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.


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


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:
  2. Note:

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

  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, the second 192.168.101 and the third

  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.


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 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.

  10. Donna says:

    Thank you !!!!!!! Thanks for explaining how to lock my WIFI so simply and easily understandable !!!! I did it and it worked !!!! (((((big hugs for you )))))

  11. Jack says:

    Hello. Can you help me!!! I cann`t connect to internet by wireless g router di-524, because it ask me security key. !!! Can you write security key for me !!!
    s/n: dy07369043390
    upc code / EEU 790069282546
    mac id: 00179a-f7dc0e
    Thank you !!!

    • Rowdee says:

      Should be admin/admin. You can reset if you dont remember. Theres a small hole in the back of the modem just above the power supply conex. Use a straightened paper clip and reset the modem. Then, just run the wizrd and reset all the info. Default user/pass is always admin/admin. Dont change it.

      • Robert says:

        If you value your security then change the default password. If you don’t care about people looking at your data as in credit card information, personal emails, and IM chats then by all means keep the default password.

  12. mukesh says:

    hi i i’m forget im passwood pls tell

  13. Schmidtke Beate says:

    I reset the network ID but can not remember the password – nor do I find the the original one. Is there any way of getting to it somehow? We need to reset the amount of computers that are linked with our wireless router- Can you help?

  14. David G says:

    How do I change the channel on my Dlink DL-524 router?

    • chirayu says:

      hello sir
      i have changer my D-link password b4, but now i can remember it plzzzzzzz help me i need to reset it some other is also using my internet.plz reply me

  15. Michael says:

    Well, everything he said seemed to work right up to the point of clicking apply for the Passphrase, and nothing happens.
    It’s as if the “Apply” button is dead.
    My router is not showing the new name and is still unsecured!
    Do we have to unplug then restart it to get it to change and accept the password?

    And clicking “HELP” is anything but help!

    • Michael says:

      OK, after reading the other posts, yes, Internet Explorer does work and he should mention that in the beginning.

      I only use Fire Fox.

      Does anyone still use that old clunky thing to surf the net for anything other than resetting their D-Link?

      • Paul Salmon says:

        Hi Michael, I’ll include a note in the beginning of the post for users to try IE first. Many people still use IE for surfing the net, mainly because it is included with Windows. I don’t find the new versions to be too bad, but I find Chrome to be a smaller and faster Web browser.

  16. Jack says:

    where does it say security???

  17. jc says:

    Thank you, I really appreciate these detailed instructions. They were easy to understand and helped me reset my router after spending hours trying to reset my router unsuccessfully!

  18. janet says:

    i am at the point of passphrase for wpa-psk but when i click apply nothing happens. stays with the default unsecured network. seems apply at this point it not being accepted as nothing happens. I had the wpa-psk and the wpa choices in my dropdown. when I picked the wpa choice i did not have the same steps you had so I went back to wpa-psk but it seems I can not apply????????

    • Paul Salmon says:

      What web browser are you using?

    • Faron Dawe says:

      I had the same issue. I use Mac and tried it on both Mac firefox and safari – I got the same result as you – nothing happens. I then tried it on PC firefox – STILL didn;t work. It did work for me in IE for PC. Hope it works for you.

      • Paul Salmon says:

        For some reason many of the router administrative pages work est in IE. Did you have any add-ins/plugins loaded in Firefox? If you did, try running Firefox in safe mode to see if that corrects the problem.

  19. Naveed Hassan says:

    Dear Experts,
    Currently, I am using DI-524 wireless router in my WLAN environment. In my one laptop, when we connect to the Dlink, it’s connected without asking Network Security Key. May be this happen because of wireless profile.
    But the issue is, I forget the Network Security Key. Therefore unable to connect on wireless router from my another laptop.
    Please help and explain me from where I can change the Network Security Key. Please note that I am novice user, guide me in detail please.

    Naveed Hassan

    • Paul Salmon says:

      What you can do is reset the router so all settings are set back to the factory defaults. After the router is reset, following the above steps to secure the router and setup another network security key.

  20. Wendy B says:

    Thank you! I think I am in love…just don’t tell my husband!

  21. craig says:

    great tutorial thx.

