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router help please

Ellen23 Avatar
6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
have installed router on my home network but it keeps saying it is an unsecure connection how do i make it secure. the guide goes on abou weps n waps and i am totally confused, is there an easier way to tick a box somwhere n put a passcode on it. please be gentle with me am not very technical, thanks
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#1
What make and model is it and what do you intend to connect to it ?.
banned#2
You want to use WPA2 if it has it and just put a password in of your choosing. This will be the password that your devices use to connect to the wireless network.
suspended#3
Go into the router settings and set the security, you will then produce a random hexadecimal key which you should then use to enter for other wireless enabled items you which to connect.
#4
In the router instructions there will be a default IP address for the router itself. All you need to do is open Internet Explorer (or the equivalent if you're not using IE) and type that IP address into the address bar at the top. It will then ask for a username and password, which will again be in the default one in the instructions (usually 'admin' and 'password' or something similar).

This will take you to a menu that will allow you to make your wireless connection secure. WEP and WPA are simply two types of security. WPA is more secure than WEP, so I would recommend that.

If you can specify the make and model of the router you might well get more specific advice, assuming the above doesn't help.
#5
tonyg1962
What make and model is it and what do you intend to connect to it ?.


tp link connecting main house computer to a lap top and daughters computer
#6
ok model number tp link tlwr541g i can get into the page where u choose wpa or wep but it then asks for hexadecimals and other things tht totally confuse me or radius passwords & address what are they?
#7
Ellen23
ok model number tp link tlwr541g i can get into the page where u choose wpa or wep but it then asks for hexadecimals and other things tht totally confuse me or radius passwords & address what are they?
WEP should only ask for a ten digit password, which might be the simplest thing to remember and set up realistically. It is not as secure as the alternatives, but it's probably more than sufficient for your needs, assuming you don't carry on a part time position as a government official or spy.
#8
Crazy Jamie
WEP should only ask for a ten digit password, which might be the simplest thing to remember and set up realistically. It is not as secure as the alternatives, but it's probably more than sufficient for your needs, assuming you don't carry on a part time position as a government official or spy.


if i go on the WPA/wpa2 option i get the following
security option choice of automaitc wpa or wpa2 which should i choose?
next is encryption choice auto or tkip or aes
radius server ip 0.0.0.0.
radius password blank box
group key update period?
Help.

The alterntive for wep is
security option either automatic or open system or shared key
then wep key format choice of hexadecimal or asc11
then underneath key 1 is disabled but can change to 64 128 0r 152 bit ???

All confusing help thanks
#9
Ideally you would want to choose WPA2 but your wireless network adapter may not support it depending on how old it is. If you are using a laptop, what model is it?
#10
morrk
Ideally you would want to choose WPA2 but your wireless network adapter may not support it depending on how old it is. If you are using a laptop, what model is it?


so if i choose wpa2 what other boxes need to be marked underneth ie encryption radius server etc have listed them in above post thanks sorry if i sound a bit thick only a woman!!!!
#11
Do you know what is your router version? There are multiple revisions of the TL-WR541G, each with version specific drivers, firmware, installation guides, User Guides, and other resources. (V2 / V4 / V6 / V7?)
#12
nomeames
Do you know what is your router version? There are multiple revisions of the TL-WR541G, each with version specific drivers, firmware, installation guides, User Guides, and other resources. (V2 / V4 / V6 / V7?)


version 4 thanks
#13
Use WEP as mentioned above not all things allow WPA/2 old ds's don't.
#14
dontasciime
Use WEP as mentioned above not all things allow WPA/2 old ds's don't.

using wep at moment but when i go on internet it still states that it is an unsecured connection?
#15
dontasciime
Use WEP as mentioned above not all things allow WPA/2 old ds's don't.


Although correct, the OP would be better off using the best level of encryption possible while keeping all devices supported. It's pointless using WEP if only using one laptop which is WPA2 compliant.
#16
Ellen23
so if i choose wpa2 what other boxes need to be marked underneth ie encryption radius server etc have listed them in above post thanks sorry if i sound a bit thick only a woman!!!!


