How to secure your wireless network

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Learn how to secure your wireless (WiFi) network. Wireless Internet is supplied to your house through what is called a wireless router. This device makes a wireless network available within a limited range to which devices can be connected so that they can access the Internet wirelessly. This network can either be protected or open. An open network means that anyone who is within range of your network can connect and use your Internet service, whereas a protected network would require a password to connect.

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Shaw wireless devices are automatically setup with a password, and therefore are already protected. This document will show you where to find information about changing your pre-set wireless password on your Shaw wireless device, or alternatively how to setup a wireless password on your third party wireless router.. 



Instructions for Shaw WiFi modem

Shaw wireless devices come pre-setup with a wireless password. This password can be found on the white sticker on the top of your device.
If you would like to change this wireless password because you believe it has been compromised you can find out how to do so here: How to Change Your Wireless Network Password


Example of Wireless Devices Provided by Shaw

SMC RouterCisco Router
SMC RouterCisco Router


How to change your WiFi password on an SMC modem

How to change your WiFi password on a Cisco modem

How to change your WiFi password on an Arris modem

How to change your WiFi password on a Hitron modem

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Instructions for third-party router

Third-party wireless routers do not necessarily come pre-setup with a wireless password. In many instances, the routers are left "open" so that anyone can connect to them. You can set up a wireless password on your third-party router by following the support documentation available from the manufacturer of your device.

Third Party Support Resources:
Cisco Support
Netgear Support
DLink Support
Linksys Support
Apple Airport Support
Belkin Support
TRENDnet Support

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