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Setting-Up Wireless Security on a Linksys ADSL Gateway

Securing your wireless network is simple.  This can be done by:

i.  Enabling WEP on the ADSL Gateway
ii.  Enabling WPA on the ADSL Gateway
iii.  Enabling Wireless MAC Filter on the ADSL Gateway
iv.  Disabling SSID Broadcast on the ADSL Gateway

Enabling WEP on the ADSL Gateway   

The Wired Equivalent Protocol (WEP) is a type of wireless security which does not change. It provides comparable confidentiality to a traditional wired network. There are two types of WEP: 

  • WEP 64-bit: This type of WEP consists of 10-hexadecimal codes. To enable WEP 64-bit, click  here.
  • WEP 128-bit: This type of WEP consists of 26-hexadecimal codes hence it is more secured compared to WEP 64-bit. To enable WEP 128-bit, click  here.  

Enabling WPA on the ADSL Gateway   

The Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a type of wireless security which changes depending on the time renewal you will specify, making it more secured to use compared to WEP 

  • Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (WPA-TKIP) – uses a stronger encryption method and incorporates Message Integrity Code (MIC) to provide protection against hackers.
  • Advanced Encryption System (WPA-AES) – uses a symmetric 128-bit block data encryption.  

To enable WPA, click  here

Enabling Wireless MAC Filter on the ADSL Gateway   

Wireless access can be filtered using the MAC addresses of the wireless devices within your network’s range.  You can either permit or prevent specific wireless computers access to your wireless network. 

To permit wireless computers to connect to your wireless network, click  here.
To prevent wireless computers to connect to your wireless network, click  here.  

Disabling SSID Broadcast on the ADSL Gateway  

Disabling the SSID broadcast is another way of securing your wireless network. This procedure will prevent other users from seeing your SSID, or your wireless network name, when they attempt to view available wireless networks in your area in order to connect.  For instructions, click  here.

 

 

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