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Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by get_nick, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    1) if you have wireless internet, does it slow down with other people using the same router?

    2) how do you set a password to lock it?
    i have 6 security types and 1 encryption type. what should i pick?
     
  2. GSRCRXsi

    GSRCRXsi Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    1) yes

    2) you should be able to configure the router to enable encryption/security. usually you do this from the routers default IP address. like 192.168.1.1 for linsys routers. you should also change/enable a password for getting into the router config. you probably have some choices like WEP, WPA, etc. i *think* WPA is better than WEP. only difference i know is that WPA uses a password and WEP uses a key. other than that im not sure
     
  3. endlesszeal

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    1) it depends how many people are using, what they are doing and what kind of connection speed you have. i have 4 computers: 2 LAN and 2 WLAN. My speeds are only 3.0M downloand and 756kbps up. I use bittorrent and seed at 20kbps and everyone just web surfs and no slow downs. However, when the other people start watching youtube or just videos, everythign slows down a bit, so i turn off bittorrent.

    2) the best kind of security avaible for consumers right now is WPA2. And yes GSRCRXsi, WPA1/2 is much better than WEP because it constantly changes the key and the keys itself are larger, so the packets are sent less often to people who are watching it and trying to crack it. ALso use WPA-PSK because its desigined for home and small offices, much easier to configure.

    The best way to be sure no one is leeching off you, is to change the SSID of your router from the default, turn SSID broadcasting off, set up a WPA (WPA2 preferably) and set MAC filters. The SSID makes sure that people dont know the name if your network; no name? no go. If the somehow figured it out, it will require them to use a key. Even if they find that out, if their MAC addy's dont match up to your filter, they wont be able to get in.
     
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