Setting the security for your Linksys router helps keep your wireless network safe from unauthorized access. These security options are built-in on your Linksys router to provide and maintain your network's security, then give you choices depending on what degree of security you want to use.
There are three (3) main options in setting up security measures for your network:
NOTE: There are different wireless security modes with varying standards and improved features. These may be available depending on the model of the router. In addition, a combination of two (2) or three (3) of the mentioned security measures may also be employed for maximum wireless network security.
To set up wireless security on the Linksys router, follow the instructions below:
For detailed instructions on setting up WEP, WPA or WPA2 wireless security on your router, click here.
NOTE: The WPA / WPA2 wireless security is highly recommended over WEP for a higher level of security. A WEP encryption is more susceptible to security breaches.
Enabling Wireless MAC Filter
Wireless access can be filtered using the Media Access Control (MAC) Address of the wireless devices transmitting within your network’s radius. You can either permit or prevent specific wireless computers access to your wireless network.
Disabling the SSID Broadcast is one way of securing your wireless network. This will prevent other users from detecting your router’s wireless network name (SSID) when they scan for available wireless networks in your area. For instructions, click here.
NOTE: If you disable the SSID Broadcast of your Linksys router, your wireless device will not be able to detect when it searches for available wireless networks. For instructions on how to connect to a wireless network with disabled SSID Broadcast, click here.
Wireless security checklist
Checking the Linksys Wi-Fi Router's name and Password
Checking the wireless network name and password
Guidelines in creating a wireless password or passphrase
Connecting wireless computers to your network
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