Found 6th Jan 2010
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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What make and model is it and what do you intend to connect to it ?.

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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.

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.

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.

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tonyg1962;7444796

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

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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?

Ellen23;7445057

ok model number tp link tlwr541g i can get into the page where u choose … 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.

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Crazy Jamie;7445079

WEP should only ask for a ten digit password, which might be the simplest … 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

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?

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morrk;7445337

Ideally you would want to choose WPA2 but your wireless network adapter … 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!!!!

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?)

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nomeames;7445472

Do you know what is your router version? There are multiple revisions of … 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

Use WEP as mentioned above not all things allow WPA/2 old ds's don't.

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dontasciime;7445575

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?

dontasciime;7445575

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.

Ellen23;7445452

so if i choose wpa2 what other boxes need to be marked underneth ie … 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.

dontasciime;7445733

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.

dontasciime;7445733

WEP is good enough no one is gonna sit outside for upto 6 hours :lol and … 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-826http://www.cdc.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/aircrack-ptw/WPA/2 is not infallible/ http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=826



Taken from blogs.zdnet.com/sec…826

The first problem with this report is that AirDefense lumped WPA-PSK in … 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.

morrk;7445698

Although correct, the OP would be better off using the best level of … 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 blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/…826
cdc.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/air…tw/

WPA/2 is not infallible/ blogs.zdnet.com/sec…826

Yeah The most secure method would be a better choice so yeah you are right but not if breaking support is required

too late I took out my post I punched holes in my post for you on purpose

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.

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!

Alfonse;7445821

Just to correct you all its not really WPA2 its WPA -PSK (pre-shared key) … 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!

dontasciime;7445808

too late I took out my post I punched holes in my post for you on purpose



Ellen23;7445221

if i go on the WPA/wpa2 option i get the followingsecurity option choice … if i go on the WPA/wpa2 option i get the followingsecurity option choice of automaitc wpa or wpa2 which should i choose?next is encryption choice auto or tkip or aesradius server ip 0.0.0.0.radius password blank boxgroup key update period? Help.The alterntive for wep issecurity option either automatic or open system or shared keythen wep key format choice of hexadecimal or asc11then 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.

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EndlessWaves;7446340

Security Option: WPA2 & Encryption choice auto.Leave the rest blank or at … 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?

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nomeames;7445842

I would suggest using WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK.After you get into the router … 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-PSKSecurity Option: AutomaticEncryption: AutomaticPSK Pass phrase: ***** use your password****Group key update period: 0Further 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!!

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.

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nomeames;7446876

Did you try configuring using a wired connecgtion or wireless? Would … 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.

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.

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nomeames;7447031

There might be a conflict somewhere with other settings. Unless someone … 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!!

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dontasciime;7447351

http://www.tp-link.com/simulator/TL-WR541G/userRpm/index.htm


can see this but whats it all about?

http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/2323/work1.th.png

Ellen23;7447504

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

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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