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Old 09-18-17, 12:09 PM
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A local WiFi connection I use is set to WEP security with a 10 digit password. I have the password but not access to the computer attached to the router.

Is it possible to bump up the security to WPA2 (keeping the same password) remotely?
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Re: WiFi Security

Does the router have an app that you can access via your phone? That's how I change mine.
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Old 09-18-17, 12:22 PM
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Re: WiFi Security

I'll have to see. I'm thinking that the router login password is different from the wifi password.. :/
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I'll have to see. I'm thinking that the router login password is different from the wifi password.. :/
I would hope so...

If you only have access to the wireless network and not the router password, you won't be able to change the security of the router. Otherwise anyone with access to a network could change the router configuration.
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Old 09-18-17, 01:33 PM
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Re: WiFi Security

I downloaded the netgear app and was able to change it. I used the stock admin password lol..

--but it didn't seem to take. Perhaps I'll try the web interface? Or perhaps theres something else preventing it?

Web interface worked fine. Wow -- reminder to folks to change your router admin login if you havent done it!

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Old 09-18-17, 03:24 PM
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Re: WiFi Security

If the hardware supports WPA2, you'll be able to change to it from WEP, but you'll have to re-enter the password on everything, as the client devices won't remember through the change from WEP to WPA2. You should definitely change it, as WEP is fundamentally broken. I can't even remember the last time I saw a network running WEP.

I'd just try the web admin interface for the router and do it there. What's the model of the Netgear? We might be able to be more helpful with that.
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Old 09-18-17, 03:29 PM
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Re: WiFi Security

I'd just like to know why you're messing around with a "local WiFi" connection that you use? I would assume other people use it too?
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I'd just like to know why you're messing around with a "local WiFi" connection that you use? I would assume other people use it too?
He's tired of Penny leaching off of the WiFi!
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Old 09-18-17, 04:39 PM
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Yep. It is one that has been made available as a convenience to me and others by the person who runs it--he knows a lot about engineering but not so much about wifi. I updated the security to WPA2 and put the same password in there.
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Yep. It is one that has been made available as a convenience to me and others by the person who runs it--he knows a lot about engineering but not so much about wifi. I updated the security to WPA2 and put the same password in there.
Did you tell him to change his router password? Odd that he wouldn't just change the security himself.
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Old 09-18-17, 06:18 PM
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Re: WiFi Security

Congratulations, by changing the security from WEP to WPA2 without telling anyone, you've effectively made the network "your" network, as even if the password isn't changed, nobody else will be able to log on to the network now, unless they change the security type manually on all devies they used to connect to that SSID! This applies to everybody who WAS using that SSID.

I wouldn't have bothered trying to "beef" up security yourself. Perhaps the person who set it to WEP knows his reasons for doing so better than you do. Should have contacted that person FIRST before jumping the gun, as you've probably pissed off a lot of people now by making your own little "change."
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Old 09-18-17, 08:29 PM
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lol well I actually did tell him, thats how I found out the security was 'low'. I had a device that warned me that it was low and made a 'security recommendation'. I showed him and he said he didnt want to bother.

Several people noticed that they had to log in again, but everyone who had access already had the password and used it to log in again. No harm no foul?
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No harm no foul?
You're dealing with zyzzle here. Not only is he calling foul, he's prepping a "Complaining about Save Ferris" thread right now!
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You're dealing with zyzzle here. Not only is he calling foul, he's prepping a "Complaining about Save Ferris" thread right now!
Nah, his explanation actually makes sense, so no misdeeds have been done, it seems, so he gets a pass from me!

I actually know some folks who use WEP intentionally, it's their indirect means of instigating Wi-fi neighborhood parties for those in the know. It's all "shared" bandwidth anyway. That's the ISPs dirty little secret, secret, though!
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