enable encryption to wireless router

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Georgiy, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. Georgiy

    Georgiy Guest

    I used DI-514 router for internet connection to two my computers via cable.
    I never used encryption for wireless part. Now I want to. So I followed all
    the suggestions of setup wizard and everything was alright till the last
    pace came. After the wizard's suggestion "Click Restart" that I complied the
    computer stoped to respond.
    Windows XP SP3 Home is installed on computer.
    Georgiy, Jan 16, 2010
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  2. Georgiy

    Lem Guest

    You didn't say what "wizard" you used.

    You don't need to use a wizard to configure wireless security and in
    fact many (most?) home routers, including your old DI-514, are not
    compatible with the XP Wireless Network Setup wizard.

    Assuming that you haven't messed up your computer and your existing
    (wired) network, what you need to do is access the router's
    configuration utility and configure wireless security.

    Please note that your DI-514 is a wireless-B only router (limited to a
    *maximum* bit rate of 11 Mbps (throughput approx 5 Mbps) and more
    importantly, only capable of WEP wireless encryption. WEP encryption is
    very easily defeated using tools readily available to anyone on the
    Internet. For these reasons, you would be much better off if you
    replaced your DI-514 with a newer router capable of WPA2 encryption
    (assuming, of course, that the wireless adapter on your computer(s) are
    capable of WPA2).

    To configure encryption on the DI-514, access the router's web
    configuration utility. If you have not changed any of the router's
    defaults, open a web browser on a computer connected to the router with
    an Ethernet cable and enter in the address bar of your
    browser. When the login screen appears, enter admin (lower case) as the
    user name and leave the password blank.

    Click the Wireless button. Change the SSID to something unique other
    than your last name or address. Enable WEP. Select 128 bit. Enter
    key1, in either Hex or ASCII. If you use Hex, the key should be exactly
    26 Hex digits (0-9,A-F); if you use ASCII, it should be exactly 13
    alphameric characters. Write it down carefully. Click apply.

    On your wireless computer (if it is the same computer that you used to
    configure the router, disconnect the Ethernet cable), click the icon for
    your wireless connection in the notification area and select view
    available wireless networks. Select your SSID and click connect. Enter
    the key that you wrote down. Repeat this process on the second computer.
    Lem, Jan 16, 2010
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  3. Georgiy

    Georgiy Guest

    Thank you for prompt and understandable answer but the problem is that it is
    the way I tried to install the encryption earlier. After I made all the
    prescribed procedures and clicked Apply the connection to Internet was lost
    (that I think is OK) and computer did not see this network at all though it
    saw other networks around. So the problem was not solved.
    Georgiy, Jan 16, 2010
  4. Georgiy

    Lem Guest

    If you were connected to your router wirelessly (instead of using an
    Ethernet cable) when you made the change to the encryption settings, as
    soon as you clicked "Apply" your connection to the router would have
    been lost.

    Are you saying that now when you "View available wireless networks" you
    see other wireless networks but not your own? Have you made any other
    changes to your router's configuration (such as disabling SSID broadcast)?

    Try the following:
    turn off router and computer
    turn on router; wait 2 or 3 minutes; turn on computer.
    Now go to the View Available Wireless Networks screen. Is your network
    Lem, Jan 16, 2010
  5. Hi
    If lem's advice did not work.
    Connect the Computer to the Router with a wire and reconfigure the Wireless
    without encryption.
    Why ( http://www.ezlan.net/faq.html#onewire ).
    Log to the Computer's Wireless setting and clean the preferred list.
    At this point you should be able to connect wirelessly without encryption.
    If it works Ok, log again to the Router and enter a security code.
    Copy from the Router the actual Hex string of the code, and paste it into
    the computer's Wireless setting.
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).
    Jack [MVP-Networking], Jan 17, 2010
  6. Georgiy

    Georgiy Guest

    I am very sorry I have no time till now to answer to your messages. Let me
    answer in order.
    To Lem:
    Yes on the first question. No on the second.
    Yes. But with no encription as earlier!

    To Jack:
    I am not sure I understood You rightly. After my unlucky attempt to make
    encryption for Wireless connection why and what I have to reconfigure? It is
    already and again without encryption.

    Agree. That is the way I did before my attempt to install encryption.

    OK. But why I had to make that long procedure that was for example described
    in the first Lem's message to install that damned encryption and not that
    simple and short you suggested above?
    Georgiy, Jan 23, 2010
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