I have just purchased a laptop Sony Vaio SZ1XP XP Pro, with Linksys WAG54G wireless modem router, my ISP is Pipex. I have connected my desktop through the ethernet connection, everything is fantastic!!
Except, I'm pulling my hair out trying to establish a 'secure wireless connection'......can anyone give me some basic step by step advise? Please.......
Start> Control Panel> Network Connections> Right-mouse click on “Wireless Network Connections” and choose “Properties” from the drop-down list.
Click the middle tab "Wireless Networks" (the other 2 are "General" and "Advanced"). The new window will have a “Preferred Networks” box.
It is best to remove any other entries (highlight and click "Remove") to start with a clean sheet. Then click "Add" to set up a new preferred wireless network, using your home router’s SSID, WPA, Passphrase, etc.
If you have entered everything correctly (very easy to mistype!), once you click “Apply”, “Ok”, your laptop should connect securely pretty much immediately to your home wireless network.
Personally, I prefer to also; < Turn off SSID broadcast < Setup MAC address filtering so that only my devices can connect to my wireless network
The Router's config page access password needs to be tough to crack. But even more important is the WPA PassPhrase, for which I use upper and lower case, numbers as well as special characters including spaces, and use the max 63 character allowance.