Security On A D-Link DI-624 Wireless Router
A wireless system needs to be made secure if you want to prevent neighbours and war drivers from invading your system. Sufficient to say that the default setting is wide open. You must at least enable WEP security, don't broadcast the SSID, and for heavens sake change the SSID away from 'default'. It is a good idea to password protect the setup program and enable MAC address filtering.
A good security is WPA-PSK, which is a little more involved. Windows XP may not have this installed, nor is it on the CD. You have to download a patch from Microsoft, and it is not available through the normal windows update procedure. WPA-PSK may not work until you install this patch.
I recently took a short drive around parts of our city with laptop in hand. I was amazed how may unprotected open LANs there are available in almost any area. At times there were six to ten wireless networks available. Some even had the password broadcast, such as "default", "Linksys", etc. Granted there were some with proper security, but anyone could sign into a lot of them. So if you are one of those that has a wireless setup in you abode, for goodness sake, take the time to learn how to set it up the security. I am sure you don't want just anyone on your network.
|1) Open the D-Link config. program by entering the supplied i/p # into the address bar of your browser.|
2) Click the Wireless button on the left.
*Wireless radio should be on.
* SSID=Type a unique name for your network.
* Authentication : WPA-PSK
* Passphrase : Type a unique identifying phrase (like a long password)
* Confirmed Passphrase : Type it again.
|3) Click Apply.||
Your router will restart/reset.
That's it! Any computer that connects to your private LAN will require the same WPA-PSK checked and the same passphrase entered on the network config setup. This is accessable by clicking on the wireless connection icon in the system tray, or from network connections in the control panel.
By following the above steps you add additional security to your private LAN. The phrase changes automatically every few seconds, and any data transfered in either direction is encrypted. If your router is a different brand, the steps will be the same, although the buttons and check boxes may have slightly different names. You can also turn off the SSID or name of your LAN if you don't want it broadcast.