To answer a few questions: Yes the speedtouch is a modem and router, yes it has wireless, I'm not sure if your kids are connecting to your network, yes you are at a little risk because there is no wireless security turned on and no you didn't go wireless on your desktop unless you bought a wireless card.
Before you got this new modem/router you had to sign into AOL to connect to the net and now you don't, if I am reading what you wrote correctly. I believe the new modem/router makes the connection for you so you don't have to worry about using the AOL sign in.
This is what the user guide I found says about your wireless:
- The SpeedTouch™ is broadcasting its network name (SSID). This default network name (SSID) is printed on the identification label located on the bottom of your SpeedTouch™ and is unique for each device. It consists of the concatenation of the word “SpeedTouch” and 6 hexadecimal characters, without any spaces, for example SpeedTouch123456.
- The radio channel number is set to ‘automatically scan for the best radio channel’.
- Registration is not activated. New stations are allowed automatically. The Access Control List is open and empty. No wireless client will be denied access to the SpeedTouch™ based on its physical hardware address.
What that means is your wireless is WIDE open to anyone connecting to it.
Gonna try to walk you through setting up wireless security. Read through the steps below, I know its going to look scary but its not that difficult. And as long as you don't click Apply on any page, the settings won't change. This has nothing to do with your wired connection this ONLY affects the wireless.. Having said that, if once you are looking at the pages you realize you are in over your head, pick up the phone and call your ISP. Tell them you just got this new modem/router and the damn wireless is WIDE open you want to get some security. Use WPA-PSK tell them you heard its better which it is.
- Open a browser
- type 192.168.1.254 in the address bar and hit Enter
- in the main menu select Home Network
- click WLAN(wireless LAN)
- click Configure or under Configuration(the guide is a little fuzzy here)
- on this page look for the Security section.
- ignore everything but "Allow new devices" part, there will be a box with an arrow click the arrow and click "Allowed (via registration)"
- below that click, beside "WPA-PSK" now I am not sure what will happen. What I am reading sounds like a box will appear for you to type in the pass phrase for it but I am not 100%
- WPA allows numbers, letter, symbols and spaces. My advice is use a sentence rather than a single word. Make it something random and silly like "I poke badgers with spoons" or "CaveDweller2 rules all" hehe you get the idea.
- Click Apply.
Adding wireless devices - the easy way - type the pass phrase/sentence you setup in the previous steps in the wireless device(the Xbox and Ipod) then on the front of the Speedtouch click the big green button, the wireless light will flash for 1 minute, have your son hit Enter to try to connect the xbox and do the same with your daughter's iPod and they should be connected.
When you click Home Network, you'll see a wireless and wired section. Those things that are connecting to your network wireless will be listed. If you see ore than your Xbox and iPod, people are stealing your broadband. Click Devices on the left, there should be a list of those devices, put a check mark beside all devices you want and click Delete. They'll be disconnected and without the WPA key they won't be able to re-connect.
Edited by CaveDweller2, 25 January 2010 - 07:50 PM.