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Just a simple girl, setting up a simple network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by GinnyThePainter, Sep 26, 2008.

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  1. GinnyThePainter

    GinnyThePainter Thread Starter

    Sep 26, 2008
    ...but everytime I try to encrypt, I'm unable to access the internet.

    Just set up a network in my parents' vacation home (they're here about half the time) and here are the specs:

    Two desktops: Dell 4550, Dell 4600 (both about 4 years old) running XP
    Router: Linksys WRT54g2
    Modem: Motorola Surfboard 5101
    Adapter 1: Compact USB Linksys WUSB100
    Adapter 2: WMP54gx

    Spent lots of time calling Bangalore yesterday (Linksys tech help) and was able set up WEP security, but it left me unable to access the internet. I've had to reset the modem twice now and go back to an unsecured network.

    Any ideas about why this is happening?

    Is there another way to encrypt, perhaps using software or freeware?

    Is a bad idea for my parents to turn off the modem/router when they leave town? (It will solve the problem part of the time, but i'd prefer to have a secured network.)

    Edited to add: I brought my laptop with me and have been using that to set up the network using a wired connection.
  2. wldake


    Sep 26, 2008
    Did you enable MAC filtering when you set up WEP?

    If you did you will need to add the MAC for each wireless NIC into the MAC table on the router.
  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Unless you are trying to configure the router using a wireless connection you need not reset the router (to factory defaults) to disable encryption.

    It's better to use WPA-PSK encryption, since it's actually secure and usually easier to get working. Use a passphrase of 8+ upper and lower case letters and numbers mixed (no dictionary words).

    If you have to use WEP, use a HEX key, not an ascii passcode.

    If you are foolish or brave enough to configure the wireless using a wireless connection, need I mention that you will lose connection, and have to reconnect, as soon as you make most changes?

    It's inconvenient if somebody is going to use them again the same day. Otherwise, I can think of no downside. Saves energy, modem will last longer, router will last longer, nobody can use the wireless, ... .
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