How do I manage security on my AT&T DSL using a 2WIRE wireless router?
February 5, 2007 6:10 PM Subscribe
How do I manage security on my AT&T DSL using a 2WIRE wireless router...when I don't have the software or cords?
posted by MeetMegan to computers & internet (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a 2WIRE wireless router (I think it's a router. It's a little x-shaped thing that connects to my phone cord - I may be using the wrong term). I use it for my awesome AT&T DSL plan.
The problem is...I think someone else is using my connection too.
There are three lights on this router - the bottom one shows when a computer is connected to the network. In the past, when my computer was turned off, the bottom light was off too. For the last month or so, the light is on all the time - even when my computer is off. This makes me think someone else is connected. I only have one computer in my house so only one computer SHOULD be connecting to the network - ever.
I want to know how I can figure out whether someone else is connected to my network. This is complicated, however, by the fact that I no longer have the cords to connect my laptop to the wirelss router to allow me to edit the properties on the network. I am also using a different laptop now than I was using when I set up the network three years ago. I am still able to connect to the network to use the internet and such but I can't edit properties on the router.
I do have WEP enabled on the router - I did it a long time ago - and I used the router's serial number as the password - so I would think it would be difficult to guess the password. What am I missing here?
To sum, my question is three-fold:
1) How do I figure out if someone else is connecting to my network?
2) How can I change security settings on the router without the cords it came with?
3) If I can't do #2 without the cords, do you have any suggestions on which cords to purchase? I am clueless here, as you can tell.