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Old 12-28-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Just to add for a bit more understanding, your wireless network you set up at home is good for roughly 300 feet give or take, it is not for away from home access.
On that note, when you get your routers, MAKE SURE you set up your network with the security parameters that are often provided with them, so that nobody can tap in on your signal and get on your network, especially if you live in an apartment or a condo, which often puts your neighbors within the range of your wireless router. If any of your neighbors have laptops or desktops with wireless capability, they'll see signal from your wireless, but if your network is password-protected, they won't be able to login on it and access any of your files on any of your computers.

Just make sure you read the instructions that pertain to securing your network when you buy the routers.
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Old 12-30-2007, 02:29 PM
 
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On that note, when you get your routers, MAKE SURE you set up your network with the security parameters that are often provided with them, so that nobody can tap in on your signal and get on your network, especially if you live in an apartment or a condo, which often puts your neighbors within the range of your wireless router. If any of your neighbors have laptops or desktops with wireless capability, they'll see signal from your wireless, but if your network is password-protected, they won't be able to login on it and access any of your files on any of your computers.

Just make sure you read the instructions that pertain to securing your network when you buy the routers.
Good post! I'll add that you should use WPA encryption, not WEP. WPA is stronger and much more difficult to "break".
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Good post! I'll add that you should use WPA encryption, not WEP. WPA is stronger and much more difficult to "break".
Yup, use either WPA or WPA2, and also turn SSID broadcasting off (the latter step won't stop any serious network crackers, so it really doesn't do that much for security, but it will stop casual users from seeing your Wifi network as they're driving by).
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:19 AM
 
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Yup, use either WPA or WPA2, and also turn SSID broadcasting off (the latter step won't stop any serious network crackers, so it really doesn't do that much for security, but it will stop casual users from seeing your Wifi network as they're driving by).
If you want to do a bit more you can turn on MAC filtering and disable the DHCP server and use static IP's, again this will make it harder for the amature hacker, won't slow the pro's down much as you can spoof MAC addresses easilly.
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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If you want to do a bit more you can turn on MAC filtering and disable the DHCP server and use static IP's, again this will make it harder for the amature hacker, won't slow the pro's down much as you can spoof MAC addresses easilly.
I have better Wifi security -- the router is in my basement, and the ground all around the house blocks most of the signals except the ones that go up! :-)
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