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Securing your wireless network

There are two types of security you can enable – WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key), or WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy).

WPA-PSK is the most secure, but some pieces of equipment can’t use it.

When you’ve made your router secure, you must make sure all the computers that connect to it have matching settings – otherwise you won’t be able to connect to the internet.

Configuring WPA-PSK encryption

1. Connect your computer to any of the four LAN ports on the NETGEAR router.

2. Open a browser window and type the router IP address into the address bar and press Enter.

These will be either:

Netgear or

The documents that came with your router will tell you the default IP address.

The login window will ask you for a username and password. The default username is:

Username Password
Netgear Admin Password
Linksys Left blank Admin
D-Link Admin Left blank
Belkin Left blank Left blank

3. Click Wireless Settings under the Setup menu.

4. Under Security Options, select WPA-PSK.

5. Enter a password in the Passphrase box. It can be from eight to 63 characters long. Make a note of your password because you’ll need it to reconnect.

6. Click Apply, and your router will reset itself. It may take a couple of minutes for the changes to come into effect.

7. When you try to connect to the wireless network again, it will ask you for the security passphrase.

Some games consoles do not support WPA-PSK. If WEP is your only option, this is how you set it up.

Steps one to three as above.

4.  Under Security Options, select WEP.

5.  Select Authentication type as Automatic, and Encryption Strength as 64-bit (or 128-bit).

6.  Type a password into the Passphrase box, and then click on the Generate button. This will generate a hexidecimal key – a mixture of letters and digits. Make a note of this key and use it – or your passphrase – when you reconnect.

7.  Click Apply. Your router will reset itself. It may take a couple of minutes for the changes to kick in.

8.  When you connect to your wireless network again, it will ask you for your passphrase.

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