My Linksys router has been in use for some time. I did the set up from the disc and instructions and it's been no problems. I would now like to add a password to log on to it from a wireless computer such as my laptop or the other household computer. I can't figure out how to do this. I'm not a total computer illiterate but not a super geek either. Thanks in advance.
When you scamper your Wifi network in your home or offices, it's necessary to make sure that your connection is secure and nobody can access your router to change the settings. If you feel that your router's administrator settings have been compromised, you have the option to change the username and password to completely secure your network.
Step 1: Access the router's web-based setup page. Open any web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari) and enter 192.168.1.1 on the Address bar then press [Enter].
Step 2: You will be asked for your log-in details. The default log-in is a blank field for the user name and "admin" for a password. If you have set up a User name and Password for your Linksys router before entering your personalized credentials instead.
Step 3: Click the Wireless tab then click the Wireless Security sub-tab.
Step 4: If you are using WPA/WPA2 security mode go to the Passphrase field to view the wireless network password. To change it enter your desired wireless network password on that specific field as well.
Step 5: Click "Save Setting" to save your changes.
Step1 - Turn on your computer and wait for the Windows OS to load. Open your Web browser.
Step 2 - Type '192.168.1.1' (without the quotation marks) in the browser search bar and then press the enter key. A pop-up box will emerge and ask for your username and password. Leave the username space clear and type 'admin' in the password field. Click 'OK'.
If this fails to work you can try 'admin' for username and 'Admin' for the password field.
Step 3 - This will bring you to the Linksys set-up page. Select 'Wireless' on the displayed tabs and then 'Wireless Security'. You will be given two options in the security mode: WEP or WPA. WPA is preferable since it is more secure but it is also incompatible with the older versions of the router. You should opt to choose WEP in the meantime.
Step 4 - Choose 128 bits 26 hex digits in WEP Encryption. Input a password in the Passphrase box and click on 'generate'. This will generate four entries with 26 digits each. Copy all these bits of information into a text document for these are the keys you will need to access the wireless router.
Step 5 - Enter the first key's (KEY 1) 26-digit password when the computer prompts you to enter the WEP key.
Step 6 - Go back to your browser and repeat step number two. This time however you need to change the password formerly 'admin' or 'Admin'. Click on the 'Administration' tab and enter a different password in the given field and save. This is the password you will use in the event that you need to reconfigure your router.
Step 7 - If you have a relatively new version of a Linksys wireless router you may opt for the WPA security mode instead of WEP. Choose 'WPA-Personal' and select 'TKIP' encryption. Type your chosen passphrase and '3600 seconds' for key renewal. Write down your password for future reference and then click on 'Save settings'.
Step 8 - Keep in mind that there are available third-party software designed to secure wireless or cabled networks. It may be best to install legitimate third-party software to protect your wireless network since these third-party applications can act as additional lines of defense against malicious code.
You can install the third-party network protection software of your choice before or after securing your wireless network.
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