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Posted: 9/12/2004 12:32:45 PM EST
I jumped on the wireless bandwagon today.
Anyway, I followed some steps about security, but I wanted to see if I had as much as needed.

I changed my default password for the router
I changed the default IP address of the router
I stopped broadcasting my SSID
I filtered all MAC addresses except those for my laptop and PocketPC
I turned on encription to 128 hex and entered a 26digit random number in all devices.

Does that about cover it?
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 12:50:02 PM EST
Changing the channels of the broadcast (1-11) might help, but they're known quantities so it probably won't matter.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 12:52:54 PM EST
Use WPA with 256 bit encryption and a 63 digit password.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 1:33:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By KA3B:
Use WPA with 256 bit encryption and a 63 digit password.

I think 128 is all that was available on my router. I only paid 15.00 for the thing. (after I do all the best buy rebates)

I assume everything else looks good?
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 4:15:28 PM EST
Excell job. One other thing you can do is to disable the router's DHCP server for the LAN clients. You'll need to statically set the IP configuration of any computers you want to connect to it, but this will make it a little harder for unwanted users to connect.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 4:20:46 PM EST
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Link Posted: 9/12/2004 4:36:33 PM EST
id say you are in good shape. you should also be able to limit the number of issued ip addresses and simultaneous connections if you choose though.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 4:37:45 PM EST
is it the slower 802.11b ??
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:21:34 PM EST
It's the D-Link DI 514.
It is B technology, but I just wanted an internet connection.

Best Buy has them on sale right now for 15.00 after rebate. The rebate is good until the 18th and I think you have until Oct 18th to postmark it. They also have the B laptop cards for $20 after rebate. My best buy was out of them, so I went with the G for $10 more.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:26:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/12/2004 5:27:02 PM EST by Matthew_Q]
G owns.

I have an 802.11G AP and NIC for my laptop here at home. Works fine. I never could figure out the WEP and WHAT to use for the key on my client. I just turned on MAC address filtering. Judging by the number of unsecured wireless networks I can see from inside my apartment, I doubht anyone is smart enough to get through my AP.

Remember that encryption takes some of your bandwidth...
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