Solved How do I know if my Netgear router is password-protected?

October 24, 2012 at 19:38:48
Specs: Windows Vista
My monthly internet allocation has recently been getting used up far more quickly than I expect it should. I am wondering if someone unauthorised is using my wireless facility. I do not remember ever applying a password to this facility. How would I find out it if has password protection?

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October 25, 2012 at 00:52:29
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On your wireless laptop, look at the list of available wireless networks. Find yours in the list and it will say either "Security Enabled" or "Unsecured". Unsecured means no password has been set for that network so anyone within range can access it.

Alternatively, log in to your router's configuration web-page and look in the "Wireless" section. It will show the wireless WEP/WPA access key if one has been set.

My Netgear router (which I no longer use) came with a wireless WPA key already set at the factory I think, but you can change it to one of your own making for better security.

Whenever changing any wireless settings on your router you must use a wired connection to do so.

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October 25, 2012 at 07:26:56
If you're not using WPA encryption, I highly recommend doing so. WEP encryption is easily cracked.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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