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  • One Care is giving me a message that I should turn on my wireless security, but the directions given for how to do this don't match with the options I'm offered as I follow them. Any help?
    Saturday, July 5, 2008 2:24 PM

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  • If you router is supported by OneCare, you can let OneCare enable the security for you. If it is not, you will need to review the documentation for your router (available from the manufacturer's web site in most cases if you can't locate the manual or CD that came with the router).

    Here is the help text from OneCare Instant Help:

    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 Windows Live 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.

    Help secure a wireless network manually

    If Windows Live OneCare does not support your router, you won't be prompted to select a zone for your wireless network, and you won't receive a white Actions to take notice that prompts you to secure your wireless network. However, even if your router is not supported, you can help secure the wireless network manually. For more information, read the instructions in the manufacturer's manual for your router before you try to configure the settings.

    Disable security on your wireless network
    If you experience problems with the wireless network after you secure the network, you can temporarily disable the security settings.
    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 the wireless network that you want to add the computer to, and then click Details.
    4. Under Wireless security status, click Turn off.
    5. Click Turn off again, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
    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.

    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 5:17 PM
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  • Is this what you are looking at in the help files- http://help.live.com/help.aspx?project=onecarev2&queryType=keyword&query=der_llawerif&sid=7bc275af-f2ed-49e7-bcc6-2553701b40d9_20254599&mkt=en-us ? What is the brand and model of your router?

    Saturday, July 5, 2008 4:49 PM
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  • If you router is supported by OneCare, you can let OneCare enable the security for you. If it is not, you will need to review the documentation for your router (available from the manufacturer's web site in most cases if you can't locate the manual or CD that came with the router).

    Here is the help text from OneCare Instant Help:

    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 Windows Live 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.

    Help secure a wireless network manually

    If Windows Live OneCare does not support your router, you won't be prompted to select a zone for your wireless network, and you won't receive a white Actions to take notice that prompts you to secure your wireless network. However, even if your router is not supported, you can help secure the wireless network manually. For more information, read the instructions in the manufacturer's manual for your router before you try to configure the settings.

    Disable security on your wireless network
    If you experience problems with the wireless network after you secure the network, you can temporarily disable the security settings.
    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 the wireless network that you want to add the computer to, and then click Details.
    4. Under Wireless security status, click Turn off.
    5. Click Turn off again, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
    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.

    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 5:17 PM
    Moderator