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How do I configure my new laptop to work with my linksys wireless router and make sure it is encrypted? 

by on December 28, 2011

Q: I have a linksys wireless b router. I just got a new laptop. How do I reconfig router to allow new computer to be host and encrypt router.


Is there a Linksys driver or utility that will allow a Windows 98/ME machine to use WPA-Personal security? 

by on July 9, 2010

Q: Is there a Linksys Driver or utility that will allow a Windows 98/ME machine to use WPA-Personal security with one of its wireless PCI cards? Using a Linksys WRT54G router.


How do I connect my Wii to my encrypted wireless network? 

by on June 12, 2010

Q: My wireless is encrypted. I had to set up my printer by hooking it hardline to something and doing something now I am trying to set my Wii up and I forgot how to do it.


Using your HP C4380 on a secure wireless network 

by on July 7, 2009

Q: We have had a wireless router for awhile and we just decided to make the wireless network secure. Once we made the wireless network secure our wireless printer cannot be found anymore unless we plug the computer into it with the USB.

What do we have to do for the wireless printer to be recognized again? I am sure we made this happen after we secured the wireless. I printed out the HP Network Configuration page it says that the printer is offline and the status is disconnected. I have a laptop with Vista, HP C4380 wireless all in one printer, and a Linksys wireless router.

A: You need to setup the wireless network on your printer again and give it the password for your network. Since these steps are different for every printer we suggest you read the user manual for your HP C4380 printer.

Keep in mind that your printer only supports WEP and WPA wireless encryption. If you’ve setup the network for WPA2 then you will need to change it to WEP or WPA for the printer to connect to the wireless network.

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Are wireless connections really insecure and how do you see what others are doing? 

by on December 31, 2008

Q: You guys explained that wireless internet connections are not secure, but can anyone one actually see what someone else on another computer on the same household wireless connection is doing online on their computer? Obviously a lot of parents try to monitor their kids’ internet use. If wireless connections are so insecure why does anyone buy and install spyware? And why doesn’t anyone explain HOW you see what someone else is doing online in with a shared wireless Internet connection?


Securing A Linksys Wireless Networking Using WPA Encryption 

by on January 14, 2008

Q: How can I secure my wireless network using a Linksys router that I have already installed and configured with a computer that is running Windows XP?

A: Hello there. Internet security is of the highest concern to anyone on the Internet today. Internet security is particularly important if you are running a wireless network from your home or office. The risks are many including the ability for hackers to access your network or computer while your Internet connection is open. One of the best security measures is to disable your wireless network while you aren’t using it. Sounds simple, but many of us neglect this step. In addition to only having your wireless network up when you are using it, securing it with a password is another great security measure.

According to your question, you are using a Linksys wireless router controlled by a PC using Windows XP as the operating system. This is a pretty common setup. Since you have already installed the router and configured your network, it should be pretty easy to set a password for your wireless network.

To change your wireless network password, you will need to access your router’s configuration page. To do this, open Internet Explorer and enter the IP address that came with your router; it should be included in your router’s instruction manual. The address should look something like this: A prompt will probably appear asking for your User name and Password. If you did not change them when you originally configured your router, they should be User name, admin, Password, Admin.

Once the setup page opens, select Wireless, and then Wireless Security. Here, there are a few fields for you to fill in, most importantly, Passphrase; this is where you will set your network’s password. You will want to set the fields on this page as follows:

  • Security Mode: WPA-Personal
  • Encryption: TKIP
  • Passphrase: (Something easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess. It is best to use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.)
  • Key Renewal: 3600 seconds

Once you have set the fields as desired, write down your password and put it somewhere safe, and click Save Settings. Your network will now be protected with your new password.

Remember to turn off your router when you aren’t using your computer; it is the only 100% certain way of securing your network. Also, configuring a password for your wireless network will certainly deter those who will ill-use your network. I hope this information helps! Good luck!