If you have already used the router installation CD, your wireless access should already be configured. If not, proceed to installation.
If you don’t have an installation CD, perform the following steps:
1. First, connect to your router interface. If you need to help doing this, see Connecting to your router interface
Certain terms may differ from the ones in this user guide depending on your router brand or model. If an option’s parametering isn’t specified in the steps below, we recommend that you refrain from changing it and leave it at default, unless you’re sure of your choice.
2. When you’re on your router interface, click the “Wireless” section. If you can’t find it at first glance, look for it under “Home” or “Setup.”
Certain routers have wireless options in two separate sections, sometimes next to each other, and sometimes in a section called “Advanced.” If you can’t find certain options, check to see if they’re in another section. Save your settings every time you switch sections so you don’t lose the changes you have made.
If possible, choose the “Manual” or “Manual wireless network setup” option (manual installation of the wireless network).
1. Then look for a network name (“Wireless Network Name or SSID”). We recommend that you don’t use the name given by default to identify your wireless network. Instead, choose a specific name no one has used yet. All the wireless equipment in your network will detect its display. Avoid using personal information or a password in this field.
2. Verify that the “SSID Broadcast” option is activated (it should be set to “Enable”) or visible (“Visibility Status”).
Example of a Linksys interface
Example of a D-link interface
3. Opt for a security code
There are a number of security modes; some are more secure than others. Your router may not offer them all. Here, in order of preference, are the ones you should choose (from most to least secure).
1 : WPA2 or WPA2_Personal
2 : WPA or WPA_Personal
3 : WEP 128 bits.
We recommend that you choose a security option, either WEP, WPA or WPA2. MAC address filtering and deactivating the SSID Broadcast can’t replace them and can be pirated in just a few minutes.
WEP security option (only if you can’t use WPA)
If your network security is a priority, invest in WPA2-compatible equipment. WEP can be pirated in a few hours or less.
If you do not have close neighbours and/or do not wish to invest in equipment compatible with the WPA security option, choose WEP.
Select the highest encryption level, i.e. 128 bits.
To optimize your network security and make piracy more difficult, deactivate “SSID Broadcast” and use the MAC address filtering function. The WPA2 security option, however, is the best solution.
Now go to the Passphrase section below.
WPA2/WPA2_Personal and WPA/WPA_Personal
If you have peripheral compatibility problems with WPA2, opt for the WPA security option. However, recent devices generally have no trouble supporting WPA2.
Then choose AES in the “cypher” encryption field to optimize your network security.
Passphrase or pre-shared key
This is a password that will be used to access your wireless network. Choose it carefully so that the uninvited can’t access your network. The longer and more complex the phrase or key, the more secure it will be. It can contain up to 63 characters. A short and simple passphrase or key (e.g. “Wi-Fi”) can be pirated in a few minutes, even if you’re using WPA2.
We therefore recommend that you combine numbers and uppercase and lowercase letters, and use all 63 characters. Make a note of it.
If you have chosen the WEP option:
WEP (128 bits) uses a 26-character key that you must determine or generate from a passphrase. In either case, make a note of it.
The wireless network mode, or “802.11 mode,” is set by default to “Mixed” or “Auto.” If you’re familiar with your equipment and know which protocol each piece uses, choose what’s convenient for you. If they all use the same protocol, choose ”802.11b only,” “802.11g only” or “802.11n only,” depending on the protocol. If you have 802.11g and 802.11n equipment, choose “Mixed 802.11g,” “802.11n,” etc.
Click “Save settings.”
WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
Certain routers support the WPS (“Wi-Fi Protected Setup”) function. To find out if this is the case with your router, locate the logo with the two arrows. It usually appears on a button at the back or bottom of the router, on the information label.
With the WPS function, you can quickly and easily configure the wireless devices you wish to connect to your router. If the latter supports it, we recommend that you activate it.
Your router interface should still be displayed.
Make sure you have saved the settings before proceeding. Activate the “Wi-Fi Protected Setup” option and save the settings once again. Make a note of the PIN shown on the screen because it might be useful later on.
Example of a Linksys interface
Example of a D-Link interface (“Advanced/Wi-Fi Protected Setup”)
Congratulations: Configuration of your wireless router is now complete. Use our le formulaire imprimable to keep your configuration information. Need help connecter votre ordinateur sans fil?
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