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Old 03-15-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Does anybody know a way to secure a wireless router without using the CD that it comes with? My router came with a CD to secure it, but it's not working. It keeps giving me an error message saying "Router Undetected" or something like that. But my internet is working, so I don't understand what the problem is.

I would call the tech support number, but I already called it once last night and the girl was kind of rude. And she talked really fast. I didn't think it was very helpful.
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:51 PM
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Location: Ohio
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To secure it, you must find it on the network, log into it using the default username and password and review the settings in your browser. The manufacturer's web site should have the default IP address to enter into your browser and find the router, as well as the default username and password to log in. Without those two things, you'll be unable to check or change any settings.
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Thank you! The tech I was talking to last night gave me an IP address that I entered into my browser and I entered a password to get to a basic setup webpage. She had me click on something that said Enable DHCP Server. Do you think that took care of it?
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Old 03-15-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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Thank you! The tech I was talking to last night gave me an IP address that I entered into my browser and I entered a password to get to a basic setup webpage. She had me click on something that said Enable DHCP Server. Do you think that took care of it?
Oh absolutely not, not even close, not even on the right planet. That is pathetic even for a tier 1 script reader.

What type of router do you have; make & model?
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Linksys WRT54GS V7.2

I still have the IP address and the default login info. I think I'll go back to that page and look around.
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I went back and there's a tab that says "Security." When I clicked on that, there was a checkmark next to "Block Anonymous Internet Requests." Does that take care of it?
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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I went back and there's a tab that says "Security." When I clicked on that, there was a checkmark next to "Block Anonymous Internet Requests." Does that take care of it?
It offers a great deal of protection from the millions on the internet, but if offers no protection from your neighbors by ways of wireless connections. A router provides a great deal of protection by default, in that it simply ignores all unsolicited incoming traffic

Are you using wireless, or only directly connected computers? If the wireless is still on (default) and no security invoked, you are subject to the whims and goals of your neighbors. They can use your internet connection to engage in illegal activities, such as downloading music, or child porn, and when the authorities come after you (as it is your account that accessed these) you have no way to prove it was not you, but perhaps a neighbor that simply connected to your network for a while.
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Old 03-15-2009, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I don't even have a laptop, I just bought the router because I needed an extra ethernet cable port, or whatever they're called.

Since I'm not using a laptop, I went back to the site and disabled the "Wireless Access Web" option. Will that take care of it?

And does this mean that, if I eventually get a laptop, I'll have to call the inept tech support line again? That was a frustrating experience.
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:59 AM
 
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Log into the router by typing the address 192.168.1.1 in the address bar of your browser. You will be prompted for the username/password. It sounds like you have not changed this based on previous messages, so it will be the default the gal on the phone gave you. If you have changed them, use what you changed them to.

If you have not changed the password, that is an important step. Look for an Administration > Management tab and change the password to something you can remember.

Then look for the wireless tab > Basic Wireless Selection - look for a "wireless network mode" box and select "Disabled".

Now the radio is off, and your configuration is secured with a password. You computers are now protected from inbound attacks. This does not eliminate the need for safe computing practices such as not clicking on links in emails, etc.

If you eventually get a laptop and want to setup wireless, their webside will step you through setting wireless up, and making it secure. http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/support/WRT54GS
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Thank you! I really appreciate it, it's hard to find helpful people these days.
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