setting up Wireless Security/access for a WRT54GL?

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  1. williemyers macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2009
    h'lo all, hoping to get some advise on setting up my new WRT54GL.
    this is my first encounter with a wireless router, though I've had 3 previous Linksys (hardwired) routers.
    I have to say, given that they give virtually no Mac support, it was a breeze….just plugged it in to my cable modem and my laptop and - boom - on the net on my first try!

    I'm able to access the router via it's web-based system and can now "tweak" with settings, but I'm running in to a lot of "tweakable" settings that I'm not familiar with and that makes me nervous! hence my post here for help… I don't *think* what I hope to accomplish is all that difficult, but perhaps you can tell me.

    First my setup. I have; (a.) 3 desktop Macs and a Samsung TV hardwired to the four Ethernet ports and (b.) my Mac laptop accessing the router via Airport Extreme wifi. All are happily accessing the web.

    But I realize that the reason that "(b.)" is accessing the web is that I've changed no default settings in the router and, not only can *I* access the router via wifi, but probably anyone driving down the road or sitting out in front of my house can access the web via my wifi. And I'd like to change that.

    I'm *guessing* that the router settings i need to change lie in the "Wireless Security" area of the router? And it's here that I'm running in to a lot of "tweakable" settings that I don't understand.

    But let me give an example of what I would *like* to accomplish. And, for my own understanding, I'm going to keep it extremely simple.
    Let's say that there are 3 different laptops…."A", "B" and "C". All 3 are Macs and running Airport Extreme.
    Now, "A" is my laptop, sitting here on my desk next to the router. As i leave Airport always turned on, I want "A" to *always* have access to the routers wifi *without* having to enter a username/password, i.e. when i turn "A" on, it's wired.
    Now "B" might be the laptop of a friend who happens by the house and need access. They would need to find my network on their laptop and then i would need to give them a password to let them get on .
    And finally, "C" is the guy I don't know out in the street whom I want to *never* have access to my network.

    So my question then is, can I accomplish this by changing settings in "Wireless Security" on my router and how/what would I change?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You need to set up whatever kind of security you want; I recommend WPA2; create the SSID and set the password. You can store the password to your network in Keychain so you don't have to enter it every time. You can tell your friend the password and then change it when he leaves (or change it before he arrives to something generic, then change it back). There should be an option to hide the SSID so person C on the street can't see it, and therefore can't even try to log in unless they have the SSID.
  3. williemyers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2009
    miles, can't thank you enough! your description was spot on and it was a snap to setup. thanks again and I'll be back!
  4. Flash SWT macrumors 6502

    Flash SWT

    Mar 14, 2009
    Houston, TX

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