Microsoft Broadband Wireless base stations feature a Web-based management tool you can access to password-protect the network. The management tool supports Wired Equivalent Privacy and Wi-Fi Protected Access, two different security protocols used to defend networks from intruders. WPA improves upon WEP and uses encryption to secure data transferred over the network so only the sender and the recipient can interpret the information. For the best protection, you should set the base station to use WPA. The device settings can be changed from your browser.
- Open a browser and navigate to “http:/192.168.2.1" (without quotes). Type your login credentials or enter “admin” as the default password to sign in to the management tool.
- Point to “Security” in the left pane and then choose “Wireless Security” from the submenu.
- Select “Enable Wireless Security” from under Security and Encryption, if applicable. Choose “256-bit WPA-PSK (Strongest)” from the “Wireless Encryption” drop-down menu.
- Enter into the “Passphrase” field a password consisting of eight to 63 ASCII characters.
- Click “Apply” to secure the network.