Solved Router set to wpa2 with a password selected, still unsecure

May 23, 2018 at 02:59:39
Specs: Windows 7
I downloaded a file and (coincidentally or not.
unsure.) suddenly lost connection to the internet, and upon power cycling my router, my pc could no longer find my wifi. I got into my router through my phone and set my wifi to channel 7 rather than auto, and set the security type to wpa2. I picked a password, and applied it.

Both 2.4GHz and 5GHz are both set to wpa2 and have a password on them, yet my computer only sees the 2.4GHz wifi, and it says unsecured. I did not have to enter a password to access my wifi. What gives? Why is it unsecured when I applied the password?

I'm trying to get back into my router but I just get a loading icon when I try to view any of the settings.


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#1
May 23, 2018 at 06:30:08
Normally one configures wifi settings by connecting the router via an ethernet cable to a computer, and then accesses the wifi setup area. Did you try doing the setup that way?

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May 23, 2018 at 06:42:04
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What trvlr said. By default, most routers do not allow a wireless connection to the management interface. If this is true for yours and it was reset, even if you'd allowed wireless management, it could easily have defaulted back to not allowed. It's a lot safer to ensure your router is set to not allow wireless management.

Both 2.4GHz and 5GHz are both set to wpa2 and have a password on them, yet my computer only sees the 2.4GHz wifi, and it says unsecured. I did not have to enter a password to access my wifi. What gives? Why is it unsecured when I applied the password?

This is definitely problematic. I would physically connect your PC to the router with a network cable (disable your wireless NIC while doing this, Windows tends to get confused and stop working altogether with two network interfaces connected at the same time) and ensure your wired interface is set to get it's TCP/IP settings automatically. Once connected, login to your management interface and check all related settings.

If both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz radios are configured identically, you should only see one SSID from clients.

You may find it necessary to reset the router and reconfigure it.

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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