|Any guidance on these router-access-security issues I'm facing?|
(1) INTERNET-ACCESS PROBLEM:
I'm guesting in another person's flat. She has broadband and, hooked up to it by cable, she has an ASUS RT-G32 Wireless Router, for which she has lost all paperwork. My computer can connect to it and access the net wirelessly, but her ASUS router has NO encryption -- meaning that using it wirelessly is NOT secure.
At the same time, I also have my OWN ENCRYPTION-ENABLED Netgear Wireless -G54 Router WGR614, which my notebook computer is already programmed to access, much as it had successfully done in a previous location where my computer had successfuly wirelessly -- and securely -- accessed the net via this Netgear router.
So, THE PROBLEM:
The wireless connection, and full access to the net, via her ASUS router (which is connected to her broadband cable), works fine. But when I connect MY Netgear router directly to her broadband cable, and my computer connects wirelessly to my Netgear router (-- it does log-in properly to the router, same as would happen at my previous location --), there is NO internet-access.
And when I comand my computer to investigate the broblem, it says that there's a problem with the router and suggests unplugging the router and waiting and then plugging the router in again and trying again. Well, I've done that, and it doesn't help.
SO THE QUESTIONS ARE:
Why is it that HER router (connected to her broadband-cable) gives me wireless connection to the net, but MY router (connected to her broadband-cable) gives me wireless connection ONLY TO MY ROUTER and NOT to the net? Is there something I can do to make my MY router wok directly with her broadband, so that I can ditch using her router entirely?
(2) RELATED ROUTER-SECURITY PROBLEM:
As a consequence of the above situation, I've "piggybacked" my Netgear router on top of her ASUS router -- so that my router takes a cable-feed directly from her router and re-transmits the signal -- and then I've had my computer log in securely to MY router; and this gives me access to the net.
BUT THEN I HAVE THESE QUESTIONS:
Is this way of my accessing the net -- via a secure wireless link to MY router (which takes its signal from HER router) -- really secure? Or, since my router is taking the signal (via a cable) from her INSECURE router, is my access to the net, and my transmission or reception of any data, or even any data on my computer, NOT secure after all?
NOTE: One piece if information that might be helpful: Normally, to access my Netgear router's settings, I would go to URL 192.168.1.1, and my router's log-in page would come up. But now, when I do that -- and even though I've made sure that I'm logged-in to MY router's signal and not hers -- the ASUS log-in page (identifying itself as RT-G32 and asking for a username and password) comes up. ... But even so, it seems to me that I should not need to log-in to my router's settings anyway, to resolve the above issues -- or should I?
Any guidance on these issues would be appreciated.