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#1 Calebvision

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 02:53 PM

Hi!

Just set up, with some help of folks on this board, my wireless network!

Anyone have any tips on how I can keep it "intruder free"?

Any feedback wil be appreciated!

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 07:30 PM

If you set up WPA/WPA-2 with a 4 - 5 word sentence you'll be fine.

Look in the instructions that came with the router on how to do this =)

But make sure your wireless computers can do WPA/WPA-2

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 04:57 PM

If you set up WPA/WPA-2 with a 4 - 5 word sentence you'll be fine.

Look in the instructions that came with the router on how to do this =)

But make sure your wireless computers can do WPA/WPA-2



I have WPA2-PSK
Is that ok???

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 12:39 AM

If you set up WPA/WPA-2 with a 4 - 5 word sentence you'll be fine.

Look in the instructions that came with the router on how to do this =)

But make sure your wireless computers can do WPA/WPA-2



I have WPA2-PSK
Is that ok???



Yes. I've been mired in all of this after being hacked bad. From all I've read (a lot) WPA2-PSK is a mix of WPA & WPA2. To date there has been no known instance of even WPA being cracked with 6-8 completely random numbers/letters/characters (don't use real words and combined w/numbers for added peace of mind). WEP is a joke and can be cracked within minutes from software downloaded freely. You might also disable wireless router administration/configuration (so changes will have to be made hardwired) and disable remote login if you're re-creating Fort Knox. Also change your SSID from your home name (if it's been set up that way) to something less descriptive (like DexterMorgan). Cheers.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 02:47 PM

Yes that is just what I mean. WPA2-PSK is perfect. You can use letters(caps or lower case and it matters), number, symbols and spaces for a password up to 64 characters. So if you just make up a sentence that is 4 - 5 words long, no one will ever be able to crack it. Simple Sentence example: I poke badgers with spoons -

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 05:47 PM

Yes that is just what I mean. WPA2-PSK is perfect. You can use letters(caps or lower case and it matters), number, symbols and spaces for a password up to 64 characters. So if you just make up a sentence that is 4 - 5 words long, no one will ever be able to crack it. Simple Sentence example: I poke badgers with spoons -



Thanks guys!

By "password" are you refering to "wirelss passphrase" or or "router admn password???

Please be patient...I'm learning!

My desktops have WPA2-PSK but the laptop has WPA2 without an option for wpa2-psk....is that ok????

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:31 AM

Yes that is just what I mean. WPA2-PSK is perfect. You can use letters(caps or lower case and it matters), number, symbols and spaces for a password up to 64 characters. So if you just make up a sentence that is 4 - 5 words long, no one will ever be able to crack it. Simple Sentence example: I poke badgers with spoons -



Thanks guys!

By "password" are you refering to "wirelss passphrase" or or "router admn password???

Please be patient...I'm learning!

My desktops have WPA2-PSK but the laptop has WPA2 without an option for wpa2-psk....is that ok????


Yes, either. If you search for stats it's estimated in a few places that to crack an 8 digit completely random WPA2 code it would take a supercomputer crunching 1 million bits of data/second something like 150 years to get into your computer (router admin). You're dealing with very large orders of magnitude, and WPA2 is better than the WPA2-psk.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 04:21 PM

I mean wireless pass phrase.

Altho you should change your router access PW too since they are all standard, some variation of admin for user name and/or PW and its the same brand wide(ie Linksys = no user name and admin as PW for ALL their routers)

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 05:45 PM

Thanks much Cavedweller!

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 11:16 AM

Hmm..

I would go for MAC address filtering.

Its less stressful for the hardware.
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1st job was a network support for SOHO
2nd job was lappy tech
3rd Job way out of my league but its nice...




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