Easy Belkin Wireless Router Question and use of Sony Vaio laptop...Wep versus MAC address.
Posted on 2004-11-16
I am trying to help a friend who has a new B/G Belkin Wireless Router (not sure if it is speedbooster model).
She hooked her cable modem into the Router and the Router hardwired via Ethernet to her Dell desktop PC. All is fine there of course.
She has a new Sony laptop with built-in wireless capabilities. Win XP-one user account.
She has that working fine as well at home.
She took it to a coffee shop (Starbucks) and it worked fine there as well.
**She wants a little more security on her wireless connection.
I am a newbie on this. If I put in a 10 position WEP key like 12345FFFFF (example only) on the Belkin router and on her built-in wireless unit in the Sony--things would work well ONLY in her house. I think it would not work at a wireless cafe'.
A. Someone told me I could set up two profiles but do not know how to do this. Need step by step instructions. Or perhaps just show her how to disable the key in her laptop only when she is outside her house in a cafe. Do not know which is better or easier???????
B. Same person said I could avoid the WEP key and set up a MAC address so that her wireless router (for wireless purposes) will only recognize the Sony laptop. Not sure how to get IP address of wireless Sony and enter it in and if I need to hardwire the laptop for a portion of this or perhaps use the desktop (already hardwired) to enter the MAC into the router.
Also we need to make sure the hardwired Dell desktop is not affected at all and always is connected to the Internet. It is attached to the router via Ethernet.
Thanks so much.