Posted 29 October 2009 - 03:02 PM
I'm Joe Schmoe, and I live in an apartment building, out in the burbs. I've wirelessly networked my family in my apartment, so everyone's using WEP/WPA on our trusty little Belkin/Linksys/whatever that we've had for a couple years. Best encryption we can put up without losing signal quality - after all, if we encrypt past 128-bit on the router, no one can connect because the signal dies.
For all practical intents and purposes, do I need to go spend $70+ on a new N+ router with WPA/TKIP and maybe $30 per computer in the house for compatible wireless cards in each computer? Is what I have good enough for everyday use, or do I really need to look at a $200 outlay to protect my family (and my bandwidth)?
[I'm paranoid by nature, and any new security improvements make me very very happy... But I need to check into reality once in a while. I don't know anyone within 3 blocks of me who knows half of what I do about networks or security. Just trying to get a sane perspective on reasonable security in the real world.]