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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 9:48 am 
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I just bought a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router (with SPEEDBOOSTER - Hells Ya! :lol:) and I was wondering what do I need to do to keep my network secure from my neighbors and my friends who like to wardrive. I tried setting up some WPA Shared Key (on the router) but I couldn't figure out how to set up the client side. Also I turned broadcast off but then the client could not find the router. Any ideas how to secure this thing. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Wireless Secuirty?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 10:22 am 
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spaceboy464 wrote:
I just bought a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router (with SPEEDBOOSTER - Hells Ya! :lol:) and I was wondering what do I need to do to keep my network secure from my neighbors and my friends who like to wardrive. I tried setting up some WPA Shared Key (on the router) but I couldn't figure out how to set up the client side. Also I turned broadcast off but then the client could not find the router. Any ideas how to secure this thing. Thanks.


i don't know how WPA works, as i use WEP myself.

as for the broadcast turning off, you need to manually type in the SSID on the client side to find the Access Point.

another security you'll want to add is the MAC address filtering.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 10:27 am 
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WEP it will be then. Is 64 sufficient?


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spaceboy464 wrote:
WEP it will be then. Is 64 sufficient?


everyone here said 128, so i went 128.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:22 am 
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Ok. All those are a check. I'll tell my friend to test it out hahah.


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Hmmm. I actually found WPA easier to configure than WEP, but maybe its related to my hardware.

I would do as cigar3tte suggests and lock down the MAC addresses..this way, they would have to be able to spoof a MAC adress BEFORE they can even attempt to break your encryption.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 8:33 am 
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Hmmm. I actually found WPA easier to configure than WEP, but maybe its related to my hardware.

I would do as cigar3tte suggests and lock down the MAC addresses..this way, they would have to be able to spoof a MAC adress BEFORE they can even attempt to break your encryption.


Thanks. I've done this. Now the internet on the one wireless computer is SLOOOOWWWWWWW. What could be causing this? It says it's connected at 40mbps (slow but the signal is so so). Is there some sort of signal booster out there?


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Securing your wireless network in 5 easy steps:

1) Change the default SSID to something original. default, linksys, wireless, etc are easy to guess. Try something like your last name + lan or net so if your last name was smith set the SSID to "smithlan" or "smithnet"

2) Disable broadcasting SSID. You know what the SSID is so why should the router tell rest of the world?

3) Enable encryption. For 802.11b use 128bit WEP. For 802.11g use WPA. WEP is flawed and easy to hack. WPA is more secure so use it.

4) Enable MAC address filtering so only your own wireless nics can connect to the network.

5) Change the password on your router!!!!


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Yes, if it's slow - turn back on broadcasting the SSID.

dont use WEP... wpa is much better. harder for me to get in.. :twisted:

Even locking it to MAC is fairly easy to get in.


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