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How do I secure my wireless router?

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April 16, 2013 5:11:56 AM

I'm facing a huge router security trouble . When I pull up the web based config, it doesn't display anything, I see a few numbers but there's no tabs or anything to click. I can't see the administration tab or anything like that. Please help me guys,I think someone is leaching my internet to the point where I can't even do anything.

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April 16, 2013 5:18:16 AM

If you think your router's security is compromised, you need to reset your settings to the default ones, then immediately change the password. To reset the settings you can press a RESET tab for a few seconds or just unplug it from AC and leave it for a while; it depends on the router's make/model. Best thing would be to visit the webpage for support, they'll have a hard reset procedure.

After that, of course secure your router again (WPA/WPA2 or whatever security you need to have in place and is supported by your router). You'll need to pick a different key (as the old one might have been compromised) and update all the clients with that key.
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April 16, 2013 5:28:39 AM

jenyclark58 said:
I'm facing a huge router security trouble . When I pull up the web based config, it doesn't display anything, I see a few numbers but there's no tabs or anything to click. I can't see the administration tab or anything like that. Please help me guys,I think someone is leaching my internet to the point where I can't even do anything.


In addition to what house70 said, once you regain control of the router, you might also want to work with the distinct mac addresses of your pc's/cellphones/tablets and limit access on your router to only those mac addresses you enter in the router config.

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April 16, 2013 5:41:58 AM

^That's the proper way to make sure no one steals your signal...
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April 16, 2013 5:50:30 AM

Do you have any script blocking tools? Those will block your router until you exempt them. Some routers also let you adjust the output power. If yours does dial the power back so that its as low as you need to cover your devices. This way the neighbor on the other side of the wall has a harder time getting your signal. Change the login password. Enable encryption. Use mac address filtering. That should block just about everything.
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