I have a simple network at home that consists of 2 desktops and a notebook. The desktops are connected to my D-link 624 router by the normal network cables, the notebook by a wireless connection, and it all works very satisfactorily.
All machines run Windows XP SP2 with the latest updates (the desktops have Home & the notebook has Pro).
I am wondering whether I can modify the network setup so that it is unsecured at home (I live in a very rural area with no neighbors close enough to worry about and we get our Internet access through a wireless transmission from our ISP’s tower a few miles away. I don’t want to slow down our Internet access any more than necessary and I understand that encryption will slow things down).
I would like the connection to be secured & encrypted, however, when I am away from home (e.g. airport, hotel).
The current wireless network connection is called “default” (because that is the name the initial setup program gave it, I guess).
I have looked at some of the information on this website (wow, what a resource!), but I haven’t found a direct, simple answer to my question.
Any help would be appreciated, TIA