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Setting up wireless receiver to receive a specified wireless router

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#1 lolrly?


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Posted 12 October 2011 - 06:35 PM

Is there a way to setup your computer to connect only to a specific wireless router in your area? I live in a college dorm and there are a lot of wireless connects available so I'm thinking that there might be complications with my computer with all the information in the air.

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#2 Nicholas Basso

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 07:43 PM

In general, not really. You can configure your wireless router based upon some information gathering, to improve the quality of your connection.

What you would want to do is run some form of "Site Survey" (often with 3rd party wireless software or with wireless troubleshooting software) that will tell you all the wireless SSIDs in the area and their Channels. After that, find a channel with the least amount of utilization, and configure your wireless router to communicate on that channel. That should reduce the amount of interference you might possibly be getting, to improve your connection quality.

I can't think of any specific software that would do that kind of functionality, but I know there are some freeware or open-source wireless scanners out there which would give you more detailed information about the wireless networks in your area. Sadly, the windows "Wireless Zero Config" is not one of them.

If your wireless card came with its own utility (many of them do), that utility might provide that functionality as well.

After that, you can configure the wireless to only connect to your preferred networks, but it will still see the other networks in the area.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 07:59 PM


You can disable SSID broadcasting and WPA2 complex password and a permit only Mac Filter that will take the college dorm technicians 30-45 to 2 Hours to unauthorized access to your router. (if they are gaining access)

Honestly if you did that you can be secured and safe. My family doesn't like it but I know my AP is secured and I am a former CISCO student so they teach you that on every module to death


1a. Change your Login password to your Router configuration

1. Depending on the model of your router you can find and disable SSID broadcasting What that does is hides your router so that only you know the name of the access point you need to log in your router and save changes on all steps
2. Set up a WPA or WPA2 complex password (P@sSworld01 for example) WEP will break in 5 minutes
3 (this is optional) you can set up a ACL (Mac Filtering) to Permit only the mac addresses that you specify
go to cmd prompt >ipconfig /all
Under Wireless Network Connection 1
you see physical address in 00-00 and etc and enter into the list exactly and click ok and

save changes

on the computer

go to your AP configuration manager
Click Connect to a specific AP point and type in exacted SSID (router name) and enter your network password and at the buttom it will say save this profile and you can set to automatically connect when in range.

That basically it for secured AP point

you can change the frequency to transmit but if you have a WPA or WPA2 complex password and a disable SSID but that all you need

Reguarding your post: If you have a smart phone there is an app called Wifi Analyzer it basically does a site survey but the best way is to secured your access point

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Edited by coxchris, 12 October 2011 - 08:07 PM.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 06:37 PM

If all you want to do is have your specfic router to be first or the only one all you have to do is go to manage wireless networks delete all other networks that you dont want and that should do it. but if the other networks have no security then your computer might still try to connect to the others if the router you want is down or has a very low signal.


Control Panel

Network and Internet

Network and sharing center

Manage wire less connections

There you can delete the others or just select the router you want and select move to top.

that will make it the first router it tries to connect to.

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