How do I enable Wireless Security (WEP/WPA) my Thomson/Speedtouch router?
This guide uses screen shots from the Speedtouch router series however the Thompson interface is very similar and this guide should still apply.
NOTE – If you connect to the internet using a wireless network adapter, modifying the settings will temporarily disconnect you from the wireless network. Please make sure you have one of the supplied cables (Network/USB) to hand in case you are unable to get back on to the wireless after enabling security. If that is the case, simply follow the steps again but using a cable for connectivity instead.
To enable WEP/WPA/WPA2 security on the Thompson or Speedtouch router – you need to do the following;
On the Home Network page please select WLAN
On the Wireless LAN (WLAN) page, select Configure in the upper right hand corner
On the configuration page change the Network Name (SSID) from the default to a name of your choice, in this case the name has been changed from SpeedTouch9E4389 to Home.
Now select the type of encryption you want to use. You have the choice between;
Use WEP Encryption
Use WPA-PSK Encryption
WPA is the stronger form of encryption, however – some older computers with either old hardware, old versions of Windows or old software drivers may experience problems using WPA-PSK encryption. Computers supplied in the last couple of years should be able to use WPA encryption – it is always recommended to update your drivers if you experience problems (contact your computer supplier for more information). WEP is the simplest and most suitable option for the majority of users.
Once you have selected either WEP or WPA-PSK you will notice a couple of new options.
– If you selected WEP encryption – select a key length of 128bit and make a note of the WEP Encryption key
– If you select WPA-PSK encryption – make a note of the WPA-PSK Encryption Key. With WPA you can also select between WPA, WPA2 and WPA+WPA2. WPA is the recommended option. WPA2 is an improved version of WPA but you discover compatibility issues.
If you are currently connected to the router using a wireless network connection, after you click apply you will temporarily lose your connection to the router. If you are unable to get onto the router using the password, you can connect back to the router using one of the supplied cables to modify the settings.
After configuring all the options select Apply. If you use Windows you should now see a Secure Wireless Network with the new network name (Home in this example), likewise, you should see a Secure Network in the Airport utility.
Please Note: Screen shots may appear slightly different depending on Firmware Version and router model.