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How Do I Keep People From Using My Wireless Network?


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#1 johnhudson

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 10:07 AM

I won't lie, I've used my fair share of un-secured wireless networks before. Now that I am paying for my own internet, I don't want other people using it. I have a password encryption and all that, but is there anything I can do to make sure someone doesn't crack the password and use it?

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 12:38 PM

You could use MAC address filtering for an extra layer of protection, if your router/access point has this capability.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 04:47 AM

Are you using WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access)?
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 10:20 AM

Are you using WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access)?


I"m not sure. How do I tell?

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 03:42 PM

Login to your router, and find the setting that has the security controls and see if your router is or can use WPA.
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 09:12 PM

Login to your router, and find the setting that has the security controls and see if your router is or can use WPA.


How do I log in to my router?

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 11:55 AM

It depends on the router itself - it should have a default gateway. How did you setup the password for your router? It would be the same process involved to log in.

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 08:01 PM

Login to your router, and find the setting that has the security controls and see if your router is or can use WPA.


How do I log in to my router?



What is make and model of your router.

I am sure you didnt setup the router. If somebody else did for you ask him if he set up any password for http login.

Or else tell us what is the default-gateway.click start-->run--->type "cmd"(without quotes) --> type "ipconfig"(without quotes).

Anyways first to find your wireless is secured WPA or WEP, when you click "View available networks" and on the label name(SSID) of your network find what it says.

If your network is secured, it says "Secured-enabled network" if it is WPA it says there itself, if it is WEP it doesnt say anything.

And all the advance things you can check by logging onto the router.

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 06:24 AM

https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm is a great site that will generate very strong passwords for you to use. Also some routers will allow you to 'hide' and not broadcast the wireless signal openly.
Regards,

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 10:31 AM

It's an AT&T router...there is a number on the bottom that says 3800HGV-8

It may be a "2Wire" router?

Edited by johnhudson, 04 October 2008 - 10:32 AM.


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Posted 04 October 2008 - 10:40 AM

I'm pretty sure its a WPA...it says security enabled network.

So in order to keep other people from using this network, are you suggesting I get a custom "stronger" password or encryption key?

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 10:58 AM

The keys generated at GRC are very strong and would take some tome to break. Just remember to copy the keys and password down in a safe place as if they are lost you wont be able to get into the router.
Regards,

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