How to Secure My WiFi Connection

Wi-Fi connections can be open or secured. When the wireless connection is open, it does not require a password or WEP key to connect. Any computer or device within range of the wireless signal is capable of connecting to the wireless network. Secure Wi-Fi connections use an encryption type, such as WEP or WPA, to password protect the network from those who do not know the password. You can secure your Wi-Fi connection by enabling an encryption type and setting a wireless password.

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Open a Web browser, and type the router's IP address into the address bar, then press "Enter." For example, enter "192.168.1.1." Refer to the router's user manual for details.

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Enter the router's user name and password, then press "Enter." Common combinations are a blank user name and "admin" for the password, and "admin" for the user name and "password" for the password. Refer to the router's user manual for details.

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Click the "Wireless" link. Some routers have a "Security" sub-link.

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Click "WPAv2" if available, otherwise click "WPA."

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Type a password to use to secure the Wi-Fi connection, then click "Save" or "Apply." Any currently connected wireless clients must disconnect, then reconnect using the new password.