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how to Secure your linksys router wrt54g ?

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Why Should you Secure your linksys router 

wrt54g ?

The big issue with wireless networks is security.Linksys is one of the most popular manufacturers of wireless routers.With many people using Linksys WRT54G at home, it becomes more important to secure the connection to the router form a computer.so just about any hacker who tries to access your router's web interface wirelessly will either already know or be able to guess the default password or anyone with a wireless network card within a few hundred feet of your router can connect to your router. To prevent this from happening, it is important to Secure your Linksys WRT54G
How To Secure your linksys router wrt54g

How to Secure your linksys router wrt54g ?

To Secure your linksys router wrt54g Wireless-G router, use the following steps:

  • Connect your computer to the linksys wrt54g using a network cable, or you can connect through a wireless connection. Note that your wireless card in your computer must be enabled.
Secure linksys router wrt54g

  •  Open your Internet browser and enter your IP adress in the address bar: (http://192.168.1.1. is the default ip for Linksys WRT54G, If it doesn't work you may need to reset your Router! then please read How to reset your linksys Wrt54g
How To Secure your linksys router wrt54g

  •  To login, By default the password is admin and leave the the user ID field blank.


Secure your linksys router wrt54g-Change the default password

  • After logging in, i recommend that you change the default password by clicking on the Administration tab then Management. Type in a new secure password into both boxes.and save the new password, by clicking Save Settings at the bottom of the page
 linksys wrt54g change the default password


Secure your linksys router wrt54g-Change the Maximum Number of DHCP Users.

  •  now You should now see the “Basic Setup” in your browser. Scroll down the page until you see “Maximum Number of DHCP Users”. *This option will assign a specific number of IP address to computers. If more than this number of computers tries to connect to your Linksys WRT54G routers , they will not be able to.By default, many different computers (default 50) can connect to your router. We will limit the number of computers that can connect to just those computers that you use.
 Basic Setup linksys wrt54g


  •  So you should Count the number of computers that will connect to your Linksys WRT54G , and type the number it into the “Maximum Number of DHCP Users textbox”.
    Maximum Number of DHCP Users textbox
  • click “Save Settings”.andclick “Continue” to return to the Web page. 
  • If you are prompted to login again, then enter you new password in the password field.
  • Navigate back to the “Management” Web page by clicking the “Administrative” option in the menu.

Secure your linksys router wrt54g-encrypt your connection.

  • When you connect to your router , you are doing so over an unsecured connection. To secure your Linksys WRT54G you should now encrypt your connection to your router setup from your computer , click the HTTPS checkbox next to the Access Server option. 
Access Server  linksys wrt54g

  • click “Save Settings” then “Continue” to return to the Web page.                                        * you need to specify that in the address when you connect to the router setup.Since you have changed your connection to HTTPS.
  •  In your browser, change the address from http://192.168.1.1. to: https://192.168.1.1.
  • Login with your password and then click the Wireless menu option.

Secure your linksys router wrt54g using WPA and WEP

  • Click the Wireless Security sub-menu option at the top of the page. This is where we will provide the most important security setting.
Wireless Security linksys wrt54g

  • Next to Security Mode, select WPA Personal from the drop-down list.(If you have trouble connecting to your linksys wrt54g connection, you can try selecting “WEP”, but your connection will be much less secure)
 WPA Personal

  • Next to WPA Algorithm, select AES. If you have trouble connecting to your wireless router, select TKIP.
WPA Algorithm

  • Specify a long WPA Shared Key with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation.you must get very creative.
WPA Shared Key


Make sure you write down this key somewhere, You will need this information when you connect to your linksys Wrt54g.
Click the Save Settings button .

Another tips to Secure your linksys router wrt54g .

There is one easy security tips is to disable your Linksys WRT54Gfrom broadcasting your network name, or SSID. Computers can still access your network, but they'll need to know the network name - it won't appear automatically when they search for wireless networks. To disable it, click the Wireless tab and then next to Wireless SSID Broadcast, choose Disable. Then Click “Save Settings” .
Wireless SSID Broadcast

Secure your linksys router wrt54g-change the SSID.
You can change the SSID also from this screen. By default, your router sets the network name as "linksys," but you can change it to anything you want -. Beside the “Wireless Network Name (SSID)” option, type in a name for you network connection and click Save Settings. At this point you have Secure your linksys router wrt54g , so all you need to do is connect to your router from your computer. When prompted, enter your WPA Shared Key exactly as you specified it in the router.
Wireless Network Name (SSID)

If you don't understand feel free to ask , I will make a video that explain this in another post.Video:How To Secure your linksys router wrt54g.
 
 
   
   

14 التعليقات:

Eva Smith said...

THANK YOU for this guide! ... I'm really impressed and appreciate the work you do .. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.

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ishiel aninon said...

I have a problem in the Wireless Security part, Why it won't change to WPA or WEP? it keeps on getting back to the DISABLED. Please Help me.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! My router was accidentally reset and this guide helped me to re-secure my network.

Vikram Chauhan said...

Thanks, your step by step info was good, i liked it. Now i know how to secure linksys router wrt54g.

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Anonymous said...

Excellent guidance. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the username would be for the router? Is it the network name? As soon as I changed from http to https I have been unable to access my admin settings. It wants to know my username and password... I have my password written down but no idea what the username could be. Now I'm stuck with an unsecured network.

Anonymous said...

Very helpful setup....walks you through entire way!!!

Anonymous said...

I have tried the instructions above and left the user name blank with the admin password but it just flashes back and asks for the same information again. Please Help!

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I'll print out this information for reference if needed. Nice job.

Anonymous said...

Easy instructions to follow! I am printing this out for future reference, GREAT job and Mahalo!

Linksys WRT54G manual said...

Thanks you for this good walkthrough. I have managed to get a workaround for my linksys router

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Anonymous said...

the best article summarizing how to secure your home network that I've seen, thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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