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How To Configure A Wireless Connection

This article is a continuation of How To Configure A Router. Please start with that article and then come back here when you are finished and logged into your router configuration page.

Next click on the wireless tab in the router configuration panel. Next click on the Channel and SSID tab. Under SSID type in your last name or nickname. This is how you will identify your network. When you are in a windows environment and you choose View Available Wireless Networks this is the ID that appears. Make this something easy to identify your network. I usually choose my nickname “SLATZ”, that way I know that is my network and not my neighbours down the street. For the Channel setting I usually choose channel six so it doesn’t interfere with other networks in the area.

Next we need to setup the security for the network. Click on the security tab and choose WPA/Personal or WPA2/Personal. The next thing we do is give the security level a password. I recommend using letters numbers and symbols such as + or ~ and or -. I do not recommend using birth dates, names or pet names. Make this as unique as possible and try to use at least 8-10 characters. Do not forget this password, write it down in a safe place.

If you would like to take security a step further you could always change the subnet of your router. In order to try this do the following. Click on Lan Settings in your router configuration panel. Change the subnet to 3-4-5-6-7-8 or 9. That way all IP addresses issued by the router will now look like this or 4.1 and so on.

Taking security even a step further we could tell the system that only the following MAC addresses will be allowed on the network. Click on MAC address control in your router configuration panel. Enter each MAC address of every computer on your network. Now only computers with those Mac addresses will be allowed on the network.

Would you like even more security? You could disable the SSID from broadcasting. If you do this you will have to go into your NIC adapter properties from within windows and tell the NIC to connect to the network even if it isn’t broadcasting. If you are a novice I wouldn’t advise this, it does make your network invisible to your neighbors, but any hacker could still sniff out your SSID. You are basically forcing your computer into broadcasting your SSID when you are trying to connect to the router. A hacker would then be able impersonate your router and steal your credentials.

One last note on security. Make sure you disable remote login and remote wireless administration.