Mike, If You're Connecting To A Hotspot
by Grif Thomas - 3/8/06 9:48 AM
In Reply to: WEP/WPA password by mikeybadboy
...you may or may not need a password.. Very basic here but the "sender" of the wireless signal (either a hotspot or your home wireless router/access point) must be configured to "request" a WEP/WPA password from the "receiver" in order for you to connect. Since your computer is the "receiver", if the request is not made and you can connect and gain internet access, then there is no need to type in a password phrased. A password is not required in that case. On the other hand, a "secure" wireless access point should have a password requirement. In that case, you'll need to obtain the password from the company using the "sender", then type it into your computer's wireless adapter program. It should be done using the general instructions below:
Configure WPA-PSK on Windows XP
After you've set up your router or access point for WPA-PSK, you'll need to configure the wireless properties on each computer for WPA-PSK as follows:
1. Right-click the wireless connection icon in the notification area, and then click View Available Wireless Networks.
2. Select the WPA-PSK capable network you want to attach to by clicking the SSID (Service Set Identifier). As shown in Figure 2, I am configuring the SSID buffalog.
3. Enter the Shared Secret (passphrase) in the Network Key field and again in the Confirm Network Key field as shown in Figure 2. Although the text refers to a network key, the passphrase can be entered here.
4. Click Connect.
If you have your own Wireless router/access point in your house, then you should configure that router with a password requirement. It prevents unauthorized users from gaining access. Here's a link that should help although the router manual will give you specific instructions on how to do it.:
WPA Wireless Security for Home Networks
Hope this helps.
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