TISD Online Knowledge Base

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Please Note:

WPA and WPA2 are both good encryption methods to secure your wireless network, and are more secure than WEP. However systems older than Windows XP Service Pack 2 do not support WPA encryption. If you have a wireless computer that pre-dates Windows XP Service Pack 2, you will have to use WEP as a security protocol in order to ensure connectivity of older machines.

Also, if WPA2 is available to you, it would be better to choose this option over standard WPA since it will allow wireless N devices to operate at their full capacity and network speeds if you have a wireless N router and wireless N network cards in the computers you are connecting.

 

  • First, open Internet Explorer or your preferred Internet browser.
  • Go up to the address bar at the top of the browser, and backspace everything out of it.
  • Next, type in the IP address of the router which by default is 192.168.0.1. Then press Enter.
  • This will take you to a D-Link sign in page. The User Name by default is Admin and there is no password by default. Once you have that entered, press Login.
  • This will take you to a D-Link Status page. Click Setup at the top of the page.
  • Next, click Wireless Settings on the left-hand side of the page.
  • You will be asked if you want to use the Wireless Setup Wizard, Add a Device with WPS, or Manually Setup a Wireless Network. Click the button that says Manual Wireless Network Setup.

 

Important:

If you have an option to enable or disable WPS or Wi-Fi Protected Setup, make sure that Enable is unchecked. If left enabled, it can interfere with adding a computer to the wireless using a password.

 

  • Down at the bottom of the page, you will see a section for Wireless Security Mode. Change this from None to WPA-Personal.
  • For WPA mode, leave it set to Auto.
  • Make sure that Cipher Type is set to TKIP and AES.
  • Group Key Update Interval can be left at its default value.
  • The Pre-Shared Key is going to be the password required to connect to the wireless on the router. This can contain any character type, but must be at least eight characters long.
  • Once you have entered your password you want, click the Save Settings button at the top of the page to save the changes.
  • The router will then reboot. If you are on a laptop, you will need to reconnect to the wireless network during which you will be prompted for the key that was just set up. If the computer is a Windows 7 or Windows Vista based computer, you will have to remove the old network profile before attempting to reconnect to the router, or you will get an error saying The profile saved on this computer does not match the requirements of the network.
  • WPA or WPA2 Security should now be enabled on the router. You will need to enter this key into each wireless computer you add to the network. Wired systems do not require a network key to connect.