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 Post subject: disable wired LAN ports on router but keep Wireless on?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:12 pm 
Willamette
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Is there a way I can disable the wired LAN ports on a router but still be able to use the wireless. I'm setting up a system for someone and they don't want people to be able to physically connect anything to the wireless router via the wired LAN ports. I know that this would create problems when you need to admin the router, but from what I can see there won't be a need for that (and if I needed to, I could just hard-reset the router and reconfigure it again if there were problems).

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 Post subject: Re: disable wired LAN ports on router but keep Wireless on?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:28 pm 
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You definitely can w/ a dd-wrt compatible router. But that's because you have low-level access to the OS via telnet (lots of opportunity for mischief). You can even disable the reset as well. But when it comes to your routine, off the shelf, consumer router, I don’t recall ever seeing that option.

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Sw ... _LAN_ports


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 Post subject: Re: disable wired LAN ports on router but keep Wireless on?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:45 pm 
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Seems the easiest thing to do would be to just use MAC filtering.

Doesn't exactly disable the ports per se, but done right you could block all traffic.


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 Post subject: Re: disable wired LAN ports on router but keep Wireless on?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:30 am 
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If you go with with some business gear they usually have the option to turn ports on and off. I don't know how many SOHO units will. The other option to look out is a stand alone router (which should give you the ability to turn on and off ports) and then connect an wifi access point to the router.

MAC filter isn't much of a line of defense. It keeps people out who would plug in and see they can't and walk away. Most people that are tech savy know how to spoof a mac address to get in. But if this is for a home setup MAC filtering should be ok, but I wouldn't recommended it for a business line of defense.


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 Post subject: Re: disable wired LAN ports on router but keep Wireless on?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:54 am 
Willamette
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I guess it's not much of a problem, then. It wasn't a thing that HAD to be done, but something they wanted looked into. So, apparently it's not really worth the effort as I gain from this post. I geuss if I really wanted to, i could just get them a wireless access point and router like the last poster suggested, but the cost would be more than i think they want to spend. I may just use MAC filtering (because there are no new computers/game systems) that are used. It is generally (99% of the time) it's just the family's computers and game systems that need to access the internet.


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 Post subject: Re: disable wired LAN ports on router but keep Wireless on?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:35 am 
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