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2 Questions Re Wireless Security


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#1 KevinMac

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 03:38 PM

I'm seeing the need for security, because every time I look I can see the signal from several neighbors!

1. It's clear from the directions how to set up encryption on the router, BUT...How does each computer know what kind of encryption is being used?

2. If I limit the router to specified MAC addresses, which seems like a good security measure: Is there a way to set up a "guest" account of some kind for when visitors come over with their laptops? Or does that defeat the purpose by giving hackers a way in?

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 01:45 AM

1. You have to set up the same encryption on each PC that will join your network. There will be software installed on each PC that has a wireless NIC and you use that to enter the appropriate SSID and encryption key/passphrase. (In some cases SSID may set up automatically).

2. No guest accounts, or indeed any other accounts, it's just a list of allowed MAC addresses. (The MAC address is an unique number associated with the physical hardware of any network card. In theory no two network cards, and therefore PCs, can have the same MAC address). You have to add your guest to the list the first time but from then on you won't have to do anything. Backup the router configuration in case it gets reset by accident.

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Edited by Rimmer, 20 January 2006 - 01:47 AM.


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#3 KevinMac

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 10:01 AM

Much appreciated, thanks




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