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#1 Nate10

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:38 AM

Noob question, but hey, I just want to be sure I'm doing the right thing.

A few years ago when my parents upgraded our family computer, we bought all the hardware for the computer separately and we got a Cisco Linksys router too. A tech guy came by to help us put everything together and configure the router and yeah... he did everything.

Now a year or two ago my sister and I got laptops, and we connected to the router, yadda yadda and everything went smooth. Both our laptops got severely ruined though, and I just got both of them back two days ago. We've tried to connect them but we no longer have the password to the router stuff because I've lost them like the idiot I am, so I reset everything and now we're both connected. Only problem is: the internet is now password free. I've successfully made a SSID again, but I'm confused in the area of how to encrypt my internet so not just anybody can go and use my internet and use up my bandwidth. The following image is the basis of my confusion:

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Which option should I be picking? I don't know if these variables I'm about to list makes any difference in what password protection thing I should pick but I'm going to be having multiple laptops using this internet(and obviously the main family desktop), a printer, and game systems like Xbox 360s and stuff. So do I pick WPA Personal, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, RADIUS, or WEP. What is even the difference between all of these?


I'd appreciate any help as quick as possible. I don't really want any unauthorized subjects using my interwebz. :/ Thanks in advance!

Edited by Nate10, 20 August 2010 - 03:44 AM.


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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:09 AM

WPA2 Personal.Definitely.

If you have been on Disabled, i can tell you that someone's been getting on your wifis :)

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 06:33 PM

WPA2 Personal.Definitely.

If you have been on Disabled, i can tell you that someone's been getting on your wifis :)

Why that? What's even the difference between them all?

And we have had it encrypted for years until I reset it last night(which made the setting go back to default)leaving it unprotected.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:13 PM

WEP over the years has become easily cracked, while WPA2 still isn't.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:26 PM

WEP over the years has become easily cracked, while WPA2 still isn't.

Ah okay, I see what you mean. So you're saying I should pick WPA2Personal because it's harder to be cracked? If that's the case, why are there so many options to choose from? Why not just have a solid option?

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 11:07 AM

The time your router has been made, those were available, and there are many options because some cellphones/laptops can use only WEP.

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