I have a cable modem which I have connected to a Netgear WGR614v5 wireless router. The original idea was to be able to run one computer plugged into the wireless router by ethernet cord, and a second computer connected through a Netgear wireless adapter.
After a great deal of hassle with the Netgear support desk, the connection was finally made, but the wireless adapter quit working after a couple of months, never to rise again, so I finally just gave up, and connected both computers directly to the wireless router by ethernet cords.
A few months ago, I purchased a new HP laptop that gets great wi-fi reception, evidently from my Netgear wireless router clear at the other end of the house. Now I am hearing that I should immediately activate WAP to protect my computer(s). I hear something called WEP, which isn't any good, WAP being much better.
Now, I know a little bit about computers, but this wireless stuff is over my head. What is this WAP? How do I activate it? Is it something I do to the computer? To the router? Is the router I mentioned (Netgear WGR614v5) capable of whatever, or do I need a newer one? Also, since my 2 main computers are connected by ethernet cords to my wireless router, are they safe from the infamous wi-fi desperados or do THEY need to be WAPPED?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Everything I have found on the net emphasizes my need for WAP, but not how to actually GET it!