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February 20, 2013, 8:52 pm
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router modem Model Aciontec M1424-WR Rev D with its specified WEP key
wirelessly connected with two of my desktops instead of being cat5
connected as before.
The two Linksys WRT54G wireless PCI cards I am now using in those two
desktops are working just fine. Since I was looking for more security
in this area, I added a password security, and that is working just
However, I have a rather new Toshiba laptop that was set up under the
old WEP key security that is connecting, and I don't think it should.
I thought when I fired up the laptop, and tried web access, the laptop
would not find the router because the laptop had not yet been set up
with the password - just the old WEP key.
Anyone have any idea why the Toshiba is not asking for a password?
This is important because I figure if the Toshiba is ignoring the
password requirement, then what good is it to have a password? My
whole reason for going this route was to block outsiders from
accessing my web access unless I wanted them to. Am I wasting my time
trying to get secure?
Re: Laptop Wireless Network Problem
"I added a password security" is a little vague. Have you:
1) Added a password to the router's configuration console, or
2) Changed the wireless network security settings
If your answer the the question above is #1, than I'm not surprised your
laptop can still connect to the router with the existing WEP settings.
The password in the case, is just for access to the router's
settings--not to the network and internet being served by the router.
Some ways you can make your router more secure:
1) Change or add a password to the configuration console.
2) Use the strongest possible wireless encryption scheme--probably
WPA2-Personal in your case.
3) Do not broadcast your SSID.
4) Use a MAC address filter which will only allow known machines to
access your router. (Or, at the very least, would require an intruder
to spoof one of those MAC addresses.)
5) Ditch the wireless, and wire everything up.