It’s important to secure your wireless network to keep neighbors and intruders out, ensuring high security and performance on your network. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to set up passwords on your wireless network.
First, you need to navigate to your router’s configuration page and log in. Next, navigate to the wireless security section, and then enter the password you want. Most people should use the highest level of encryption their router supports, as weaker protection (such as WEP) can easily be cracked.
Configuration options and layouts vary by manufacturer and firmware, but the setup should be user-friendly. You can consult the owner’s manual for more advanced security options, such as hiding your SSID or blocking/allowing certain MAC addresses.
Note: WEP keys can be cracked in about 5-10 minutes on high-traffic home networks. WPA2 is much more secure than WPA, and WPA2 AES is much more secure than WPA2 TKIP. Each higher level of encryption is exponentially more difficult to crack. In addition, using numbers or symbols in your wireless password will make your network much more difficult to crack using brute-force dictionary attacks.