Well I tried

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Ted, Jul 27, 2008.

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    Ted Guest

    I eventually had a go at setting up my wireless network but
    it turned out a complete failure and I wound up unplugging
    it all and going back to where I started from.

    I couldn't get an internet connection at all on the pc cable
    connected to the wireless router. On the laptop, I could
    pick up a few networks, one of which seemed to be mine as it
    was showing as unsecured whereas the others were showing as
    secured (plus other network stuff unrelated to me). I
    couldn't find any way of restricting the connection on my
    laptop to my wireless router nor could I find any way of
    securing the connection on the laptop - I clicked on just
    everything that seemed likely but no joy. A complete fiasco!

    Ted
     
    Ted, Jul 27, 2008
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    robert Guest

    First thing is to connect to your router via the cable, login as admin,
    change the password and give your network a name you can recognise but
    which doesnt reveal your name or address ie dont use "Brownatno10".

    You also need to get the internet connection via the router working for
    your pc or laptop via the network cable before trying the wireless.
     
    robert, Jul 27, 2008
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  3. Why is that? Will someone follow along the radio waves and rob your home?
    Will announcing the location of the AP make the network any more hackable?
    I read so much paranoid stuff like this that I wonder what is on the minds
    of those who spread it and so I am moved to ask.

    Tony
     
    Anthony R. Gold, Jul 27, 2008
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    robert Guest

    With reflection I am converted - but I do not feel comfortable embedding
    more personal details than necessary in email addresses and other
    transmitted information.

    However I would also suggest turning off the SSID broadcast.
     
    robert, Jul 28, 2008
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    John W. Guest

    At least change it from the default SSID that probably identifies the
    model of your router. That could be used to implement a device specific
    hack. Most manufacturers prohibit logging onto the router's management
    account via the radio to help prevent this but...

    Perhaps putting your address in the SSID would allow neighbours to help
    you set up security, if you are not able to find out the method :) (I
    wonder who "julie" is around here - I've used that open connection at
    the bottom of the garden rather than go back to switch mine on...)
     
    John W., Jul 28, 2008
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    Ric Guest

    Why would you want to put personally-identifiable info in given the
    choice?
    Sure, it probably won't hurt, but it definitely won't hurt if you
    don't.
    I can think of a couple of scenarios - people turning off routers when
    they're out or on holiday, for example, might give someone a clue you
    weren't at home. Sniffing ethernet traffic might reveal emails that
    did similar.
    Just call it something memorable but cryptic.

    To the OP: get it working with a cable first, then sort out the
    wireless.
    Find the IP address of your router by start..run..cmd and typing
    "ipconfig /all". note the gateway address numbers, and in internet
    explorer type in http://your.gateway.ip and hit enter. You should be
    asked to login to your router. Check the username/password settings
    and if you're not sure ring up your ISP whilst you're logged in and
    ask them.
    Once you've got a wired connection working, you can setup the
    wireless. Get it working without encryption and then turn on WPA and
    pick a password.

    Ric
     
    Ric, Jul 28, 2008
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    Ted Guest

    I made the various name changes but couldn't get an internet
    connection on the pc when the pc was connected to the
    wireless router by cable. However, I could get a wireless
    connection on the laptop (a few networks!) but I couldn't
    get the connection secured.

    Ted
     
    Ted, Jul 29, 2008
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    Clint Sharp Guest

    It announces that you have a PC or laptop which makes your home worth a
    punt, after all the scrotes use mobile phones to hunt bluetooth enabled
    sat nav and other electronics in car parks. Plenty of WiFi enabled
    mobiles kicking around now so it's just a matter of time if it's not
    happening already.
    Unlikely if it's been configured properly.
    It's easy, having family in the police force and knowing (reformed I
    might add) people who's prior occupations involved relieving people of
    their possessions, makes you realise that little tips like that are
    worth knowing because it's so simple to fix (if you were daft enough)
     
    Clint Sharp, Jul 29, 2008
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