  22. Kitty says:

    I have a DI-524 router and a Mac computer. My hubby has a PC.Our wireless connection keeps dropping, so we are trying to make it secure. I’m connected by hardwire now and I changed my password and now have to use that to login. Tried to put 102 in the lower text box to limit number of computers but when I applied that nothing happened so I put it in one of the top IP address and hit apply and immediately lost my connection so had to reset the router and start again. Skipped the 102 thing this time and went to Wireless. I want to change the SSID so put something in there and I have tried all 3 options they give for security but every time I hit “apply” nothing happens and when I check my wireless connection it still shows the network name as “dlink” and it is not secure. What am I doing wrong?

  23. Steve says:

    Don’t even try to do this in FIREFOX wasted my morning IE worked in seconds

    • Paul Salmon says:

      Firefox and most router’s administrative pages seem to not be too compatible. I’m thinking it may be a plugin conflict, but to be on the safe side I usually just use IE.

  24. graciela says:

    THANK YOU! i recently moved out and lost all the router info. my maternity leave ends this friday and i’ve asked the company to start working home office, but did not have the router installed due to lack of info. i successfully reset it and set it today following your post. meaning, i’ll work at home and take care of my little sputnik, without sending him to jail.. oops… sorry… i mean day care. soooo happy! THANK YOU!

  25. varleria says:

    all i want to no is what my wep key is ? for di-524?

  26. Phatkid says:

    i set up the security assigned ip to computers on one laptop the signal is 2 bars how do i increase the signal strength for di link 524 to linksys ibm

    • Paul Salmon says:

      The DI-524 doesn’t have a setting to manually increase the strength, at least none that I know of. There are other solutions that involve making physical changes to the router’s antennae, using a repeater, or moving the system closer to the router, or vice versa.

  27. Paul Zizka says:

    Hi all.

    Just moved and now trying to set up wireless network at the new place. However when I go to to change the SSID and enable WPA-PSK and then click “Apply”, nothing happens.

    I should say I am on a Mac desktop trying to set this up, and I can see the network on my laptop. I just can’t secure it because the d-link menu won’t “apply”.

    Can anyone help me out??


    • Paul Salmon says:

      Usually if it won’t apply it is because of the browser. Some people have had problems with Firefox, which may be because of specific extensions that are installed. Have you tried using different browsers?

      • Paul Zizka says:

        Thanks for your input Paul. I have now tried with Safari, Opera and OmniWeb. Can you recommend a browser I could try?


        • Paul Salmon says:

          When changing the settings are you hard-wired into the router or making the changes wirelessly? If you aren’t hard-wired to the router, I suggest you connect your system to the router via a network cable.

          • Paul Zizka says:

            I am hard-wired… Strange…

            • Robert B says:

              The PSK has to be at least 8 characters long for the “Apply” to be successful. In IE a pop-up box will appear if it is less than 8 characters but for some reason the pop-up box does not show in Chrome or Firefox.

              • Paul Salmon says:

                Thanks for the info, Robert. I never tried entering a PSK that was less than 8 characters so I never had any problems. The information you provided should help others that have trouble with saving the PSK.

  28. Diane says:

    Can someone help me find a site that tells me how to secure a D-Link DI-614+ router?

  29. marie says:

    I’ve reset the router but still do not have AES/Cypher Type after I click WEP. Where is this?

  30. RLN says:

    Very good, easy instructions and it worked!

  31. Chris Lee says:

    That was an awesome post… it was detailed just enough to get me on the right track and was very concise. Thanks.

  32. Justin says:

    I reset my router following this outline, but when i get to the security part I selected wpa-psk. I entered a new passphrase and hit acept/apply but it doesnt apply changes. Please help, my network is unsecured.

  33. Terrie says:

    I don’t think my spelling helps when I click on ok a blank screen ups up with the number 401 and I can go no further

  34. Terrie says:

    I tried to set up my router yesterday and it would not go any further then the admin ok then 401 comes up on the next screen with a blance. I have not put any password for anything I am just starting.

    • Paul says:

      Try resetting your router and try to secure it again. There could be a setting that is preventing your from getting to the admin pages.

      • Terrie says:

        I did try by putting a pin in the reset hole but that didn’t do anything.

