- Set the wireless router IP address. e.g.: 192.168.1.10
- Set the subnet mask. e.g.: 255.255.255.0
- Enable wireless. This enables the wireless communication between laptop and wireless router.
- SSID is the unique name for your wireless network. The default SSID is linksys. To make your wireless network more secure change this SSID. e.g.: mynetwork
- SSID broadcast must be disabled to make your wireless network more secure.
- Make the WEP mandatory to make your wireless network more secure.
- Set the WEP Key Setting.
To make your wireless network more secure create a 128 bit WEP key. Write down the key, you will later need it when configuring your wireless adapter on your PC or laptop.
- WAN Connection Type is set to "Obtain an IP address automatically" because the ADSL modem DHCP is enabled (automatic).
||The wireless router has a default password: "admin". To make your wireless network more secure change this password.
||Displays the routers current status and settings.
||Enable DHCP, otherwise you have to assign IP address manually.
||If you are interested in the access logs you might consider enabling this.
||If you have children and you are using AOL client software, you might consider enabling this.
||If you need help manuals or want to upgrade the firmware.
|Advanced | Filters
||If you want to prevent certain PCs or laptops on your network from accessing your internet connection you can set it here.
|Advanced | Forwarding
|Advanced | Dynamic Routing
|Advanced | Static Routing
|Advanced | DMZ Host
|Advanced | MAC Addr. Clone
||The wireless router has a MAC address. You can "change" the MAC address here.
|Advanced | Wireless
- Station MAC filter is enabled.
This means that only specific network adapters (= network cards) with its unique MAC address can "communicate" with the wireless router. This is an extra security measure to make sure that only specific hardware can communicate with the wireless router.
To determine a network card MAC address, type in a dos window:
- Change Authentication Type to Shared Key.
- Open systems Authentication
Permits any client to use the Wireless Access Point (WAP) as long as they know the SSID.
- Shared-key authentication
Uses the WEP key as a shared-key to be exchanged between the client and the WAP as a simple form of authentication. WEP must be enabled to use shared-key authentication.
Permits either or these methods to work.