How to Configure Wireless Security on Your Cradlepoint Router: Tip 74

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

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How to Configure Wireless Security on Your Cradlepoint Router: Tip 74

As soon as customers discover they can utilize a router to share their 3G or 4G connection with multiple computers/devices, their first concern is often security. Considering 3G/4G users are typically dealing with 5GB or 10GB monthly data allowances, it's important to know how to lock down your router so that unauthorized users aren't using your network and eating away at your allowance. Cradlepoint routers allow owners to enable WEP or WPA security to protect the network so that only those with the wireless password will be able to join the network. This tutorial will allow explain the easy steps you'll need to take to configure wireless security on the Cradlepoint CTR350, CTR500, PHS300, MBR900, MBR1000 and MBR1200 routers.

The text instructions are below, but this video demo will walk you through the steps if you'd like to follow along:

Step-by-Step Instructions to Configure Wireless Security:

  1. Connect your computer to your router via WiFi or ethernet, open a web browser and enter
  2. Enter the last 6 characters of your Mac address (located on the bottom of the router) to log in
  3. Click on the "Basic Tab" and select "Wireless WiFi" from the sub-menu on the left
  4. Under "Basic Wireless (WiFi Settings)," you'll see a bold field titled "Wireless Network Name." If you haven't changed the default name yet, enter whatever you'd like your network to be called
  5. Scroll down to "Wireless (WiFi) Security Mode" and select "WPA Personal"
  6. You will see a drop down field appear. Enter a password 8 to 63 characters in length in the "Pre-Shared Key" section
  7. Scroll to the top of the page and click "save settings" and reboot the router

After your router reboots, don't get alarmed if you see a message in your browser indicating the webpage can't be displayed. Remember, after you've enabled security you'll need to re-associate all your WiFi-enabled devices to the wireless network. To do this, just go to your wireless connections manager or Apple airport, click on the network name, and enter the password you created in step 6 above. You should then see a "connected" message and a little lock icon indicating your network is secure. Just be sure that you either remember the password or write it down in case you need to add more wireless devices in the future!

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