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    Dunkyboy
    How to find my device name, ( for wireless setup)
    • #1
    • 7th Dec 08, 4:47 PM
    How to find my device name, ( for wireless setup) 7th Dec 08 at 4:47 PM
    currently setting up wireless security for laptop with a netgear DG834G.
    So far i have changed the password on the login page.
    I have changed the SSID name
    I have turned off broadcast SSID
    I have the Mac code for the laptop i want to use, BUT.

    it wants the device name, and i have no idea what this means or where to find it. I assume it means the name of the laptop ? is that right :confused: ?.

    Please tell me what to do.
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    • By DCFC79 7th Dec 08, 4:59 PM
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    • 7th Dec 08, 4:59 PM
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    • 7th Dec 08, 4:59 PM
    Ive thought about using mac address filtering but i don't see the point as the router has a password on it
  • Dunkyboy
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    • 7th Dec 08, 5:30 PM
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    • 7th Dec 08, 5:30 PM
    I am just taking things one step at a time.
    Things seemed straight forward untill this device name thing came up.

    Loaner, you say i can use anything, does this mean i put any old name as the device name. I was thinking that i would have to go on the laptop and some how give it a name so it can reconise it as well as the mac number.

    I will do the psk thing next, but one jump at a time.
    thanks for your help though.
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  • Leopard
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    • 7th Dec 08, 5:54 PM
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    • 7th Dec 08, 5:54 PM

    Dunkyboy,

    Assuming that you are logged into the router - as it sounds as if you are - click on the "LAN IP setup" in the menu on the left of your screen (I'm looking at the menu of a DG834 as I write this). It's under "Advanced".

    Click on "Add" (near the bottom).

    In the window that opens, and by entering things manually in the little boxes, assign the device an IP address (e.g. 192.168 0.11), enter its MAC number and give it a name.

    Click on "Add".

    This will take you back to the previous page. Be certain then to click on "Apply" or what you've just done will be ignored.

    Thereafter, you will see the name you've given it displayed by the router.


    PS. MAC filtering does help. Even if people know your passwords they will not be able to get on to your network if their MAC number is not on your assigned list and they don't know a way past that.

  • Dunkyboy
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    • 7th Dec 08, 6:12 PM
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    • 7th Dec 08, 6:12 PM
    WOW, I'M CONNECTED.

    Thanks for your help.
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  • Leopard
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    • 7th Dec 08, 6:28 PM
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    • 7th Dec 08, 6:28 PM

    Not telling you that until you reveal just how you are displayed here as having submitted only 13 posts but have been thanked 794 times for 654 of them...

  • Dunkyboy
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    • 7th Dec 08, 6:38 PM
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    • 7th Dec 08, 6:38 PM
    encrypted ??
    when i checked to see what wireless networks are available mine came up as SECURE .
    But my neighbour (don't know which one ) has a unsecure network, think i should tell them ?.
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    • donny-gal
    • By donny-gal 7th Dec 08, 9:39 PM
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    • 7th Dec 08, 9:39 PM
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    • 7th Dec 08, 9:39 PM
    My router offers the following security options:
    DisableWEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy)
    WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key)
    WPA2-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 with Pre-Shared Key)
    WPA-PSK + WPA2-PSK
    WPA-802.1x
    WPA2-802.1

    I am using wpa-pak plus the mac codes, is this good enough?

    Thanks
    DG
    Last edited by donny-gal; 07-12-2008 at 9:41 PM.
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  • Leopard
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    • 8th Dec 08, 1:26 AM
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    • 8th Dec 08, 1:26 AM

    My router offers the following security options:
    DisableWEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy)
    WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key)
    WPA2-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 with Pre-Shared Key)
    WPA-PSK + WPA2-PSK
    WPA-802.1x
    WPA2-802.1

    I am using wpa-pak plus the mac codes, is this good enough?

    Thanks
    DG
    Originally posted by donny-gal
    WPA2 would be better.

    WPA + WPA2 would be more flexible.

    (That's one Hell of batting average you've got! )

    • donny-gal
    • By donny-gal 8th Dec 08, 7:43 AM
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    donny-gal
    Thanks guys, maybe I should move this to a new thread, but does WPA2 restrict what will connect at all?

    The reason I ask is I have a Netgear MP101 music player and atm it will not connect to the router, it sees it but does not get an IP address.

    Re the password, is it that 8 characters is not enough or that it needs to be a mixture of letters and numbers? Age is against long passwords

    The batting average is being part of daily threads, where folks use thanks to know where they have got up to reading though I do try to help when I can.:rolleyes:

    DG
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  • Conor
    Loaner, you say i can use anything, does this mean i put any old name as the device name..
    Originally posted by Dunkyboy
    Yes. I put in Wii,PS3, Xbox360, Kidslaptop, mylaptop, sisinlawslaptop for the device name in mine so I know what is where.

    WPA2 DOES restrict what will connect. The Xbox360 doesn't support WPA2. It will also not connect if you select the WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK option.

    WPA hasn't been cracked yet so it's perfectly safe as long as you're not using a word or obvious thing as a password.
    • donny-gal
    • By donny-gal 8th Dec 08, 8:07 PM
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    donny-gal
    How do you find out what will connect via what apart from trial and error.
    DG
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  • MikeWhitehead
    I know it's not entirely related to the subject, but from a security standpoint if you can avoid wireless connections then do so. MAC address filtering isn't 100% (MAC addresses are fairly easy to spoof) and don't get me started on ARP poisoning, WPA-PSK passkey weaknesses (has been cracked under TKIP), etc.
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