How to Set Up a Wireless Network Password

Wireless networks should always be protected with a strong password or key. You do not want someone surfing illegal sites on your network or trying to hack into your computer. Setting up a protected wireless network is easy, so there's no excuse not to add that extra layer of protection to your home or small office wireless network.

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Secure your wireless network with a password.

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Get your wireless router's IP address. This should be included with your router's paperwork.

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Open up your web browser, type in your router's address and click "Enter."

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Use the default user name and password that came with your wireless router (unless you have changed this in the past) to log in to your wireless router set-up page.

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Click on the "Wireless" tab and then click on "Wireless Security." Enter a network name for your network. Enter (twice) the password for your network. Click "Generate" or "Save" to save your settings.

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Write down your network name and password and keep it in a secure place just in case your forget it.

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Test your wireless network. Fire up your computer and right-click on the wireless icon located on the bottom right-hand corner of your taskbar. Click "View Available Wireless Networks."

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Locate your network and confirm that it is a "Security Enable Wireless Network."

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Click on the network to bring up a wireless connection prompt. Type in the password you've generated. Confirm your password. That's it; you'll be connected each and every time you start up your computer.