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Wireless Router Taken Over?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by pbartell, Jul 19, 2007.

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  1. pbartell

    pbartell Thread Starter

    Aug 20, 2002
    I am a guest at a friend's house and have been using his wireless router to access the internet through his cable modem service.

    The router is a NETGEAR MR814v2.

    He never has set up any sort of firewalling or protection on it. I have been using it regularly for several days. Yesterday, it first had trouble connecting through it. Tried all the usual stuff, turning the unit on and off... and same for the network adapter... restarted my computer.

    My friend came home today and looked at the problem. Turns out the wireless router now is "security enabled". I didn't do it and he says he never did it.

    Is there a way to get the unit back to having open access so that he can set HIS OWN password on it.?

    Unrelated: The other interesting thing I see is that the signal strength I see from my laptop is 1 bar, from his laptop is 4 bars... and neither of us is further away than 10 feet.

    Would appreciate your thoughts on this.

    Many Thanks!

  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    You need to access the router's web based setup and configure the wireless section. If you can't gain access, reset the router to factory defaults by holding the reset button for 15 seconds with power on. Then connect a WIRED computer to it and use the address in the address bar of IE to access the web based setup.
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