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.
You can easily secure your wireless connection. Go to ‘Network Connections’ and search for Wireless Networks in range. This should get you all available wireless networks in the area.
Now you should be able to see whether the wireless network you’re “Connected” to is secure or not. If it’s secure, the only thing you need to do is check if it is using WPA or WEP encryption method. Right click on the network, select ‘Properties’ and then Look for ‘Encryption Type’.
In most cases, you should be able to access your router by simply typing 192.168.0.1 IP address into your browser’s address bar. In case it doesn’t work for you then go to the website. Here you can get both the default IP and default username and password details for your Belkin router.
You only need to know it’s model. Once you’re logged into your router, go to the wireless tab and from there to security. Next, set the Authentication Type to WPA and enter the KEY (the new password for your wireless access).
Look for the ‘Save’ (Apply) option to save the changes.
To check if you have done everything correctly, go to the Network Connections and scan for wireless networks.
Your wireless network should appear as “Security-enabled wireless network (WPA)”. Double-click on your network and enter the details to get connected.
As an additional level of security for your router, I’d recommend changing the default factory preset access details to your own. All of this can be easily done in router configurations page.