Found 9th Aug 2008
I always stick to wired broadband but im thinking of going into wireless.

Im with BT but may move to sky BB.
What is the easiest wireless router to set up and the one that gives you the least hassle?

Ta, also is it easy to make your wireless connection safe and secure??

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They're all pretty simple, but I have a Netgear, set up and working in no time. Connected my laptop and printer to it and have had no security breaches.

Original Poster

what sort of stuff do you have to do to make sure people cant hack into your wireless? Thats what im worried about? Also can you add a wired router to a wireless network?

Have Norton 360, scans every day, monitors users and windows defender only allows programs to run with my password. Plus on Virgin broadband, have free PC Guard.

i have bt wired broadand
and just got a linksys router and it works fine
allows me to monitor everyone on the wireless network
and comes with wep security

kiwinator;2713355

what sort of stuff do you have to do to make sure people cant hack into … what sort of stuff do you have to do to make sure people cant hack into your wireless? Thats what im worried about? Also can you add a wired router to a wireless network?



Not too much, setting a WPA key on your router is the main step in securing router, while not unbeatable it does give strong protection. With this enabled each wireless device needs to enter a key to get on (usually only the first time) which will prevent most people getting onto your network. Also make sure you don't use the default admin password and don't allow remote management.

I would tend to recommend Netgear routers for ease of use as I know people who aren't that technical that had difficulties with others but were able to get these set up no bother.

John

Original Poster

cheers people may do this then and get a netgear! also can you still put ethernet cables into the back of a router and put it into a pc even though its wireless?

(what im trying to say is can you use wired BB as well as wireless BB)

kiwinator;2713479

cheers people may do this then and get a netgear! also can you still put … cheers people may do this then and get a netgear! also can you still put ethernet cables into the back of a router and put it into a pc even though its wireless?(what im trying to say is can you use wired BB as well as wireless BB)



my netgear box has an ethernet port :thumbsup:

Yes - most routers have a four port switch on the back giving you four wired network ports as well as the wireless. For static devices near the router I stick with wired ethernet then wireless for the rest.

John

When I took sky bb it came with a netgear wireless router and was installed free of charge, don't know if offer still applies but ask what comes with the package.

remember get one with WPA security NOT WEP security.
WEP is very very easy to hack.
WPA is very hard and use a key which is not in the distionary (e.g. ag53@;'KKjhgdHGYG76hgh.>.,)

im using the livebox (isp: orange), its a good little box and give me wireless printing. but with all ISP its locked to that ISP so i cant use it if i change broadband provider (but you can unlock them with help of google) lol

Johnmcl7;2713579

Yes - most routers have a four port switch on the back giving you four … Yes - most routers have a four port switch on the back giving you four wired network ports as well as the wireless. For static devices near the router I stick with wired ethernet then wireless for the rest.John



Hi there - sorry to ask a related question but can you have one router with one PC running Vista (and using wired connection) and a different PC/aptop running XP (and using wireless?)

melmorc;2714331

Hi there - sorry to ask a related question but can you have one router … Hi there - sorry to ask a related question but can you have one router with one PC running Vista (and using wired connection) and a different PC/aptop running XP (and using wireless?)


Sure, you can mix and match as you want pretty much - on my home connection I have a mix of win2k, XP and Vista machines connecting over wireless or wired as well as the various consoles and mobile phones. For each of the devices it's just a standard network connection.

John

Sky provide their own Sagem or Netgear router/modems, already pre-configured, which you have to use with their service.

( Well strictly speaking you do ).;-)

grim_reaper;2714183

im using the livebox (isp: orange), its a good little box and give me … im using the livebox (isp: orange), its a good little box and give me wireless printing. but with all ISP its locked to that ISP so i cant use it if i change broadband provider (but you can unlock them with help of google) lol



i flashed the firmware on my Netgear Sky router. It now works as if I'd bought it from a shop!
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