I was wondering if this is possible. If I can turn on/off wireless feature on a router on the fly. I would like to do this b/c I am considering getting a wireless router only b/c my gf wants to access the web on the laptop in our room (while I'm fragging on my pc
). but if she won't be using the laptop, I would like to turn wireless off. any input/suggestions? thanks.
Thats a great question that "might" not have an easy answer.
A lot will depend on which router you run.. For example - I run a Linksys WRT54GS. Under the Wireless section, it has a drop down for which type of wireless network to run (G, B, or A) and it also has the option for Disable.
If I choose Disable and hit save settings - then Wireless is turned off. If I then choose G or B, etc - and hit Save Changes - poof - its turned back on.
Most routers will work the same way, however - many routers will lose information when you do that.
The information that is lost is the security information which makes your wireless connection more secure (Your WEP encryption to be specific).
If you aren't worried about turning on WEP since your GF won't be running her laptop on your router full time - then ya - get a wireless router, turn on and off wireless as needed, but know that while wireless is on - that you could have people doing everything from 'borrowing' your internet, to using it to attempt to hack your network.
My Linksys for example, loses the WEP settings everytime I disable/enable the wireless connection.
If you want to turn on WEP encryption (which requires a 64Bit or 128Bit key to be entered in order to access the network) then you'll have to re-set that every time...
Hope this info helps and isn't too confusing!
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