        • Paul says:

          Did you hold the rest button in long enough? I know the button can be finicky at times. A 401 indicates authentication is possible, but it has failed or hasn’t been provided. Did you enter your admin and password information correctly?

          • Terrie says:

            When I get to the spot where you put the word admin and then no password when I go enter that is when I get the 401 message.

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  36. Raja says:

    hi paul ..
    i set up wireless router of D-link model no DI-624 , i gave the ip address,
    screen appear user name and password, I gave the Admin username than Ok ,
    but not accepted.
    kindlu help me to set up my router..

  37. Annie says:

    Hello. I tried to set up my router yesterday, but I entered the IP address I had at the time I set it up. I was following some other instructions online that were not very clear. I managed to secure the network and figure out how to enter my passphrase, but I can’t get on now – it won’t validate. I’m guessing this is because I no longer have that IP address that I told the router to accept. I don’t know what that address was now, though. I’ve been looking online for help. How do I sign back on to change the IP address back to the one in this article if I don’t have that number? Thank you!

    • Paul says:

      I’m not sure exactly which IP address you are referring to: the one assigned to your computer or the actual IP address of the router. To connect, you don’t really need to worry about the IP addresses, as it should be handled by the router and your computer automatically, unless you have turned off DHCP.

      If you can’t connect through a wireless connection, try connecting to the router using a network cable – you don’t need the passphrase to connect this way.

      If all else fails, you can always reset your router back to factory defaults outlined in How to Reset the D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router.

      • Annie says:


        That’s what I did – I reset it. I had entered the IP address that I had when I was setting it up (googled “what’s my IP address?”), but that wasn’t my IP address anymore. I reset the router, though, and went through your directions, and they worked great.

        Thank you!

  38. Julio says:

    That was a really complete and comprehensive explanation.

    Thank you very much!

  39. Crys says:

    Thanks so much!

  40. Anthony says:

    hey paul,
    im having the same problem as jorn and tracey, any chance of an update to this thread?

    • Paul says:

      Do you see an option for WPA-PSK? If so, then select that option, which should allow you to enter your passphrase. That setting depends on the revision of the route you are using. Revisions A and C have the WPA-PSK option, while revision D has the dropdown list containing the WPA and WPA2 options.

      I have modified the post to include the options for the three revisions.

  41. cristina says:

    I have a question. so I secured my wireless. recently I couldn’t connect to the Internet ( because of the providers) so I connected to some unprotected wireless network. and when I connected back to my wireless network my password was already written and only have to press connect. My question is, is it only to me that it appears this way or to the others as well? In other words, shouldn’t I be asked for my password every time I connect to my wireless network?

  42. Jørn Martinsen says:

    Hi Paul!
    Thanks. but the problem is when I select WPA to prevent others from connecting, I dont have Cypher Type. instead I have encryption which I select AES. then I dont have any option for PSK /EAP. then it doesnt ask me for Passphrase. instead, it asks me about “802.1X Settings” which contains questions about “RADIUS Server IP”, “RADIUS port” and “RADIUS Shared Key”.

    I dont know what`s wrong with my router. but it seems that something is not in its right place. please help me.
    And yes i have reset the router.several times..
    I hope you have an idea 🙂

    • Paul says:

      Can you send me a screenshot of what you see? You can use the contact form in the navigation bar near the top.

      • Tracey Young says:

        Hi Paul, I have the same problem as Jorn was hoping you might be able to tell me steps I have to take to secure my router

        Jorn wrote – The problem is when I select WPA to prevent others from connecting, I dont have Cypher Type. instead I have encryption which I select AES. then I dont have any option for PSK /EAP. then it doesn`t ask me for Passphrase. instead, it asks me about “802.1X Settings” which contains questions about “RADIUS Server IP”, “RADIUS port” and “RADIUS Shared Key”.

        Hope you can help

  43. cristina says:

    ok i solved that proble. now what’s a preshare key?

  44. Guillaume says:

    super thank you!
    really helpfull article

  45. anthony says:

    hi. it’s me again. i did a reset. problem solved. thanks.


