There are three essential things you need to do first*:
- Change the router admin password; i.e., the master control of your router
- Setup you own SSID, basically the name of your wireless network
- Setup a WPA2 password to connect to the WiFi router
- if you don’t change the router master password, someone like me who has done a few setup will know the default password, and if I were really mean, I could render it unworkable for you:99% true.
- Your own SSID gives you an identity, look at your wireless connection list on your computer that shows what wireless connections are available in your vicinity, I bet you will see a few D-Links, defaults, … those are the ones that a unique SSID haven’t been setup. In fact, you may have been using someone else’s connection all along, or vice versa, if the SSID remains as “default” or “D-Link” and no password has been setup. Don’t forget your plan has download and upload limits, hence you don’t want other people using your MB for free, do you?
- WPA2 is pretty much the current default password encryption protocol. WEP, an earlier protocol, is easier to hack. (some devices may not connect with a WPA2 password protocol, like my Sony PSP, beware!)
Lastly, back to my 99%, in case your router was held hostage, you can always perform a reset to default (look for a pin-hole at the back of the router, and press it for 30 seconds: read manual). Then follow my instructions above.
* I know the vendor usually supplies a CD for installation, I find that if you don’t follow their instructions to a tee, it may not work properly, and causes frustration. Try CD first and use my advice as a back-up solution.
BTW, to connect to the router, it is either 192.168.0.1 (D-Link) or 192.168.10.1 (Trendnet), best check your router manual.