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Securing wireless network

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#1 doh102


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Posted 15 September 2005 - 08:47 PM

Ok, i know this is real dumb, but i just set up a wireless router. I don't want other people in apartments near here to leach off from this signal, so how do i set up a password or something that will only allow my three computers to connect. Please remember it's going to be like coaching a slow monkey through this, so be lehman-ish. Thanks for any help anyone can give.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 05:19 AM

Hi doh102.

I've been waiting for a post like yours. While wandering around the McAfee site I found something new called McAfee Wi-FiScan.

McAfee Wi-FiScan surveys your current wireless network connection, your wireless hardware and the local environment to assess security risks introduced by the wireless network


I don't have any wireless equipment so I don't know what it does but I think you can trust McAfee. If you try the scan, please let us know what you think. It will advise you on security measures that I'm sure will involve their products but there are alternatives available.

I do know that most wi-fi equipment has security turned off by default so you will need to do something. Here are a couple of other sites you may find helpful:

WPA Wireless Security for Home Networks

Intel's Wireless Network Security Resource Center

And no, this isn't dumb. Rather its smart to be proactive where security is concerned

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