I recently moved to East Tennessee from the Mississippi Gulf Coast after losing everything -- except the clothes we had on -- to Hurricane Katrina. Insurance company paid off and we are replacing some of our stuff -- I have replaced my desktop and laptop and am setting up home network.
I'm using a Motorola SBG900 modem with built-in access point. Desktop is hardwired through Ethernet connection but the laptop connects through wireless.
When I first fired up the SBG900 and my laptop, the laptop found six wireless networks -- mine and five others that I assume belong to people in my apartment complex. None of the five was secure so I tried connecting -- connected to every one of them. I figured I was doing something wrong by stealing their service so I disconnected and left them alone.
But -- I secured mine with WEP (or maybe it was WAP, I don't recall). Before I secured my network, I noticed the wireless light on the modem blinking but I was not connected -- I suspect someone else was connected to mine. With my network secured, I have not noticed the wireless light blinking unless I am connected.
Now, here's my question: Is there any application out there to warn me that someone has connected to my wireless network or that someone has cracked my security key? I have situated the access point so I can't see the lights without crawling under the table -- I'd like something that will run in the background and give me a screen pop when my access point is connected. Thanks.
My security key is garbled letters and numbers that I make up and change every two weeks.
And I'm a real novice at this stuff -- I just put the CD in the tray and follow the prompts.