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Hello I have a vaio notebook and a netgear wierless card WG511 54 MBps conectect to my home network. How can i setup my w card to connect to wap or hot spot with securing my connection. thanks
ASKED: February 15, 2005  11:37 AM
UPDATED: February 17, 2005  10:52 AM

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The security is set at the access point and not the network adapter. You set the security on the access point and then apply those security settings to the network adapter in order to authenticate to the access point.

What type of wireless access point/router are you using on your home lan?

There are many options for wireless security and the setup varies by device.

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  • Sonotsky
    You should read the documentation that came with the wireless access point carefully. They should show you how to secure the AP from unwated connections; you can also Google for a plethora of how-to articles. I *strongly* recommend that if you are going to configure the AP, if at all possible, do so via a WIRED connection (e.g., plug a network cable in and configure the wireless security). Not much point of configuring wireless security if you are broadcasting in the clear what you are changing.
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  • Larrythethird
    WAP is not an easy thing to setup in a home environment. You have to have an authentication server, Radius or similar, and the access point has to be able to authenticate through the server. Most home access points do not support that. Quick and easy is to block all MAC addresses except your known PCs and WEP for encryption. While I was setting up my home wireless, there were already two unknown MAC addresses trying to gain access.
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