Setting up SSID and Password
I have set up my network. The wired network is working. The wireless network
is also working but I have not setup SSID and/password to protect it from
It shows up unsecure. How can I setup yhe SSID and password to make it
secure. I use Linksys WRT54G wireless router.
Re: Setting up SSID and Password
> Joseph wrote:
>> I have set up my network. The wired network is working. The wireless
>> network is also working but I have not setup SSID and/password to
>> protect it from outsiders.
>> It shows up unsecure. How can I setup yhe SSID and password to make it
>> secure. I use Linksys WRT54G wireless router.
> Check here:
Those are good instructions, but a bit outdated as far as security is
concerned. If you have a recent model WRT54G *and* a relatively recent
wireless adapter in your computer, you should set the security
mode/encryption algorithm to WPA2-Personal and AES (steps 11 & 12). If
*all* of your equipment (router and computers) can't handle WPA2, try
WPA-Personal with AES.
Unless you have *very* old hardware, you should not have to use WEP. If
you think your hardware only supports WEP, you should update your hardware.
See the User Guide of your router (under the topic Wireless Security)
for more details.
Lem -- MS-MVP
Apollo 11 - 40 years ago this month:
Re: Setting up SSID and Password
Following Lem's advice.
If your model is old you can flash it with this free 3rd party firmware. The
result would be a Wireless Router that is better than most newer Router.
There instructions on this site concerning the setting as well.
As For Security.
From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
Switching Off SSID (same has No Security. SSID can be easily sniffed even if
it is Off)
MAC Filtering______(Band Aid if nothing else is available, MAC number can be
WEP64____(Easy, to "Break" by knowledgeable people).
WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
The three above are Not considered safe.
Safe Starts here at WPA.
WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Break).
WPA-AES__(Not functionally Breakable)
WPA2____ (Not functionally Breakable).
Note 1: WPA-AES the the current entry level rendition of WPA2.
Note 2: If you use WinXP bellow SP3 and did not updated it, you would have
to download the WPA2 patch from Microsoft.
The documentation of your Wireless devices (Wireless Router, and Wireless
Computer's Card) should state the type of security that is available with
your Wireless hardware.
All devices MUST be set to the same security level using the same pass
Therefore the security must be set according what ever is the best possible
of one of the Wireless devices.
I.e. even if most of your system might be capable to be configured to the
max. with WPA2, but one device is only capable to be configured to max . of
WEP, to whole system must be configured to WEP.
If you need more good security and one device (like a Wireless card that can
do WEP only) is holding better security for the whole Network, replace the
device with a better one.
Setting Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
The Core differences between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 -
"Joseph" <Joseph@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>I have set up my network. The wired network is working. The wireless
> is also working but I have not setup SSID and/password to protect it from
> It shows up unsecure. How can I setup yhe SSID and password to make it
> secure. I use Linksys WRT54G wireless router.
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