Alright so now that our access point is configured we

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icon, and there is our NTI2 wireless network, let's go ahead and connect to it. Alright so now that our access point is configured, we can go ahead and connect to the wireless network, to do this I'm going to come down here, right-click on my Network icon, and then click Open Network in Sharing Center, and we want to click on Set up a new connection, or network, we want to manually connect to a wireless network, the network name is NTI2, we set it up to use WPA2PSK, which is the same as WPA2 personal, and then, we type in our security key that we configured. We have the option here to start this connection automatically and if I decide later on to turn SSID broadcast off, then we'll want to connect even if the network is not broadcasting, click Next, and we successfully added NTI2, now I can come down here, click on my Network icon, and then click on NTI2, and connect. And we are now connected to the wireless network, and at this point, I can unplug my wired connection, notice that the icon and the notification area change from a wired connection to a wireless connection, and now we can test it by accessing a site on the Internet. Works beautifully. Summary 13:35-13:42 That's it for this demonstration. In this demo, we talked about configuring a wireless access point, we configured the very settings on a wireless access point, and then we configured a laptop to connect to that wireless access point. If the SOHO router includes a wireless access point, or if a standalone wireless access point is being used, use the following configuration steps to configure and secure the wireless network: Action Description Change the default SSID Many manufacturers use a default SSID that contains identifying information (such as device manufacturer and model number), so it is important to change the device's SSID from the default. In addition to changing the default SSID, it is also possible to disable the SSID broadcast. This is known as SSID suppression or cloaking . With broadcasting disabled, the SSID needs to be manually entered into devices for them to connect to the network (the SSID will not show up in the list of available networks). Even with the broadcast disabled, it's relatively easy to identify the SSID of a network by using readily available applications. Because of this, SSID suppression should not be the only form of protection. Configure the wireless protocol If your access point supports multiple wireless protocols, select the protocols to support, such as 802.11n only or mixed mode (both 802.11n and 802.11g). Be aware that when using mixed mode, most access points will throttle all clients to the slowest connected protocol speeds (i.e. if a 802.11g client connects to the network, 802.11n clients will operate at 802.11g speeds). Configure the channel The channel identifies the portion of the wireless frequency used by the access point and connected devices.
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  • Spring '14
  • Computer network, Local area network, Network topology, Metropolitan area network

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