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Old 05-28-2018, 11:49 AM
 
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How often should you change the password on your wireless router?


How can you find out if non-authorized people are accessing my wireless router?


We are currently stuck with DSL since we don't trust nor like our local cable TV provider and don't live in an area with higher speed network access than DSL. That means bandwidth access is limited. Spent my whole morning learning how to access my router on my laptop, changing network name and password, and reconnecting devices back to the network as well as manually disconnecting some devices from the router (like TV and DVD player for example). Our network speed and smart TV devices are just too slow to make them worth the time and effort. Currently the only devices connected are the satellite receiver, laptop, three smart phones, two tablets, and one printer.
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Old 05-28-2018, 12:39 PM
 
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Well depends on your Router, go to DHCP settings and you should see devices that are connected. Now just depends on your internet speeds if you can support those devices. ( i hope its more than 10mb).
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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You don't ever need to change your password if you have a good one.
The best passwords are long, 4 unrelated words.
PizzaHorseSevenWater
believe it or not is a phenomenal password.

Some routers offer phone apps (Netgeat being one) that allow you to manage your router on your phone. Easy to see who's connected.
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:43 AM
 
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Peregrine you made me check. Your PW example



My router PW



We were at friends house playing bridge last week and he was having problems with connection speed. I saw his router PW and checked it.

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Old 05-29-2018, 11:48 AM
 
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If your wondering my PW is similar to this:

5e6d7c8b9a#1234#8765#
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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3 ms...lol that's awesome. Well, not but...

You could share that site.
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:50 AM
 
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https://howsecureismypassword.net/

My bad for not sharing. Here ya go.
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:34 PM
 
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haha..

howsecureismypassword?

2 quintillion years
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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How old is your router?

I just replaced my 5 year old router today and my internet speeds are in a different universe now.
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:50 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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The algorithm on that password checking site is less than optimal. I entered a password patterned after one I used to use and it said 100 years, but it has less than 36 bits entropy, and as such would be cracked in only a few days, by a professional. I did, however, assess a password my former net admin cracked as being too weak (22 minutes).

It is also possible that the algorithm assumes 1 CPU, whereas professionals today use multiple GPU's for cracking.

All in all, though, unless you are a crypto geek, it is a fairly decent assessment tool.
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