only connect: adding a password to my router screws up my signal
October 27, 2006 4:08 PM Subscribe
I can't figure out how to password-protect my wireless internet connection.
posted by grumblebee to computers & internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm pretty ignorant about networking, so please talk down to me. I have a Linksys Router (Wireless-B, model: BEFW1154) connected to a cable modem via an Ethernet cable. A second Ethernet cable runs from the router into my PC (Windows XP, SP2).
I typed 192.168.1.1 into my browser, set WEP to Mandatory, clicked the WEP Key Setting button and created a password.
This seemed to work: started my 2nd PC (Dell Laptop) and browsed for wireless connections. Instantly, I saw my main PC, and it had that little lock symbol by it, meaning I'd need to enter a password in order to connect with it. I did so, the machines connected, and... a message said "limited to no connectivity." Strange, because I usually get a strong signal and the two machines were just a few feet from each other (and from the router).
I turned WEP off and was instantly got an "EXCELLECT" signal. Turned it on again and got "limited or no connectivity." (And it really is "limited" since I can't use the Internet when I get that message.)
I don't get it. How is turning that security feature on affecting the signal (or making the laptop think the signal is affected)? What should I be doing? Have I totally misunderstood WEP? I just want a password on my connection.