Securing the D-link DI-524 Wireless Router

Securing the D-link DI-524 Wireless Router

I recently created a post titled Securing Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G router in which I provided step-by-step instructions on securing the WRT54G router. The Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G router is a popular router, but it isn’t the only one on the market. In this post I will discuss how to secure another wireless router, the D-Link DI-524.

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Note:

If you are having trouble with the administrative pages for the router, try using the Internet Explorer Web browser. The administrative Web pages for the router seem to work better in Internet Explorer.

Securing Your Wireless Router

Note:

If you need to reset your router back to the factory defaults, then please read How to Reset the D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router.

To secure your D-Link DI-524 wireless router, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Internet browser and enter the following in the address bar: http://192.168.0.1.
  2. Note:

    If you have changed the IP address of your wireless router, enter that into the address bar. By default, the address is 192.168.0.1.

  3. Enter the user ID and password for your router. If you haven’t changed it, the default user ID is “admin” and the password is “blank”. We will change it later if you haven’t already changed it.
  4. We will first change the administrative password. First click the “Tools” tab at the top of the page. The “Admin” page should be displayed.
  5. Within the “Administrator Settings” on the right, enter a new password for the administrator beside “New Password” and then again beside “Confirm Password”.
  6. Click “Apply” at the bottom of the page. The next time you access the administrative options, you will need to enter the new password with the “admin” user ID.
  7. Next, click the “Home” tab, and then select “DHCP” on the right. The “DHCP Server” Web page should now be displayed.
  8. We will now limit the number of IP addresses assigned by your wireless router. Count the number of computers that will connect to the router, and change the “Ending IP Address” to allow that many computers to connect.
  9. For example, if you have three computers that need to connect to your wireless router, enter “102” into the text box. The first computer will get the IP address 192.168.0.100, the second 192.168.101 and the third 192.168.0.102.

  10. Click “Apply” at the bottom to save your changes.
  11. Now we will secure you wireless connection to prevent others from connecting. Under the “Home” tab, click the “Wireless” option from the left.
  12. Beside the “SSID” option, enter the name for your wireless network connection.
  13. This is where the steps are different depending on which revision of the DI-524 you are using. Beside “Security”, if you see “WPA-PSK”, then you should select that option, and then go to step 14. If you see a dropdown list, select “WPA”. If you can’t connect using “WPA”, then select “WEP”. Using “WPA” will provide a much more secure connection that using “WEP”. For more information about WEP and WPA please read Wireless Security: WEP and WPA.
  14. Click “AES” beside the “Cypher Type”.
  15. Make sure “PSK” is selected beside “PSK/EAP”.
  16. Now you must get very creative. Specify a long “Passphrase” with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation. Once again, please read Creating Secure Passwords for tips on how to do this. In this case the longer the better.
  17. Make sure you write down this key somewhere, either on a piece of paper or in a text document on your computer. You will need this information when you connect to your wireless network.

  18. Enter your passphrase next to “Passphrase” and again beside Confirmed Passphrase.
  19. Click Apply to save your security settings.
  20. Now you are all done securing your wireless router and network. All you need to do is connect to your network, and enter your “Passphrase” exactly as you specified it. I won’t go into detail on how to connect to your wireless network, as I will save that for another post.

Wireless Router Security Connection Questions

How come we didn’t disable the SSID broadcast? Won’t that help with securing my wireless connection?
It has been mentioned many times that disabling your SSID broadcast will help secure your network. The reality is that those who attempt to get into your wireless network will be able to easily pick up or SSID whether it is broadcasted or not. You may also have problems connecting to your wireless router if you disable the broadcasting of your SSID. I keep it enabled.
Question: Why do you specify to use WPA – Personal first, and not WEP?
The reason is that WPA is much more secure than WEP, and therefore you should use that security mode over WEP. An experienced hacker can easily crack WEP encryption so it doesn’t provide as strong security as WPA. If you can’t use WPA, use WEP because it is still better than nothing.

Summary

This post provided step-by-step instructions on securing your D-Link DI-524 wireless router. After following the steps, you should now be confident knowing that you have a secure wireless Internet connection.

133 Responses to “Securing the D-link DI-524 Wireless Router”

  1. connor says:

    So after I made my network secure i was not able to connect any of the other computers to it. I have reset it and re-followed the steps but every time I go to connect the laptop at work and enter the password, it says it can not connect. I have no clue what I have done wrong.. I guess i am going to have to reset the router and just have an open network, which i dont want to do because i always have people pull up after hours to use my wifi.

  2. Bratt says:

    Hiding SSID is a very good thing to have, and this explanation do not stand in 99,99% cases .
    Ordinary are not that technically savvy and in normal conditions, regular user is not facing world-class-hacker attack threat.

    All best!

    • Paul Salmon says:

      Actually, hiding the SSID does nothing with respect to security. Sure it will keep the ordinary user from seeing your wireless network, but the ordinary user won’t have the knowledge to hack your network anyway. Hiding the SSID would just cause more headaches than necessary as some devices may have issues connecting to a wireless network that has a hidden SSID. I have experienced such issues in the past.

  3. Thomas E says:

    Hey Paul, not sure if you’ll respond but its worth a try! I was changing this for my in-laws and everything was going smoothly with the DL 524 until attempting to save the WPA-PSK passphrase. For whatever reason, I could click apply but was unable to save the changes.

    Have you run into this previously? Any solutions? I have seen a few sites mentioning to download the page and change a handful of scripts. I have done so with no luck.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      A few others have seen the same thing with different routers. If you aren’t using Internet Explorer, I suggest you use that browser when changing settings in the router.

      • Thomas says:

        I tried in IE, apparently I needed to use compatibility mode. Using that allowed me to save appropriately.

        • Paul Salmon says:

          The DI-524 is an older router, so the administrative Web pages are probably not up to snuff with today’s technology, which explains needing to use compatibility mode.

          Good to hear you got it working.

  4. VJ says:

    Paul , on the Admin Page, there are two places where password is mentioned 1, on the top for ADMIN, then just bel0ow that for User Do I need to change the one under USER as well? Also, there is a box at the bottom for IP address, assuming you type in 192.168.0.1 before clicking “Apply” button.

  5. Madison says:

    Thank you so much for this precise, detailed post! I was finally able to secure my network successfully.

  6. Angela says:

    Hi, I just followed all your directions and was able to secure my network and I have great reception. My issue is… even though it was set up exactly as you said, nothing will load. It’s like the wireless isn’t even working. Even with my wireless password put it and accepted, if I unplug the cable cord from my iMac, I cannot get any internet pages to load and I definitely can’t get anything to load on my phone. Any idea what’s going on here?Thanks!Angela

  7. PIERRE LAI says:

    Hi i have a DLINK D1-524, is it possible to configure to an access point to my netgear router.Can you please tell me how to configure and which type of cables (straight or reverse),thanks and waiting for your favorable reply. Kind regards Pierre Lai

  8. Andre says:

    THANK YOU! I’ve tried, unsuccessfully; many times to password protect my wireless system from unwanted access, until today. I was able to make it happen today, with the above help and guidance. I followed the instructions step-by-step and a few minutes later my system was password secured. Thank you for putting this on-line for people like me.

  9. Rowdee says:

    Excellent. In all the years of struggle with modems, this has been right on the money and absolutely simple to follow. Thank You!! The only change I need was to use TKIP instead of AES to get my Samsung phone and all our Iphones and Ipads to connect at the same time.

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