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#1 softwolf

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 09:32 PM

Hi I was wondering if anyone could help me out? I live in a boarding house in a university area which has 8 bedrooms and 10 roommates. Lately our wifi signal strength has been very weak although I guess it has never been that great to begin with. I think part of the problem is that some of the roommates have been making changes to the network settings. Well the landlord has agreed to give me access to the ISP provider info and to include me as someone authorized to make changes to the account. Managing a network is totally new to me and I would love some help. Just a few more basics about the situation: the house is has 3 floors, 3-4 people are running ethernet cables through the router to their rooms, the router is positioned in the kitchen which is on the 2nd floor, the router is a N600 router.
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The first thing I would like to do if possible is to prevent any other roommates from being able to make changes to the network settings. I guess from there everything else is about configuring the network. Any help would be helpful.

Edited by softwolf, 15 January 2012 - 09:34 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2012 - 09:56 PM

Changing the router's admin password would be one. In order to access these settings,since most routers have features to change factory default password to a personal key, change this setup then you would have specific members only who will know the router access key to these settings. Look online for the manual of your router's manual to guide you on how to change and enter the router's IP address.

Well the landlord has agreed to give me access to the ISP provider info and to include me as someone authorized to make changes to the account

You should ask permission to your landlord if any changes would be made prior.

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#3 softwolf

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 10:05 PM

Optiplex 755
Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band
Connected by ethernet cable (also have option to connect through wireless adapter)
I am on the 3rd floor the router is on the 2nd and connected by 20-25 ft of ethernet cable. (also have a wireless adapter)
The house has a cable conection through Comcast


MiniToolBox by Farbar
Ran by oliver (administrator) on 15-01-2012 at 18:50:03
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (X86)
Boot Mode: Normal
***************************************************************************

========================= IE Proxy Settings: ==============================

Proxy is not enabled.
No Proxy Server is set.
========================= Hosts content: =================================


127.0.0.1 localhost

========================= IP Configuration: ================================

Intel® 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection = Local Area Connection (Connected)


# ----------------------------------
# Interface IP Configuration
# ----------------------------------
pushd interface ip


# Interface IP Configuration for "Local Area Connection"

set address name="Local Area Connection" source=dhcp
set dns name="Local Area Connection" source=dhcp register=PRIMARY
set wins name="Local Area Connection" source=dhcp


popd
# End of interface IP configuration




Windows IP Configuration



Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : oliver-65012df0

Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :

Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown

IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No



Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:



Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel® 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1E-4F-F2-F9-1F

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.26

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, January 15, 2012 9:16:18 AM

Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Monday, January 16, 2012 9:16:18 AM

Server: UnKnown
Address: 192.168.1.1

Name: google.com
Addresses: 74.125.224.52, 74.125.224.51, 74.125.224.50, 74.125.224.49
74.125.224.48



Pinging google.com [74.125.224.50] with 32 bytes of data:



Reply from 74.125.224.50: bytes=32 time=26ms TTL=51

Reply from 74.125.224.50: bytes=32 time=41ms TTL=51



Ping statistics for 74.125.224.50:

Packets: Sent = 2, Received = 2, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:

Minimum = 26ms, Maximum = 41ms, Average = 33ms

Server: UnKnown
Address: 192.168.1.1

Name: yahoo.com
Addresses: 98.137.149.56, 98.139.180.149, 209.191.122.70, 72.30.2.43



Pinging yahoo.com [72.30.2.43] with 32 bytes of data:



Reply from 72.30.2.43: bytes=32 time=50ms TTL=51

Reply from 72.30.2.43: bytes=32 time=45ms TTL=51



Ping statistics for 72.30.2.43:

Packets: Sent = 2, Received = 2, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:

Minimum = 45ms, Maximum = 50ms, Average = 47ms

Server: UnKnown
Address: 192.168.1.1

Name: bleepingcomputer.com
Address: 208.43.87.2



Pinging bleepingcomputer.com [208.43.87.2] with 32 bytes of data:



Reply from 208.43.87.2: Destination host unreachable.

Reply from 208.43.87.2: Destination host unreachable.



Ping statistics for 208.43.87.2:

Packets: Sent = 2, Received = 2, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:

Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms



Pinging 127.0.0.1 with 32 bytes of data:



Reply from 127.0.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Reply from 127.0.0.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128



Ping statistics for 127.0.0.1:

Packets: Sent = 2, Received = 2, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:

Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

===========================================================================
Interface List
0x1 ........................... MS TCP Loopback interface
0x2 ...00 1e 4f f2 f9 1f ...... Intel® 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection - Packet Scheduler Miniport
===========================================================================
===========================================================================
Active Routes:
Network Destination Netmask Gateway Interface Metric
0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 192.168.1.1 192.168.1.26 20
127.0.0.0 255.0.0.0 127.0.0.1 127.0.0.1 1
169.254.0.0 255.255.0.0 192.168.1.26 192.168.1.26 20
192.168.1.0 255.255.255.0 192.168.1.26 192.168.1.26 20
192.168.1.26 255.255.255.255 127.0.0.1 127.0.0.1 20
192.168.1.255 255.255.255.255 192.168.1.26 192.168.1.26 20
224.0.0.0 240.0.0.0 192.168.1.26 192.168.1.26 20
255.255.255.255 255.255.255.255 192.168.1.26 192.168.1.26 1
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
===========================================================================
Persistent Routes:
None

========================= Event log errors: ===============================

Application errors:
==================
Error: (01/15/2012 10:03:53 AM) (Source: Application Hang) (User: )
Description: Fault bucket -1544775435.

