Ok guys I got a wireless router for Christmas and when I first hocked it up and installed it everything worked great but ever since Monday night I have been experiencing a huge decrease in internet speed and I am honestly getting relay frustrated as I have my assessments to start today for school and I use the internet to do majority of my research however when I check my email for information about my network usage I about 40% is hacking. Any strategies or free programs u know I could use to secure my wireless router from hackers ?
Take a look into your manual for the router. It should give you a web address of some sort. Like for my Dlink router it is 192.168.0.1 which should lead you to a login page. If you read the instructions right it should tell you when first setting it up how to get into your router. Once done go to the wireless section of your router. Make sure that you change the settings for it and use encryption key like WPA/PSK and a password to log into the wireless connection. Once that is done and you have set the other settings like for the strength of the wireless save it and the router should reboot itself. And knock anyone else who has been using your wireless setting since it will ask for a wep key or password to log into the wireless itself.
This should be done on any new router that is brought into the home for the first time since anyone who doesn't set it up the first time is basically asking for trouble. And wonder why they are having problems. I don't want to sound like I am mad at you. I had learnt the same thing when I bought my first wireless as well. I took the friendly manual and read it from cover to cover to make sure I understood what to do in it.
answered Jan 11 '12 at 12:55
DSLReports.com is a good place to visit. They have tools, resources, and some knowledgeable people to ask for advice.
A few of my clients had similar problems as you're having. I found several issues that was causing their internet speeds slowing to a crawl.
1) ISP could be throttling your speeds. Some services start throttling your connection after a certain amount of usage. 2) Cable Internet is shared bandwidth, so call your ISP to see if they can move your connection to one with less congested. 3) People could be piggy backing on your wireless connection. You might think about using some Powerline Adapters instead of wireless. 4) If you insist on staying with wireless, then secure the connection by NOT BROADCASTING YOUR SSID, MAC ADDRESS, PASSWORD, &/or ENCRYPTION. My network only has 5 computers that can connect wirelessly, and only those MAC addresses have a specific static IP address assigned.
That should be good for starters =0p...
answered Jan 11 '12 at 14:15