October 11th, 2009, 11:32 PM #1
Random Tech Question
I have a roommate that won't go in halfers on the internet bill. Nonetheless, I think he's using my signal.
I'm am also pretty sure, at one time, he was able to write down the WEP key under the wireless modem.
Anyway, does anyone here know how to password protect your wireless signal? I want to make sure its just me using my wireless.
October 11th, 2009, 11:45 PM #2
Sounds like you're using an AT&T 2Wire wireless router (unless other companies routinely put their WEP key on the bottom of it.)
Originally Posted by DLEOS91745
I would suggest changing the WEP Key and/or adding MAC address filtering. Both of these can be found under the "Home Network" tab and clicking on "Wireless Settings" (if in fact you're using the AT&T router.)
October 12th, 2009, 09:45 AM #3
No matter what router you have, you should be able to get into the router setup by typinf 192.168.0.1 in any browser. It may prompt for a password to access the setup area, but if you never set a password, consult the routers manual for the default password. Most of the times the password is, in fact, "default". From the setup, you should be able to navigate to a page that allows you to customize your WEP or WPA key. Hope this helps!
October 12th, 2009, 10:46 AM #4
If the Wireless modem allows you to use WPA2 you are better off using this security algorithm than WEP, as WEP can be cracked fairly easily. plus WPA also needs a passphrase to access it.
October 12th, 2009, 01:42 PM #5
most routers I encounter actually use 192.168.1.1
Originally Posted by Thirteen-Ten
either way, what Thirteen-Ten Said. Lock your roomie out.
October 12th, 2009, 01:42 PM #6
+1 for WPA2.
Oh, and get rid of that cheap, untrustworthy SOB.
October 12th, 2009, 05:25 PM #7
Thanks, guys. Will try it when I get home.
October 13th, 2009, 01:07 AM #8
I had the same problem a while back, (AT&T), and I changed my modem settings so that the PPOE login had to occur at the router (separate router and modem), then I used MAC filtering to make sure that only my own computers can access the network, and then used WPA2 to protect the network.
I've since let my lazy roommate use the wireless network, but kept all the security in place by just adding his computer to the MAC filter. Just remember, if you are adding a mac filter, both your wireless and your ethernet connection have two separate MAC addresses, as does your phone (if it accesses the wireless network at home), and any wireless computers that are on the network.