How to Setup Wireless Security

By Catherine Hewson

When it comes to having a wireless network at your home or business, having wireless security is essential. Having good wireless security can make your wireless network less susceptible to hackers and can make connecting to the network difficult for those who you do not want to have access. Regardless of your wireless router, configuring wireless security on your router merely requires going to the correct section of the administration control panel.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless router
  • Wireless card for PC
  • Broadband internet

Step 1

Type your router's administration control panel address into Internet Explorer. For Linksys/Cisco routers, the address is For D-Link and Netgear routers, the address is either or For other routers the address may be, or If none of these work for you, consult your router's user manual.

Step 2

Type in your user name and password for the administration control panel of your router, and click "OK." For Linksys/Cisco routers, the default user name is either left blank or is admin and the password is admin. For D-Link and Netgear routers the default user name is admin, and the password is either password or 1234. For other routers the user name is typically admin, and the password is either admin or password. Consult your router's user manual if none of these work for you.

Step 3

Click the "Wireless" tab within your router's administration control panel. This is the same no matter what router you are using.

Step 4

Click "Wireless Security."

Step 5

Select the "Security Mode." You can select either WPA or WPA2 Personal, WPA or WPA2 Enterprise or WEP. For home users, it is recommended to select WPA or WPA2 Personal as this is the most secure wireless connection type. For business users, WPA or WPA2 Enterprise is recommended.

Step 6

Select the shared key or password for your wireless security type. It is recommended that the password be at least eight characters in length with a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols. It is also recommended that the password is upper and lowercase.

Step 7

Leave the "Group Key Renewal" setting as the default. Click "Save Settings" to complete the process of setting up wireless security on your router. Any laptops and other devices that connect to your wireless network will need to enter the password you set in step six.