HOW TO SET UP NETWORKING TO BE SECURE
Posted 15 May 2009 - 12:33 PM
Posted 16 May 2009 - 04:52 AM
[EDIT] By the way, if you lock yourself out of the router via wireless, you can always connect to it with an Ethernet cable (i.e. wired) and disable the security. [/EDIT]
I assume the Netgear page you were talking about was this one -- Configuring Wireless Security (WEP/WPA/Access list)? Those instructions are good, however the only section that you are interested in is Configuring WPA-PSK Encryption. Ignore the sections in regards to WEP and Access Control Lists.
When you are at the Wireless Settings screen, follow the options they specify. Your passphrase can be anything, for example geeks to go is a valid passphrase. Type anything you like, however you will need to remember it (i.e. write it down!) as you'll have to type it into all of your computers.
Once you have done that, click the Apply button. You will then need to Configure WPA-PSK on Windows XP (go to that specific section on the page) and follow the instructions. Where it says Network key type in your passphrase that you saved on your router.
If there's anything that you don't understand / isn't clear, please let us know and we'll attempt to clear things up for you.
Edited by Dan, 16 May 2009 - 04:53 AM.
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