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Old 06-27-2008, 10:00 PM
 
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I purchased a wireless laptop and have a belkin54g router that connects my laptop and computer to the internet. Problem is that I notice that other people are using my belkin router. Is there a way that I can lock unknown persons from using my wireless internet connection via the router?

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Old 06-27-2008, 10:56 PM
 
Location: WV
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You should have security options on your router. The easiest is WEP. If you have this Belkin router, then it should have easy WEP setup. Check your documentation.
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:05 AM
 
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WEP will keep the casual poacher off but it won't stop anyone who knows enough to grab a free cracking tool off the Internet. Use WPA-PSA (also called WPA Personal) instead. Use a random password of at least 20 characters. Something like WdGG40fv&peG. Do NOT use anything you'd find in the dictionary.
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Does it bother you if they use your connection? I leave mine open and when I am on the road I am glad others do too. Don't be selfish.
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Old 06-28-2008, 01:37 AM
 
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Does it bother you if they use your connection? I leave mine open and when I am on the road I am glad others do too. Don't be selfish.
And when they download illegal things on your Internet connection, you can explain that to the nice men who'll kick in your door.
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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WEP will keep the casual poacher off but it won't stop anyone who knows enough to grab a free cracking tool off the Internet. Use WPA-PSA (also called WPA Personal) instead. Use a random password of at least 20 characters. Something like WdGG40fv&peG. Do NOT use anything you'd find in the dictionary.
Have you ever really looked at what it takes to crack in to WEP? I simply wouldn't have the time or patience. The easier security is to simply specify the allowed MAC addresses and use WEP if you are concerned about someone seeing your traffic.
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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And when they download illegal things on your Internet connection, you can explain that to the nice men who'll kick in your door.
And how do they prove beyond reasonable doubt that you were the one doing illegal things?

I'm sure the precedent has already been set. except that a few recent court cases have required actual proof of transfer occuring.
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Old 06-28-2008, 11:42 AM
 
Location: WV
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WEP will keep the casual poacher off but it won't stop anyone who knows enough to grab a free cracking tool off the Internet. Use WPA-PSA (also called WPA Personal) instead. Use a random password of at least 20 characters. Something like WdGG40fv&peG. Do NOT use anything you'd find in the dictionary.
He may only need to keep the casual poacher out, though. If he did not know about WEP, then I'm guessing he'd have more luck starting with the easiest solution and moving up to something more secure only if he sees a need.

But you're right, WEP can be cracked easier than other methods.
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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He may only need to keep the casual poacher out, though. If he did not know about WEP, then I'm guessing he'd have more luck starting with the easiest solution and moving up to something more secure only if he sees a need.

But you're right, WEP can be cracked easier than other methods.
Just use WPA2. for one thing, its harder to crack. For the other, the password isn't a stupid 26 digit hex string.
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:57 PM
 
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how do u know your being poached? i am gonna check my connection if it is.
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