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I'm having a bunch of trouble trying to encrypt our wireless signal. My girlfriend and I just moved in to a new apartment and I want to encrypt our signal, obviously. We have a Linksys wireless router (BEFW11S4 V4.0). Can you explain this to me or point me in the direction of a good online source how to secure this signal. My girlfriend lost her old encryption key when she had a friend do it for her, so i had to hold down the reset button on the back of the router to reset it completely. Thanks
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the encryption is set within the router setup

you need to get access to the router through a wired connection and it will be right there under "wireless settings"
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Here is a link to a site that gives you step by step directions on how to setup the encrytion for the router. Its always a good thing to do so you dont have your network exposed to everyone to take your bandwidth, browse your files, etc. http://support.earthlink.net/mu/1/ps.../9186.psc.html
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Thanks JoeKD and biniecki, I'm all encrypted now and its working great. Just one more question for you guys. How can I stop the Internet connection from dropping everytime it finds another SSID? Our neighbour in the apartment next to us has wireless and I'm constantly being asked by windows to view other wireless connections and in turn it drops mine.....
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Put your wireless connection into the preferred networks in the network connection settings. Here is a link on how to go about doing that on Windows XP. If you are not using XP let me know what OS you are using and I'll get instructions for it. http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d...configure.mspx
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Bump.... this is driving me mad. Can't stay on DI.net with haveing to re-connect with my wireless connection every 2 or 4 minutes.....
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Right.. and as far as the router goes.. you can allow people on certain mac addresses only onto the router, which woudl be semi ideal to disallow others onto the network.
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Bump.... this is driving me mad. Can't stay on DI.net with haveing to re-connect with my wireless connection every 2 or 4 minutes.....
A lot of people are complain about the connection stability of this router. It's the model I'm using right now and in my research, a lot of people are finding that this router drops connections like mad.

Also, could you do me a small favour? Could you look at the power supply for your wireless router, and let me know what the output power is? I was told 12V 1A, but I would like to confirm with somebody that I know has the same router. I appreciate any help you can give.
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when the box comes up telling you it found another signal, go to the bottom of the box and make yours default or preferred or w/e. srry, it's been a while,. and my router isnt working because I lost the power source. lol srry!
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A lot of people are complain about the connection stability of this router. It's the model I'm using right now and in my research, a lot of people are finding that this router drops connections like mad.

Also, could you do me a small favour? Could you look at the power supply for your wireless router, and let me know what the output power is? I was told 12V 1A, but I would like to confirm with somebody that I know has the same router. I appreciate any help you can give.
According to my router, the output power supply is 12V 1000mA.

In addition, I seemed to fix the problem with the router constantly dropping the signal. First, I placed the router and modem as far from eachother as possible. Second, I unchecked (cleared) "Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network." I'm not sure exactly what this second fix did, but it completely helped the problem. Good luck!
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Is your router the V4 model?
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[QUOTE=Stock04Intrepid]A lot of people are complain about the connection stability of this router. QUOTE]

I have this model Router too and it has been working fine without problems for 1.5 years now.

I would suggest for wireless in an apartment that you have Encryption enabled with 64-128 bit encryption. uncheck 802.1x authentication on the available wireless networks page. Run a MAC filter with all the PCs that are supposed to be using the wireless on the list. Set DHCP to only send out the necessary addresses (Have 3 computers, only have 3 clients). Make sure no one else is running on the same wireless channel. And you can set the router to not broadcast the SSID. The router should have a help page built in to help you in the setup process.
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I unchecked (cleared) "Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network." !
If im not mistaken i think that has to do with the encryption login. If this option is unchecked anyone is able to get onto your connection. This option forces anyone that wants access to you connection to enter a password. Without the password they cant get connected.
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