Many people who use wireless internet connections are unaware that unless one secures the network my customizing the administrative settings manually, the network remains open for exploitation and malware entry from outside. However, most people don’t realize that they can take care of this security on their own and don’t require professional help. There is a step by step easy process to secure the D-Link DI-524 wireless router, which by default remains unsecure when it is installed into a particular computer system.
STEPS TO SECURE YOUR NETWORK!
- The first step to securing your wireless network is to connection the router hardware to your computer with the help of a cable. If you don’t have a suitable network cable you can even establish the connection with a wireless medium.
- The next step involves changing the admin password which will require you to enter the admin page by typing a particular IP address which connects the router internally. This IP address is 192.168.0.1
- The admin page will provide you with a dialog box which will ask for your username and password. By default the username is “admin”. The password is indeterminate until the user changes it to create a new one through the administrative settings in the “Tools” tab on the admin page. After confirming the newly created password you must click “Apply” on the same page for the new password settings to start functioning.
- From here on whatever you do is to secure your wireless network connection.
STEPS TO PREVENT UNAUTHORIZED USAGE!
- In order to prevent unauthorized usage of the wireless network you must specify the IP addresses that are allowed connection via the router you are using. You must create as many IP addresses as the number of computers that will be connected with the router. Therefore, if there are two machines attached to it, then one IP address should be 192.168.0.101 and the other should be 192.168.101
- In order to secure every computer that uses the router for wireless networking abilities the ending IP addresses must be changed. This is done by typing “101” in the window that appears on the DHCP server page which can be reached via the “Home” tab on the administrative setup page.
- Once this is done you must name your wireless connection for it to be distinguished from any other network. This is also done via the “Home” tab by clicking on the SSID option on this page. To change security settings to a higher security you must choose the “WPA” option instead of the “WEP”. If you don’t have a choice to do so, stick to WEP.
- “AES” must be selected in the “Cypher Type” and “PSP” must be chosen beside “PSP/EAP”.
- The last step towards securing your wireless network connection is to create an extremely complex passphrase which is equivalent to a password. Note this passphrase down somewhere for future reference. Once you have used this passphrase to connect to your wireless network, you must click apply to ensure all your customized security settings are active. You are now ready to use your wireless network connection in a secure manner.
By following these steps you can ensure that your wireless network is secure from unauthorized usage.