I just purchased a Belkin N Wireless Router. I set everything up right and was able to access the wireless connection. However there are about 14 wireless connections in my area (condo) and mine is the only unsecured network. How do I make it secured? The CD didn't prompt me to.
Securing your data is vital if you run a business especially if you connect to the Internet using a wireless router. If you just configured your brand new Belkin router you need to secure the wireless network by editing the default security settings of the router.
You can quickly access the security settings by navigating to the device's Web interface. After you secure the network you need to prevent access to the router by creating a password.
Even if you use a wireless password to protect your network and a router password to protect the router your data is not 100 percent safe.
Step 1: Launch the Web browser and navigate to "192.168.2.1" to access the Web interface.
Step 2: Click "Submit" without entering anything in the Password field to log in to the Web interface; by default Belkin wireless routers don't have a password.
Step 3: Click the "Security" link in the Wireless section at the left to view the security settings in the right pane.
Step 4: Change the "Security Mode" box to "WPA/WPA2-Personal (PSK)" and select "WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK" in the "Authentication" box.
Step 5: Select "TKIP+AES" in the "Encryption Technique" box and type a password in the "Pre-shared Key (PSK)" box.
Step 6: Click the "Apply Changes" button to apply and save the new security settings.
Step 7: Click "System Settings" in the Utilities section at the left.
Step 8: Type the password that you want to use to secure the router in the "Type in new password" and "Confirm new password" boxes. If you already have a password you must type it in the "Type in current password" box.
Step 9: Click the "Apply Settings" button to apply the new security settings and create the password.
Belkin offers a line of wireless routers that transform a computer modem into a home networking device. The router connected to the host computer broadcasts the signal to other authorized computers and visiting laptops.
Set an administrative password when you install the device to protect the router's configuration settings.
If you lose the password or simply wish to change it perform a hard reset. Do not unplug the router or shut down the computer. Rather return to default settings with the reset button.
STEP 1: Look for the reset button on the rear or side of the Belkin router. It appears as a small hole with a recessed button inside.
STEP 2: Insert the end of a paper clip or toothpick into the hole to press the button. Keep pressure on the button for a full 10 seconds.
STEP 3: Pull the paper clip or toothpick out.
STEP 4: Wait approximately one minute. When the reset completes the router light appears solid green.
STEP 5: Launch your computer's web browser. Type "https://192.168.2.1" into your web browser's address bar. A page titled "Router Setup Utility" appears.
Click "Login" Bypass the password prompt by clicking "Submit" When the screen loads click "Utilities" then "Systems Settings".
STEP 6: Type your selected password in the "Type in New Password" and "Confirm Password" fields. Ignore the fields requesting a current password.
Finish by clicking "Apply Changes".