How to Secure a Belkin Wireless Router
Wireless routers allow you to access the Internet and other networks from any connected computer in your home or office. If you have not secured your wireless router, though, freeloaders can take advantage of your Wi-Fi without your even knowing. Even worse than Internet grubbers, though, are identity thieves and hackers. They can easily access your computer and all your important files by gaining entrance through your wireless network. Secure your router before any damage is done.
Turn on a computer that is connected to the wireless router. Open the Internet browser and type in the IP address of the router, which would be in the user manual. The default IP address is "http://192.168.2.1." Press "Enter."
Click the "Login" link at the top left of the page. The "Login" screen will open. Leave this password field blank and click "Submit."
Click "Security" in the "Wireless" section of the task pane on the left of the screen. In the "Security Mode" drop-down menu, select "64 Bit WEP."
Type a password or phrase into the "Passphrase" box and click "Generate." A numeric key will be generated.
Write down the numbers listed after "Key 1," as users will be required to enter them to access the wireless network. Click the "Apply Changes" button to save the new security settings.
Tips & Warnings
- Other security measures, such as a firewall, will add protection to your network. If your Belkin router supports WPA encryption, choose that instead of WEP.