Posted 11 January 2006 - 01:24 AM
Could you give us a bit of detail on how you found your solution?
Can you connect to the routers configuration page?
Here are some general notes but it really depends on how you set up your network:
Start your web browser and in the Address bar type the IP address of your device. (Usually it is something like 192.168.1.1) This will open a login page where you have to enter a user and password (Usually admin and admin) and then you are into the router configuration 'site'. Here you can change parameters relating to addressing, firewalls, encryption, etc. You should choose a name for your wirless network which will become its SSID. Your network will then be a bit more exclusive but anyone who "sees" it can still join it if they want to. Unless you have a special reason for doing otherwise you should configure your Wireless router to act as a DHCP server which means you can configure all your devices to obtain their IP and DNS addresses automatically and then forget about them. For better security you should assign the IP addresses manually.
I'd strongly recommend you use encryption to stop the whole neigbourhood being able to surf the net and possibly download porn, pirated movies and music using your bandwidth. Select either WPA-PSK or if that's not available WEP (you must use the same type of encryption on all the devices or they will not work). Both WEP and WPA encrypt your data as it is broadcast using an encryption key. The key is defined when you configure the router. One of the major differences between WEP and WPA is WPA automatically changes the key at preset times. Different routers allow you to enter the key in slightly different ways - some generate the key from a "passphrase" that you can make up. Others want a 10 digit number. Others can use both these methods and more.
Soltek QBIC, Pentium 4 3.0GHz, 512MB RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB, Netgear 54Mb/s WAP, ridiculously expensive Satellite Broadband
Windows XP Home SP2, Trend Micro Internet Security, Firefox, Thunderbird, AdAwareSE, Spybot S&D, SpywareBlaster, A-squared Free, Ewido Security Suite.