secure wireless network

  spixworth 07:43 01 May 06

I have three pc's each fitted with wireless network cards, one connects to internet via internal adsl modem other two connect through this. When I view available wireless networks I can see my neighbours so I assume they can see mine.How can I secure my network?, most helproom answers are for routers, which I dont have. Thanks

  mgmcc 08:36 01 May 06

<<< most helproom answers are for routers >>>

What about the "Networking" forum answers? :-)

You can still enable WEP or, if supported by the hardware, WPA encryption in your "Ad Hoc" wireless network where there is no Wireless Access Point (or Router) involved.

If you are using Windows XP's own wireless networking software, in the Network Connections folder right click the Wireless Network Connection and select Properties. Click the Wireless Networks tab. You can either "Remove" your existing unsecured Ad Hoc network and set it up again or, for the moment, set up a new Ad Hoc network with encryption using a different SSID. Once you are happy that the secured network is working reliably, you can remove the old one.

Click the "Add" button to configure the new Ad Hoc network. Screenshot - click here

For 64-bit WEP encryption, enter 10 hexadecimal characters (numerals 0-9 and letters a-f).

For 128-bit WEP encryption, enter 26 hexadecimal characters.

For WPA encryption, enter between 8 and 63 normal alpha-numeric characters - you can use spaces and enter a phrase that you will remember.

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