How do i lock and secure my belkin router from neighbors?
I am positive we have someone else using our internet connection. The usage we have way exceeds what our family uses. I have a Belkin router how can I make it secure so others cant access it? Thank you.
Are you trying to access the address (http://192.168.2.1) through a wireless computer or through a computer that's hardwired to the router? Most routers will only allow you to access the admin/settings page through a hardwired computer unless you've gone into the admin page previously and turned on the setting to allow wireless connection to the admin page so try with a computer that's hardwired to the router with a network cable.
Once you get to the admin page you'll have to enter a user ID and password (or maybe just a password). By default (meaning if no one went in previously and changed anything) the user ID is admin and the password is blank (if there's no field for a User ID then just click the Submit button with an empty password).
Things you want to set:
1) Enable WPA encryption it is more secure than WEP (although certain older Belkin units only support WEP). You'll have to enter a character string as the WPA key.
2) Change the SSID and if present as an option deselect the option to broadcast your SSID. That way your neighbors won't be able to tell that you're even running a network.
3) If you really want to be secure you can enable MAC address filtering but it's usually a pain if you have guests or friends who bring their laptops over and want to use your network. It requires you to enter the MAC address of the network adapters of those machines who you want to grant access to. Not a big deal if you're just going to use your own computers just a few minutes to set up.
After you're done you'll have to change the connection properties of each of your computers to access the router using its new SSID and WPA encryption key. Since you've stopped broadcasting of the SSID from the router you'll have to manually add the router's new SSID to the connection properties.
You should follow these below points... 1). Open the web browser that you use: Firefox, Google Chrome, IE or Opera and type in the IP address for your router and press the Enter key. 2). A window will open and then type in your routers default username and password and press the Enter key again 3). Navigate to the Wireless SecurityNetwork Security Settings Tab and open it to locate or change your WEP or WPA Security Passphrase. 4). Write this Security Passphrase down and put it in a safe place to access when needed. 5). Save settings and close your browser.