  46. anthony says:

    Hi. I have a different problem. I bought the DI-524 a few years ago. I installed it only last year. I remember not finishing the entire installation procedure. We moved to a different apartment and being so busy at the time, i wasn’t able to use the router again. Now, I’m trying to reinstall it, but when i connect to it keeps on asking for my username and password. I think I changed the username and password because it won’t accept ADMIN anymore. Now, after almost a year, I can’t seem to recall what username I used. What should I do? Should I reset it to its original factory settings? I hope you can help me. Thank you in advance.


  47. maybe u can help me says:

    HI! I have the followings:
    * sending “log” on email doesnt work; I use a gmail adress with the (the setting from gmail help) and it doesnt work; on yahoo I didnt, yet, getted how i can find this setting for smtp server;
    * how I can make a PC from LAN available on net; I did all it says in help: doesnt work, but I saw that on “firewall” I have a ” Deny Default *, * LAN, * *, * ” and this isnt active to be changed.

    Thanks and thanks again!

  48. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for the information on setting up the DI-524 router. I have followed all of your instructions but I am still trying to secure the network. On the wireless page where you select the type of security (WEP or WPA) I selected WPA-PSK as I believe you suggested. It asks for the passphrase and after typing it in and clicking “apply”, it does not accept the passphrase. Nothing happens. I can’t seem to “apply” it. I’ve tried all the different settings, WEP, WPA, etc and none of them work. Any suggestions?

  49. Ferg says:

    Hi I have a problem. I bought the DI-524 OFF a friend of mine a few weeks ago same as I bought a Acer Aspire 5050 laptop. It has a Broadcom wireless in it but that’s not really the point. (But it can find other routers are my area can’t hook up to them highly illegal of course plus they are WEP)

    The point is that the WLAN keeps flashing.. The firmware I have in it

    Current Firmware Version: 3.23
    Firmware Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006

    I’ve tried resetting after resetting after resetting, it still flashes. I is starting to get frustrating as I have been trying for about a week now. I’ve tried every different steps to correct this problem.

    The WLAN light has been flashing since the day I got it. Is it the wireless router or am I doing something wrong.

    Thanks for any help.

    This is what I am now calling

    Ferg’s Frustration LOL

    • Paul says:

      Are you able to connect to the router with your laptop? If so, have you logged in and secured the router?

      There is also a built-in log within the router that will indicate any activity from other computers that you don’t own. You may want to check that log.

  50. Neo1708 says:

    Hi. I’ve been trying to get my nintendo ds into our little wireless circle consisting entirely of our two destop computers. The thing is, the router’s locked, nobody knows the pass, but the computers are running fine. (we got them wireless when we knew the pass) Now, if I reset the router, [di-524], could I simply add my ds’s ip address to the list from instruction #7?

    • Paul says:

      You should ensure that your router assigns at least three IP addresses. Once for each of your two desktops, and one for you DS as shown in the example in step 7.

  51. Clueless says:

    I cant even connect to the router. i have an ethernet cord connecting me directly to the dlink but when i type in the brower it can not display the webpage. Am i doing something wrong? which point am i meant to connet it to? i currently have it in the 1st point “WAN”

    • Przemek Klosowski says:

      You can’t use the WAN network link to access the browser config page; it only shows up when you connect to one of the four internal network ports. This is because a) the address of the WAN port is received from the WAN uplink and normally will be different than, and b) WAN port doesn’t run the configuration page because it would potentially allow everyone on the internet to reconfigure your router.

      • K says:

        I too am unable to access, I have ADSL modem (yep i know…….. OLD) I have linked my modem and router as per manual, yet I am still unable to connect to the desired config page. My wireless is working, however it is unsecured. HELP…..

  52. Mel says:

    I have a dlink di-524. I don’t have problems with the wireless connection to the internet. It’s just when I play a streaming videos online from a website that opens in windows media player (WMP). WMP just opens for about 5 to 6 seconds and exits out. Your help is much appreciated. Thanks.

  53. Laura says:

    I’m trying to get into and it’s asking me for my name and password.
    Nothing is working…….How can I have this reset?? I am trying to secure my router.

  54. ELLY says:


    I have many problems with my dlink di524, sometimes i just can’t connect but i always have e very good signal. When I reset dlink it’s fixed. It happens once a month for a few times and then it’s once in two weeks.
    When it was daily I went back to my shop and said something was wrong with the dlink. They tried it but they had no probs.
    I took it home and it worked for a month until te probs started again. Try to explain that to a shopmember 😉
    Do any of you have such probs?