Before you decide which encryption to use you need to identify the wireless device within your computer. Also as mentioned above does anything else in the household use the wireless connection? Your decision would depend on this.
#17
dontasciime
WEP is good enough no one is gonna sit outside for 6 hours :lol


WEP can be cracked within minutes though if somebody knows what they are doing. Although I do agree with you and probably WEP would be enough of a deterrent, I wouldn't use it on my network as all devices are happy with WPA2.
#18
dontasciime
WEP is good enough no one is gonna sit outside for upto 6 hours :lol and not everyone is as clever as some http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=464&tag=col1;post-826
http://www.cdc.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/aircrack-ptw/

WPA/2 is not infallible/ http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=826


Taken from http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=826

The first problem with this report is that AirDefense lumped WPA-PSK in with WEP which is ludicrous since there’s no comparison on the level of security. WPA-PSK if deployed with a reasonably complex password of 10 or more random alphanumeric characters has never been broken whereas WEP can be broken in minutes.
#19
morrk
Although correct, the OP would be better off using the best level of encryption possible while keeping all devices supported. It's pointless using WEP if only using one laptop which is WPA2 compliant.


WEP is good enough for most hardly anyone is gonna sit outside for upto 6 hours :lol and not everyone is as clever as some http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=464&tag=col1;post-826
http://www.cdc.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/aircrack-ptw/

WPA/2 is not infallible/ http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=826

Yeah The most secure method would be a better choice so yeah you are right but not if breaking support is required
#20
too late I took out my post I punched holes in my post for you on purpose
#21
Just to correct you all its not really WPA2 its WPA -PSK (pre-shared key) which is the domestic version of WPA2, real WPA2 uses a radius server with dynamic certs etc.
#22
I would suggest using WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK.

After you get into the router config page use the following settings:

Security type: WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Security Option: Automatic
Encryption: Automatic
PSK Pass phrase: ***** use your password****
Group key update period: 0

Further details here. (TP LINK's user manual)

Good luck!
#23
Alfonse
Just to correct you all its not really WPA2 its WPA -PSK (pre-shared key) which is the domestic version of WPA2, real WPA2 uses a radius server with dynamic certs etc.


+1. Right!
#24
dontasciime
too late I took out my post I punched holes in my post for you on purpose


:)
#26
Ellen23
if i go on the WPA/wpa2 option i get the following
security option choice of automaitc wpa or wpa2 which should i choose?
next is encryption choice auto or tkip or aes
radius server ip 0.0.0.0.
radius password blank box
group key update period?
Help.

The alterntive for wep is
security option either automatic or open system or shared key
then wep key format choice of hexadecimal or asc11
then underneath key 1 is disabled but can change to 64 128 0r 152 bit ???

All confusing help thanks


Security Option: WPA2 & Encryption choice auto.
Leave the rest blank or at the default, you don't want to use any of them.
#27
EndlessWaves
Security Option: WPA2 & Encryption choice auto.
Leave the rest blank or at the default, you don't want to use any of them.


done that then get the message invalid ip address for radius server?
#28
nomeames
I would suggest using WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK.

After you get into the router config page use the following settings:

Security type: WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Security Option: Automatic
Encryption: Automatic
PSK Pass phrase: ***** use your password****
Group key update period: 0

Further details here. (TP LINK's user manual)

Good luck!


tried this n then my laptop wont connect at all? got the message the saved settings on this computer for the newtowk do not match the requiremtns of the network!!
#29
Did you try configuring using a wired connecgtion or wireless?
Would suggest using a wired connection to make configuration changes. Once that is done, you can go wireless.
#30
nomeames
Did you try configuring using a wired connecgtion or wireless?
Would suggest using a wired connection to make configuration changes. Once that is done, you can go wireless.

tried on both my wired computer & my laptop. made no difference.
#31
There might be a conflict somewhere with other settings. Unless someone here comes up with a specific solution, I would suggest doing a factory reset and start the configuration all over again over a wired connection. The Quick Installation guide (Page-7) is quite easy to follow and gives a pictorial step by step guide.
#32
nomeames
There might be a conflict somewhere with other settings. Unless someone here comes up with a specific solution, I would suggest doing a factory reset and start the configuration all over again over a wired connection. The Quick Installation guide (Page-7) is quite easy to follow and gives a pictorial step by step guide.


thanks for your help anyway .

Easy to follow thats what the guy in the shop said too. Suppose it is if youre knowledgeable about these things. I need someone to come here and do it for me!!
#34

can see this but whats it all about?
#35
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/2323/work1.th.png

Ellen23
can see this but whats it all about?


use the settings above eg use wep 64 bit until you can get someone to sort it out for you
#36
on any computer with wireless when you got to connect it will ask for wep key so enter fce2647380 or whatever you have entered into the router for wep key as in picture

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