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Easiest way to turn on/off wireless function on a router


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#1 gord79

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 05:45 AM

Hi,

I have installed a Belkin N150 Enhanced Wireless Modem Router for my friend and he would prefer that the wireless network is not turned on all the time. The router itself is hidden away so is not easy to access.

What is the easiest way to turn off/on the wireless function on the router just as and when he wants to use the wireless network?

Many thanks,

Gord

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 08:31 AM

Surf into the router and disable it. But you are going to want to do that wired. So have him run an Ethernet cable from the router to where he can get to it. Also make sure there is some air circulating, routers do get warmish.

Just curious, why doesn't he want his wireless on? If it is a security thing - WPA2 with a sentence as the pass phrase + MAC filtering = nearly impossible to crack. WPA2 authenticates when first connecting with a 4 way handshake. After that you are encrypted. The only way to crack it is to capture those 4 packets then use word lists to break it. With WPA2 you can use letters, numbers, symbols and spaces. You make up a sentence 5 or 6 words long and replace some letters with symbols add in a number or 2 with some caps in weird places, that is not going to be easy to break.

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 09:24 AM

You mention about going into the router's control panel and switching it on/off that way. Is there another way which might be a little more convenient??...thanks again.

Its for health reasons because the router is located next to his bedroom and so he is a little concerned about it.

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 10:19 AM

Health reasons? Oy vey.

Unplug the power. Don't buy a wireless router. Only other things that come to mind.

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 11:29 AM

Fair enough what you are saying. I guess the only way then is through the control panel of the router really.

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 12:52 PM

Its not that hard to turn it off/on. Enter an IP address, enter a user name and password, click a tab or 2, put in or take out a check mark and save it.

You just don't want to do that wireless. Besides if the wireless is off, how can you connect but wired?

Edited by CaveDweller2, 18 February 2010 - 12:53 PM.

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 04:35 PM

Yes, will recommend that. thanks again for your help - much appreciated.




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