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Should I upgrade my router to one that supports WPA?

By Denman007
Nov 21, 2005
  1. I currently have a SMC router running NAT & 128 bit WEP and have started changing my keys every couple of weeks. I've been a little concerned about hackers in the neighborhood lately.

    Should I get an new router? If so, which one? I currently have 3 wireless devices on my network. I would also have to get a wireless card for my laptop since the built in wireless doesn't support WPA.
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    you could do as written. However, you can also save the money and still
    secure your system. (btw: nice to see the keys being rotated :)

    To secure the NETWORK,
    set your own SSID (ie not the default) and disable broadcasting.
    also change the default channel​

    To secure your SYSTEMS,
    map your MAC addresses to get static addresses in consecutive IP numbers
    (eg: 192.168.0.2 -> 198.168.0.5)
    then set your firewall to
    allow everything on that same ip range
    and disallow 192.168.0.6 -> 198.168.0.253​

    Your worst case exposure would be someone 'borrowing' your internet bandwidth.
     
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