need to be adjusted for your taste.

    The link to Linksys' support page is:


    Select your router model and do a search for "Wireless Security"

    As for securing the other to PCs, you would make the adjustments on each local machine via their Linksys utility (also available for download).

    I hope this helps. Good luck.
  3. flopez

    flopez Network Guru Member

    hi jon,

    in regards to setting up some security on your router, you'll need to access the router's configuration screen. here's a link on how to do that and how to set up some security: Setting up Wireless Security
    please note that the pictures in the examples may look different for you depending on what version your router's firmware is. if you look at the top right corner of the screen after you login to the router's configuration screen, you should see the router's firmware version. what version do you have because you might need to update it. also, you'll need to change the security settings on all of the PC's that're connected to the router wirelessly after you add the security that you want. if you need any more help, don't hesitate to ask. :D
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