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Is Airport Extreme's Guest Network Really Secure?


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#1 Bub12

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 09:10 PM

Hi,

How secure is Airport Extreme's guest network & how exactly is it configured?

I am trying to set up two separate networks. Presently I am running the following:


-ISP modem hardwired to wireless Mac Airport router
-2 older XP desktops hardwired to Mac Airport router & 1 MacBook connected to Airport router wireless

Like so- modem --> Airport --> 2 pc's & 1 wireless Mac

I need to add a work laptop to the mix & do not want it in my existing network. So, I was planning on doing the following but was having problems with double-nating:

-ISP modem wired to new internet router
-new internet router wired to Airport Extreme (i.e.: my existing network setup) & to new router (i.e.: new network)

Like so- modem --> new internet router --> Airport(existing network) & new router(new network)

BUT... after struggling to get this working, I removed the new internet router & went back to my original setup & reset the Airport Extreme. During this simple resetting process on the Airport, I was prompted to setup a separate guest network! I didn't know this was an option & that it seems to do what I need & was trying to do with the extra routers.

Which brings me back to my question...How secure is Airport Extreme's guest network & how exactly is it configured? Will this simple Guest Network truly give me two completely separate networks? In other words, if I connect my work machine to the guest network & the work machine is infected, for example, is my existing network protected?

Thank you!

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