Hi. I live in an apartment here in Bangkok and have my own wireless router, provided by the apartment block. The management have changed things recently though and I have a few questions - some probably a bit basic: wifi and networking is not one of the areas of IT in which I have much know-how... Apologies in advance!
1. Each apartment has its own router - but my new one is not encrypted, so anyone can use it I guess. Not that they would need to, as they have their own, and as it comes 'free' with the apartment someone using my wi-fi is not an issue re. usage. But should I worry about this in other ways? If so, can I add encryption myself, or must they do that centrally? A bit worried about messing the connection up (I connect to my printer via the wi-fi too) so am happy to leave the connection unencrypted unless there are major issues..
2. When I click Networks on the start menu of my laptop, I see my other PC there. When I try to connect, I am asked for a username and password. Where do I find these? I was given a password when I set up a network on this new laptop, but have no idea about the username - and neither username or password on the PC I want to connect to. (Or is the username just my PC account login name, as in C:\Users?).
3. Both this laptop and the PC run Windows 7 x64. Another laptop here also uses the wi-fi but runs Win XP. Can I connect to that too from the Windows 7 laptop?
Have Googled for 20 minutes but am clearly not hitting the right threads, hence this one...