Who is third Client

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by shinerowly, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. shinerowly

    shinerowly Network Guru Member

    I am a complete novice in the router world. I recently purchaced and set up a WRT54G to connect 2 WINXP Home computers both with wired connections and share a Comcast broadband connection. That is the current extent of my home network. The router is set up as the DCHP host. All is functioning so far but I have two questions (so far):
    The DHCP Active IP Table list three Client Host Name(s); one is my Dell, the second is my Gateway and a third is listed as Carter with the IP address of and an unknown to me MAC address. Who could this Carter dude be.
    Also couls someone point me to a tutorial for setting up ZoneAlarm Pro to function with this router.

  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Who Is carter?

    Carter is your neighbor or someone very close by. I suspect being a newb to networking you didnt disable your wireless network mode. You probably also left the router name, and keys set to their default settings as well. This means that anyone within range will see a wireless connection with a name of your router (default name) and anyone familiar with linksys knows their default settings and can easily connect to a broadcasting wireless router. Go into your firmware and change all of these settings.
  3. shinerowly

    shinerowly Network Guru Member

    Thank you, I was under the false impression that I had disabled the wireless network mode. It is now done correctly ( I believe) and only my computers show up.
  4. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    Change the router password from 'admin' to something else.

    Change the SSID to something unique to you (stops clients on other networks mistakenly trying to connect with yours).

    Enable WPA-PSK encryption.

    Near-pointless actions you could also take are MAC address filtering and IP address filtering (for the latter, using static IP addresses on your two machines).
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