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  • I was following your instructions for making my wireless connection more secure... and your system converted my wireless from being open to requiring a password.  Your system apparently created a password without telling me what it is.  Now no one at my office can get on-line.  HELP!!

    Monday, March 09, 2009 8:20 PM

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  • Hello Mark, open One Care>Change Settings>Firewall>Advanced Settings>Network Connections>Details, and you can view your network key.
    Jim
    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 4:54 AM
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  • Hello Mark, open One Care>Change Settings>Firewall>Advanced Settings>Network Connections>Details, and you can view your network key.
    Jim
    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 4:54 AM
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  • Note that you will need to follow Jim's instructions on the PC that is running OneCare that you used to set the security for the wireless network. The option will be unavailable on other PCs with OneCare on the network.

    The following can be found in the Help text for OneCare by searching for "Wireless security"

    Help secure your wireless network

    If you have a wireless network, you can use Windows Live OneCare to help make it harder for unauthorized users to access your network. You can help protect your network by using an encrypted network key so that only users who have this network key can access information or devices on your network.

    After you enable wireless security on the router, you'll have to reconnect any computers or devices that were connected to the router again by entering the network key for each computer or device.

    Let Windows Live OneCare help secure a wireless network

    When you install OneCare, it examines the level of security and the type of router that you're using on the wireless network. If the wireless network is unsecured and your router is supported, you'll be prompted to select a zone (A level of network security that is determined by a collection of firewall settings that are automatically configured by OneCare.) for your wireless network. You'll also receive a white Actions to take notice that prompts you to secure your wireless network.

    To automatically configure the wireless security settings for the network, in the white Actions to take notice, click Turn on. If you're not prompted to secure the wireless network, you must secure the wireless network manually.

    Note

    If you have trouble disabling the security for the wireless network, you can reset your router to its default settings. Resetting the router disables the encryption and returns the SSID (Service Set Identifier, also known as the network name. A unique name entered to access a WiFi network that enables communication between network users and the access point.) to the default name. For more information, read the manual for your router or contact the manufacturer of the router.

    Add a computer or other device to a wireless network

    You can add a computer or device to your wireless network either manually or by using the Add a PC wizard.

    Add a computer to a wireless network with the Add a PC wizard in Windows Live OneCare
    If you used Windows Live OneCare to help secure a wireless network, you can automatically add another computer or device to the network.
    1. On the computer that you used to help secure the wireless network, open OneCare, and then click Change Settings.
    2. On Firewall tab, click Advanced settings.
    3. On the Network connections tab, click the wireless network that you want to add the computer to, and then click Details.
    4. Click Add a PC, and then follow the steps in the wizard.
    Add a computer to a wireless network manually

    For Windows XP:

    1. On the computer that you want to add, click Start, click Run, type ncpa.cpl, and then click OK.
    2. Click the wireless network connection, and then click View available wireless networks.
    3. From the list of available wireless networks, click the name of your wireless network, and then click Connect.
    4. When you're prompted, type and confirm the network key for your router, and then click Connect.

    For Windows Vista:

    1. On the computer that you want to add, click Start, click in the Start Search box, type ncpa.cpl, and then press ENTER.
    2. From the list of available networks, right-click the name of your wireless network, and then click Connect/Disconnect.
    3. Click the wireless network that you want to connect to, and then click Connect.
    4. When you're prompted, type and confirm the network key for your router, and then click Connect.
    Add a device to a wireless network manually

    To add a device to a newly secured wireless network, follow the instructions in the manufacturer's manual for the device. If you need more help, contact the manufacturer of the device.

    Note

    You must enter the SSID (Service Set Identifier, also known as the network name. A unique name entered to access a WiFi network that enables communication between network users and the access point.) and network key to add a device.

    Find your network name and network key
    To add a computer to a wireless network if you used the Add a PC wizard in Windows Live OneCare:
    1. On the computer that you used to help secure the wireless network, click Change Settings.
    2. On Firewall tab, click Advanced settings.
    3. On the Network connections tab, click your wireless network, and then click Details.
    4. The SSID and network key appear in the Security Information area.
    Note

    If you added a computer or a device to the network manually, read the instructions in the manufacturer's manual, or contact the manufacturer of the router for information about how to obtain the network name and network key.

    Note

    Changing the security settings on the router will disconnect any computer or device that was previously connected to the router.





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    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:00 PM
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