Wireless, like it or not!

I updated my old Linksys router to a D-Link DI-824VUP router, which sports 802.11G and VPN. I mainly got it for the VPN feature, so I can use it on some projects. I like wireless, but only use it rarely. I was really surprised to find that there’s no way to turn the wireless off on this model. My Linksys router allowed for this. I contacted D-Link’s tech support about it, and here’s an excerpt of the reply:

You can log into the router configuration, go to the Advanced tab and the performance section. From there you can select the Disable SSID broadcast (which will prevent the SSID from being broadcast). You can also put the Antenna transmit Power to the lowest setting. On the Home tab, Wireless section you can enable encryption.

There does not appear to be a way to turn off the wireless broadcast completely, but doing these things will help prevent anyone from being able to access the router wirelessly.

I give them credit for replying quickly but I’m not thrilled with the answer. Maybe they’ll add a wireless on/off switch to future firmware, but I won’t hold my breath.

Update 2005-11-08: I just installed a new firmware, 1.05, and the first setting on the Wireless page says “Wireless Radio: On/Off.” It happily disables the Wifi when I don’t want it on. Cool!