Securing your wireless network is critical. Operating an open wireless network allows anyone with a wireless-enabled computer or device to use your Internet connection without your knowledge or permission. This could potentially lead to incremental data allowance costs or worse. If the person engages in illegal activity, you could be held accountable.
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ALWAYS assign a unique name and strong password to your wireless network. You should never use the default settings provided by the manufacturer.
ALWAYS require a wireless security key to access your Internet connection. There are currently 2 main types of encryption: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2) and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). WEP is an older encryption process and is not considered as secure as WPA or WPA2. If you use WEP, it is safest if you use 128-bit WEP keys. WPA, a newer encryption method, is designed to be more secure than WEP, and WPA2 is considered the most secure. However, older equipment might not support WPA or WPA2, and in those cases, you must use WEP instead.
ALWAYS create a strong wireless security key to keep your wireless network safe. Make it long. For WEP encryption, use a combination of numbers (0 through 9) and letters (A through F). including a combination of upper and lower case letters. Your wireless security key should be 10 characters for 40/64-bit encryption and 26 characters for 104/128-bit encryption. WPA security keys can be 8 to 63 characters (0 through 9 and A through Z). Don't setup a security key that could be easily determined by people who know you and avoid sequences, repeated characters or parts of your name, birthday, social security number or similar information. There are commercial programs that can help you generate strong wireless security keys.
That's it. Your wireless network should now be setup. If you are still having trouble, contact us. We're here to help!