How to Secure My WiFi Connection

By Jedadiah Casey

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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.