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Solutions: Create new wireless network security via Netgear site

I had a secured wireless network, but my laptop died and I had to buy a new one. There were some problems, and I had to take the laptop and router back to the store for the tech to "reconfigure." Now it works fine, but when I turn it on it says I have a "NOT SECURED" connection. What do I do?

First, go to Netgear's support website, http://kb.netgear.com/app, and look up your specific router's documentation (this is free) to make sure of the instructions as you follow along with my recommendations.

Through your browser, type in URL address:, which will take you to your router administration screen. Note that this address may be different for some other brands of routers, so always check their online doc before proceeding. The user name should be Admin and unless the tech at the store changed the password, it should be the Netgear default which is "password" (no quotes).

Once in, you should see a Wireless Settings menu option. I think Netgear uses WPA security, so look for that field and enter a passphrase (password). Again, check the documentation, as your specific Netgear router may be different. Also, change your network name in the SSID field from the default to something more descriptive, but stay away from names like "BobSmithsRouter." This will be the displayed network name you (and your neighbors) will see when you browse for networks. Save the settings and exit the administration program. You will then need to reconnect from all your wireless devices specifying the new password.

How do you adjust Internet Explorer's window size to open maximized from an Internet shortcut on the desktop? Nothing I've tried works. The window always opens in a smaller size when opening from a desktop shortcut.

All shortcuts have a "Run" setting (right-click, Properties) that controls window size when opened (Normal, Minimized, Maximized). Microsoft does this for all shortcuts except for URLs To beat it, create a new Desktop shortcut and enter "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" in the Item Location box (include the quotes), then skip a space and paste in the URL.

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Solutions: Create new wireless network security via Netgear site 07/25/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 10:45am]
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