Error: (01/15/2012 10:03:51 AM) (Source: Application Hang) (User: )
Description: Hanging application firefox.exe, version 9.0.1.4371, hang module hungapp, version 0.0.0.0, hang address 0x00000000.

Error: (01/12/2012 07:56:09 PM) (Source: Application Hang) (User: )
Description: Fault bucket -1544775435.

Error: (01/12/2012 07:55:58 PM) (Source: Application Hang) (User: )
Description: Hanging application firefox.exe, version 9.0.1.4371, hang module hungapp, version 0.0.0.0, hang address 0x00000000.

Error: (12/27/2011 10:30:29 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application nitrop~4.exe, version 2.1.0.11, faulting module npdf.dll, version 2.1.0.11, fault address 0x00101297.
Processing media-specific event for [nitrop~4.exe!ws!]

Error: (12/27/2011 10:16:47 PM) (Source: Application Hang) (User: )
Description: Fault bucket 1972411191.

Error: (12/27/2011 10:16:32 PM) (Source: Application Hang) (User: )
Description: Hanging application InternationalPrimoPDF.exe, version 0.0.0.0, hang module hungapp, version 0.0.0.0, hang address 0x00000000.

Error: (12/09/2011 11:40:16 PM) (Source: Application Virtualization Client) (User: )
Description: The Application Virtualization Core Service failed to initialize correctly.

Error: (12/09/2011 11:40:16 PM) (Source: Application Virtualization Client) (User: )
Description: {tid=D98}
Client core could not be initialized (rc 0250150C-00000041)

Error: (12/09/2011 11:40:16 PM) (Source: Application Virtualization Client) (User: )
Description: {tid=D98}
Unable to connect to SystemGuard driver


System errors:
=============
Error: (01/15/2012 09:16:34 AM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: The MCSTRM service failed to start due to the following error:
%%2

Error: (01/13/2012 01:57:01 PM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: The MCSTRM service failed to start due to the following error:
%%2

Error: (01/12/2012 08:22:46 PM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: The MCSTRM service failed to start due to the following error:
%%2

Error: (01/12/2012 07:53:49 PM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: The MCSTRM service failed to start due to the following error:
%%2

Error: (01/12/2012 04:45:49 AM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: The MCSTRM service failed to start due to the following error:
%%2

Error: (01/11/2012 09:37:32 PM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: Your computer has lost the lease to its IP address 192.168.1.26 on the
Network Card with network address 001E4FF2F91F.

Error: (01/10/2012 09:37:48 PM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: The MCSTRM service failed to start due to the following error:
%%2

Error: (01/10/2012 08:00:11 PM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: The MCSTRM service failed to start due to the following error:
%%2

Error: (01/10/2012 00:33:44 AM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: Your computer has lost the lease to its IP address 192.168.1.26 on the
Network Card with network address 001E4FF2F91F.

Error: (01/07/2012 09:32:11 PM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: Your computer has lost the lease to its IP address 192.168.1.26 on the
Network Card with network address 001E4FF2F91F.


Microsoft Office Sessions:
=========================
Error: (01/15/2012 10:03:53 AM) (Source: Application Hang)(User: )
Description: -1544775435

Error: (01/15/2012 10:03:51 AM) (Source: Application Hang)(User: )
Description: firefox.exe9.0.1.4371hungapp0.0.0.000000000

Error: (01/12/2012 07:56:09 PM) (Source: Application Hang)(User: )
Description: -1544775435

Error: (01/12/2012 07:55:58 PM) (Source: Application Hang)(User: )
Description: firefox.exe9.0.1.4371hungapp0.0.0.000000000

Error: (12/27/2011 10:30:29 PM) (Source: Application Error)(User: )
Description: nitrop~4.exe2.1.0.11npdf.dll2.1.0.1100101297

Error: (12/27/2011 10:16:47 PM) (Source: Application Hang)(User: )
Description: 1972411191

Error: (12/27/2011 10:16:32 PM) (Source: Application Hang)(User: )
Description: InternationalPrimoPDF.exe0.0.0.0hungapp0.0.0.000000000

Error: (12/09/2011 11:40:16 PM) (Source: Application Virtualization Client)(User: )
Description:

Error: (12/09/2011 11:40:16 PM) (Source: Application Virtualization Client)(User: )
Description: {tid=D98}
0250150C-00000041

Error: (12/09/2011 11:40:16 PM) (Source: Application Virtualization Client)(User: )
Description: {tid=D98}


========================= Memory info: ===================================

Percentage of memory in use: 49%
Total physical RAM: 2013.54 MB
Available physical RAM: 1019.45 MB
Total Pagefile: 3906.72 MB
Available Pagefile: 3039.13 MB
Total Virtual: 2047.88 MB
Available Virtual: 1971.02 MB

========================= Partitions: =====================================

1 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:74.5 GB) (Free:48.12 GB) NTFS

========================= Users: ========================================

User accounts for \\OLIVER-65012DF0

Administrator Guest HelpAssistant
oliver SUPPORT_388945a0


**** End of log ****

#4 softwolf

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 11:48 PM

Hi jhayz,
I was wondering if I change the router's admin password is that different from changing the wireless password. Will everyone still be able to connect to the wifi using the existing password?

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 12:40 AM

Yes, they would still be able to log into the wireless network. They would not however have access to the settings to change the password or various other administrative settings.




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