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Wireless Router Security Help

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We have just got a new wireless router and im wondering what is the best security? on security mode it has a choice of 128bit wep or wpa-psk + wpa2-psk Read More
Kev The Kopite Avatar
8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
We have just got a new wireless router and im wondering what is the best security?

on security mode it has a choice of

128bit wep

or

wpa-psk + wpa2-psk
Kev The Kopite Avatar
8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
also on another setting it has wireless mode

g & b

g only

or b only?

sorry im new to all of this
#2
That's an easy one. As far as security is concerned, wpa is way more secure than wep. Some people say that it also has a slight degradation in network performance but I've personally not seen any evidence of this myself.
#3
WPA is more secure than WEP although either are secure enough for home use IMO. If you have the option use WPA to be on the safer side, although nothing is ever 100% safe.

Oh, and it all goes down the crapper if you have plenty of spyware etc, you might as well not bother. so be sure your pc is virus/trojan clear if your worried about security :)

your g and b settings are to do with speeds.

802.11b

802.11g

g is a newer standard, and faster, stick with g.

Any problems put it on b

BFM
#4
WEP can be broken quite easily.

go for WPA

WPA could be broken too but would take a lot of time/knowledge.

With Security enabled the through put ill be a v. slightly slower than without encryption but not worth it

Thanks
*sloman*
#5
Kev The Kopite;3397414
also on another setting it has wireless mode

g & b

g only

or b only?

sorry im new to all of this

For flexibility with all wireless devices you may have now or get in the future, it's best to set it to g & b. That way, it won't exclude any devices that operate via the other one. 802.11g is faster than 208.11b but it's best to keep your options open and not restrict yourself.
#6
Kev The Kopite
also on another setting it has wireless mode

g & b

g only

or b only?

sorry im new to all of this


They are different wireless standards. Most wireless cards will support 11b & 11G

11b is 11Mb/s
11G is 54Mb/s
#7
As 4leafed said if your not sure keep it on B & G
#8
64 Bit WEP is more than adequate for the average home user unless theres some other intermittent factor thats not been stated. I use 128Bit WEP along with my Firewall and AV which is more than enough security.

Just remember that the greater the security the more resources that will be used to encrypt and decrypt the data passing to and from your PC.

I use my internet connection for many things, online gaming, VoiP phone, PDA/Smartphone access and of course browsing the web and email etc. 128Bit wep is more than enough for me to be satisfied that someone isnt specifically targetting my network. You should also hide your network using the router admin section, it will be under something like Broadcast SSID (Yes/No) type thing....make sure its set at no. This way no neighbours etc will be able to 'see' your network.

That way you've got a better chance of winning the lottery twice in a row than someone breaking in to your network just to use your internet connection.
#9
thanx for all the fast replies, is there anyway to make it even safer? can u hide the connection completely so no1 can pick it up?
#10
You can switch off SSID broadcasting which means the Wireless does not advertise itself. This means you have to manually add the wireless to any devices.

You could also go for MAC address filtering which means you can specify which computers can connect to your network and it will only allow those computers.
#11
Kev The Kopite
thanx for all the fast replies, is there anyway to make it even safer? can u hide the connection completely so no1 can pick it up?


See Stevens reply directly above

BFM
#12
StevenA2000_uk
64 Bit WEP is more than adequate for the average home user unless theres some other intermittent factor thats not been stated. I use 128Bit WEP along with my Firewall and AV which is more than enough security.

Just remember that the greater the security the more resources that will be used to encrypt and decrypt the data passing to and from your PC.

I use my internet connection for many things, online gaming, VoiP phone, PDA/Smartphone access and of course browsing the web and email etc. 128Bit wep is more than enough for me to be satisfied that someone isnt specifically targetting my network. You should also hide your network using the router admin section, it will be under something like Broadcast SSID (Yes/No) type thing....make sure its set at no. This way no neighbours etc will be able to 'see' your network.

That way you've got a better chance of winning the lottery twice in a row than someone breaking in to your network just to use your internet connection.


Sorry but the encryption method does not impede latency on a WLAN, this would only happen on APs employing REAP or H-REAP modes not domestic WLAN ADSL routers.

The WPA-PSK (pre shared key) is the best one to use for domestic WLAN applications, WEP is serioulsy easy to crack n hack.
#13
Also, make sure that you change the admin login password of the router and disable remote administration. If someone does gain access to your router via the internet and is snooping around, the first thing they're gonna do is dick around with your router settings and lock you out of it. Then they can take full control.
If you have enough technical ability, I'd also suggest changing the IP range away from 192.168.0.xxx to 10.0.0.x and disabling DHCP on the router. You'll need to seet static IP addresses for all wireless and wired devices after that. That way, it makes it impossible for a wireless hacker to get an address from your router and access your network that way.
#14
Alfonse
Sorry but the encryption method does not impede latency on a WLAN, this would only happen on APs employed REAP or H-REAP mode not domestic WLAN ADSL routers.


I'd have to agree to disagree with you there. :thumbsup:
#15
dmccabe
You can switch off SSID broadcasting which means the Wireless does not advertise itself. This means you have to manually add the wireless to any devices.

You could also go for MAC address filtering which means you can specify which computers can connect to your network and it will only allow those computers.


If you plan on using solely MAC filtering, keep in mind that a valid MAC
address will be found in just about every packet sent to the access point on
your network. While you may be alerted to the presence of another computer
on the LAN with the same MAC address after it is copied (they are supposed
to be unique), this is of little help while your computer is turned off.

You need to use encryption.
#16
Generally speaking - you shouldn't get targetted for an attack - and you don't tend to find people piggybacking on your wireless network if you put a strong password on your router and connection.

Going off on a bit of a tangent (but still relevant), you must get some anti virus (AVG 8 is free and has pretty much everything you need) - keeping it up to date is the best thing you can do - if you don't then you may as well not have AV installed.
#17
ive turned the ssid off now, and just checked on my phone and can no longer find it so thats hidden now, is there anyway i can keep it connected to my phone (nokia n82) so i can just connect straight away with that,

how do i change the ip thing so its not the normal 168. and so on like someone earlier mentioned?

will i have to change it on the 360 and ps3 then aswell (connected with wired)

thanx for every1s help so far
#18
you should be able to do it on the router settings I believe... there should be a field to "automatically assign" IP address. It usually generates it as 192.168.0.something but just change it to something else (maybe even 192.168.2.whatever as that would not be a default for any router.
If you don't know the router default pwd and ID, call your ISP and ask them.

Again, very unlikely that anyone should be able to get that far but I agree - best to take caution.
If you do change the IP addy, it will need to be re-synced with any other devices.

You should set the phone as a pairing - they should talk to each other whenever in range.

Hope this helps

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