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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2003 1:11 pm    Post subject: Need help with Wired/Wireless Router Hook-up Reply with quote Back to top

I have a desktop pc hooked up to a Wired Netgear Router (RP614 that I purchased from Vonage) which is hooked up my cable modem and ATA. I purchased a Netgear Wireless Router/Access Point (WGR614) and Wireless PC Card for my son's laptop. Now I'm confused about what to do next.

Do I hook up the Wireless Router to the Wired one to act as an Access Point for the laptop? The instrutions that came with it tell you to hook up your ethernet cable to the Wireless Router and actually doesn't provide any wireless instructions.

Does this mean that I can use the Wireless Router for both the wired connection to the desktop and ATA as well as the wireless connection to the laptop and do away with the Wired Router altogether? Are there any advantages/disadvantages to doing it any particular way?

I hope I didn't confuse anyone. Very Happy Because I'm confused! Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2003 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You no longer need the wired router. Having both would be redundant. You can use the wireless router for both your current wired connection to your PC and any additional wireless connections.

After you set things up, take a minute to read the wireless router's manual and set up some kind of encryption on your router. You don't wany anybody with a wireless card to come along and steal your connection.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I know this question is going to show my ignorance of this kind of stuff (so don't laugh) but does ZoneAlarm count as the protection that you recommended? Embarassed I hooked everything up and it works great!!! Now, I'm scared to mess with it and ruin the connection since I don't really know what I'm doing. Lol

Also, I live in a more rural/suburban type town where the houses are pretty spread out. Do I need to worry about anyone stealing my connection?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2003 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Not knowing how long the doctor will be out, may I step in?

ZoneAlarm is a PC firewall, whereas he was talking about encrypting your wireless signal (between the wireless router and the PCs). This serves two purposes - it keeps others from accessing your network through an open connection, and from monitoring your data as it passes between the router and PC.

The encryption settings (WEP - Wireless Encryption Protocol) are part of your wireless router setup. Routers usually are set up by means of an internal web page - the same place you told it to accept static or dynamic IP, whether or not to activate DHCP, where you forward ports, etc. From what (little) I've seen, you usually have a choice between 64-bit encryption or 128-bit encryption. You'll need to enter multiple characters to set the encryption key (here's a trick - you're limited to the numbers between 0-9 and the letters A-F - HEXidecimal "numbers"), and then you'll need to set your PC's wireless adapter to the same key.

If you really feel adventurous, you can set the router to MAC address control for access - where it will only accept the wireless signal from your specific PC wireless adapter.

That should be enough to get you started, and there are a lot of resources about wireless networking on the web.

As far as access goes, I live in semi-rural Arkansas and keep 128-bit WEP set all the time. The risk of somebody driving down the street with a laptop looking for open ports is just too uncomfortable for me. In addition, it helps keep my wireless network separate from my neighbor's.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

dg explained it well. What you have to do for your particular router to set up WEP will be in the manual.

Even if you live in an area where the houses are spread out, the range of the wireless signal can be extended by people who know what they are doing. What would worry me most is people stealing my access and then doing something illegal. Law enforcement would trace the connection back to you. Better safe than sorry, and enable WEP.

It's good to hear that you have ZoneAlarm running as well.
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