Setup And Configure Advanced WAP Security
Wireless access point security:
Having more than one entrance into your home network, means it’s definitely the time to implement
a stronger wap security to tighten its borders and setting up wireless network security in a layered system.
Wireless access points increase the range and direction of WiFi networks.
This means that more people are aware your Wi-Fi network is there.
Since wireless access points and wireless repeaters are commonly used to extend the range of wireless home networks right into the living rooms of strangers in the surrounding area, you’ll need to have stronger wireless security settings then a savvy creative passphrase to keep them out.
We’re going to show you how setting up wireless network security using several security measures.
These different layers of security all work together to make your wireless home network safe and secure is the best line of defense.
Using a multi layered approach to wireless networking, is the same method network administrators use to keep their company networks safe and secure.
Multi layer wireless security settings:
The first thing we need to put in place is to setup a totally secure and unbreakable passphrase that would discourage the most determined of individuals from accessing your wireless network.
Then we’ll be setting up a MAC address filter which will only permit the physical wireless network adapters in your wireless devices to be allowed access to your wireless network.
After your devices are securely connected and on the exclusive hardware address list, we’re going to disable the wireless broadcast of your wireless network, so it won’t even show up in your neighbors list of available networks.
Wireless Access Point Security
Before we start:
When setting up wireless access point security, the WAP and the base router must have the identical wap security settings in place in order for them to communicate properly.
In this example we’ll be using the setup and configuration menus from a Linksys WAP54G wireless access point, and the references to the base router in this lesson will be using a Linksys E1000 series wireless router.
If you need assistance in setting up the base router security settings to match the wireless access point security being applied, we support several of the leading manufacturer of high performance routers on the market today.
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Logging into your wireless access point:
We will start by accessing the configuration or setup pages within the wireless access point.
- On your computer, open an Internet web browser for surfing the Internet.
- In the URL address line where the web address is normally displayed, Type in the following.
HTTP://192.168.1.254 and press the “Enter” key.
The WAP54G access point login box will appear on your screen, prompting you for a username and password.
- Enter the credentials as username “admin” and the password should also be “admin” and then click on the “OK” button to login to your WAP.
If you are using another brand and model of wireless access point you will need to consult with the user’s guide for that model to obtain its default username and password to access the configuration utility.
You should now be logged into your Linksys WAP54G wireless access point, and your Internet browser should be displaying the initial setup screens opening page.
Setting up strong wap security:
From the main menu upon logging into your WAP select “Wireless” , and then the “Wireless Security” sub tab to setup the security mode and passphrase that
will be used to connect with the wireless access point.
Let’s begin configuring the security information, so the AP can communicate with the main wireless router.
- In the wireless security settings field labeled “Security Mode:” insure that the mode selected matches the security mode on the main router of your wireless network.
After your security mode matches the main wireless router of your home network, a passphrase box will appear just below allowing you to enter a passphrase for your wireless access point.
- Create a passphrase that is not a word found in the dictionary, using alternating capital and lower case letters, and add several numbers past the 8th character space to create the most secure passphrase possible.
- Click on the “Save Settings” button on the bottom of the page.
This completes the first layer of your access point security.
MAC address filtering:
Next we’ll continue setting up wireless access point security by creating a MAC address filter which will only allow wireless enabled devices with a “Permitted” physical hardware address to connect to your wireless home network.
First we need to go over how to obtain the “Physical Address” from your network equipment.
There are many type of wireless enable network equipment on the market today, so I’ll be showing only how to retrieve the MAC address from a PC or laptop.
If you need to connect a wireless handheld device, try looking in the “Network Settings” or “Device Info” section of your devices “Settings” application.
If you’re not familiar with obtaining the MAC address from your PC or laptops connected to your wireless network, Click the link and return after you have obtained a list of all the MAC addresses you intend on allowing to access your wireless home network.
Creating your MAC Address Filtering List:
Let’s begin creating our list of approved physical devices that will be allowed to connect to the wireless network.
- From the main menu of your WAP configuration utility, select “Wireless” and then the “Wireless MAC Filter” sub tab.
- In the section labeled “Wireless MAC Filter” Select “Enabled” from the drop-down menu, and then “Permit PC’s”, to create a filter that will only allow MAC addresses listed below to access your wireless network.
- In the MAC Address filter list Enter all the “Physical Addresses” of the wireless enabled equipment
which you want to permit to access your wireless home network.
- Click on the “Save Settings” button on the bottom of the page.
You just greatly improved the wireless access point security of your home network, and now for the last step.
Turning off your SSID broadcast:
To stop broadcasting your Wi-Fi network to the surrounding neighborhood and making it invisible to those searching for an available network to connect to, disable the SSID broadcast by performing the following actions.
- From the main configuration menu on your WAP54G select “Wireless” and then the “Basic Wireless Settings” sub tab.
- On the basic wireless settings page in the field labeled “SSID Broadcast” Select “Disabled” from the drop-down menu.
You will also want to disable the SSID broadcast on the main wireless router and all your other wireless access points as well.
- Click on the “Save Settings” button on the bottom of the page, to save your wireless access point security settings.
That’s it! Your wireless access point security is now complete.