Saturday, January 1, 2011

Securing DLink wireless routers

I like DLink routers. I like the configuration options, the user interface, and the detailed and well written manuals. If you want to log traffic you can choose to filter the information so you only see only what you want to. But there is one downside if you have legacy WEP devices. The new DLink router I checked doesn't support it. So if you have WEP only devices you can't use secured mode on DLink routers.


Open your browser and enter the IP address to the router. DLink routers use 192.168.0.1 as the default IP:


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The default admin user is admin with no password:


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The first thing to do is go to the Tools tab and add an admin password and add a user password for times you just want to check things, not change them:


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After adding an admin password go to network settings and change the IP from the default 192.168.0.1 to one of the ranges below the graphic:


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Use an address in one of the following ranges:


10.0.0.0 to 10.255.255.255

172.16.0.0 to 172.31.255.255

192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255


The last thing to do is turn on the wireless and setup the security. You can probably leave these at their default settings unless you have trouble picking up the signal. An exception is the SSID, which you should change. 'Enable Auto Channel Scan" lets the router find the channel with the least interference, so it should be checked if it isn't. 'Visibility Status' should be changed to 'invisible'.


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That concludes the "Securing your router" series. I hope it was helpful.