    • Paul says:

      Once in a while I do lose my Internet connection, although I can still connect to the router. When that happens I usually unplug the router and reset the cable modem. Once the modem is back online, I then power up the router.

      When you mention you can’t connect – does this mean you can’t connect to the Internet, or to the router itself? If it is the Internet, it may want to contact your ISP. If it is the router, it could be a hardware issue, even though the shop couldn’t find a problem. If your router is several years old, you may want to then look into getting a new one.

  55. Mike Mc says:

    Your article, and the one on resetting the router wonderfully helpful. However I have tried your instructions to secure the router soooo many times…. I can get the router to show up on the list of wireless connections and can then connect with it BUT I cannot seem to get into crypto or secured mode. (I thought I had it once but was so concused by it all that I wasn’t sure). ANY help greatly appreciated.

  56. Mike says:

    I’ve got the DI-524 all secure and ready to go, however it still doesn’t show up on my laptop when I try to find it. I think I need to change the channel but I don’t know what channel to change it to. Your help is much appreciated in advance. Thanks!

  57. Toria says:

    Thank you for taking the time out to go through these steps! I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to asap.

  58. Oveis says:

    Thanks. but the problem is when I select WPA to prevent others from connecting, I dont have Cypher Type. instead I have encryption which I select AES. then I dont have any option for PSK /EAP. then it doesnt ask me for Passphrase. instead, it asks me about "802.1X Settings" which contains questions about "RADIUS Server IP", "RADIUS port" and "RADIUS Shared Key".

    I dont know what`s wrong with my router. but it seems that something is not in its right place. please help me.

  59. Caged says:

    thanks for the info on the D Link router, i am curious however as to teh pros/cons of using TKIP opposed to AES encyrption, also in my installation I have two wired PC (Cat5) and then a wireless link to a laptop, I also have a Cat 5 link running from the D-link to another wireless router to act as a “repeater” for being out in the garden (come summer) I am damned if I can get XP pro to let all computers have a file/printer share and shared drives, half the time I can’t get the PCs to see eachother, and even when they can I can’t access shared drives or print.
    Any suggests most appreciated.

  60. Joseph says:

    Thank you VERY much !!! your detailed instructions did the trick ! i must admit that i had spent hours searching and following other techs suggestions but once i stumpled across yours, it was a breeze. once again, thank you ! cheers ! … Joseph

  61. Best says:

    I have the same problem as Star who posted on November 19.

    “Star November 19, 2008 7:23 am
    Hmm can you explain me for this please:
    Its quite different from what you said”

    I can’t find anything after step 11.

  62. Me says:

    Thank you. You have been very helpful to me. 🙂

  63. Paul says:

    You can simply close the browser.

  64. Me says:

    Thank you for replying. Now one more question if you don’t mind. There is no log out button in my router’s web page, 192.168.something. I just close the page, that’s it and I’m logged out?

  65. Star says:

    Hmm can you explain me for this please:
    Its quite different from what you said
    P.S. My email is

  66. Paul says:

    The passphrase is remembered so you don’t have to worry about entering it each and every time.

    • Mathieu says:


      Just picked up a used D-Link (DI-524) router, which seems to date back to 2008. Not sure if going with such an old router was a good idea, but someone suggested it to me and it seems to be working fine. Your post was very simple and useful in getting things set up. I have a similar question to a previous post. Just wanted to confirm that the connection is secure even though my laptop automatically connects to the modem, without asking the pass key.

      Question: Would an outside user be required to provide the pass key?

      Thanks again,

      • Paul Salmon says:

        Do you mean automatically connects to the router or modem? If you mean router, then you only need to supply the passphrase the first time you connect to your wireless network. After that, you won’t need to provide it as it will automatically connect to the network – unless you change the passphrase.

  67. Me says:

    I just want to be sure. I was able to do apply WPA – PSK. My question is my whenever I open my laptop, it automatically connects to the wireless network. Isn’t it that it should ask my network key first every time I open it? Or does my laptop remember the first time I entered my passphrase?

    Thanks. Hope you can answer me.

  68. Very helpful, thanks.

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