I'd change the default SSID and disable SSID broadcasting (not much, but it hides your wireless network unless somebody knows your SSID or actively sniff for it), and set WPA/WPA2 encryption with a good secure shared key. Also, if you haven't already, changing your router password from the default one is always a good idea
I changed the SSID and used a passphrase and then clicked GENERATE like the instructions said. A long (26 character) key showed up in a box marked key1. When i plug the usb wireless card into my computer it automatically connects and i can use the connection, but it doesnt ask for a password. AND, it always says "validating Identity" in the network status window. I guess i just don;t know enough about it to make it work right.
It is WEP. That is what all the info I could find said to do. All I need is to make sure a password is needed to connect to my network. This should be a lot easier than they make it. The linksys site and their manual are useless. I've built hundreds of computers but I am no network guru. One would think they could have software in the router with a PASSWORD TO CONNECT tab.
I read thru the link you posted and I thank you for that. But it's way over my head. I don;t understand what they are telling me.
You are making it harder on yourself by using WEP. Unless you have really old wifi hardware, USE WPA OR WPA2. Just set a WPA passphrase on the router, connect to the router with your wifi computer, and enter the WPA passphrase when prompted. I don't know how to tell you any clearer than that.
Now thats what I'm talking about. I was looking for the wrong stuff. There is nowhere in my settings to stop the broadcasting of the SSID. Thats what was confusing me. I switched to WPA, created the password and all is good. Thank you both for the education!! Much appreciated.