WEP vs. Using MAC Filter for security question

By CrashDummy
Sep 20, 2006
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  1. MrSnoobs

    MrSnoobs Newcomer, in training Posts: 30

    Its reassuring to read people saying that MAC filtering is as secure as WEP. I have never been able to happily have WEP on my networks... but then I do buy cheap crappy routers...
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,028   +221

    use BOTH. the idea is to put as many barriers as possible for the creeps to fight with :)
  3. jonmcc33

    jonmcc33 Newcomer, in training Posts: 70

    These are hardly barriers (WEP and MAC filtering). These are just speed bumps before they break into your network.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,028   +221

    for those that know how, oh so true, but joe doe neighbor that can't manage GPOs
    will never solve the combination.

    after all, there IS a big difference in theory and practicality too.

    you can never have too many speed bumps in the children's playground :)
  5. jonmcc33

    jonmcc33 Newcomer, in training Posts: 70

    That's true. That's why you use WPA minimum and use Maximum WPA Security (63 characters/504 bits) here and you won't have to worry about MAC filtering or not broadcasting your SSID.

    I wish anyone luck trying to crack that.
  6. buccaneere

    buccaneere Newcomer, in training Posts: 22

    I DO live in a rural area. Zero stray traffic; that is, any traffic with more that 11 teeth (I know - they're probably techgurus crackpros)...

    ...so I'm not worried about my wireless gettin' hacked. I'm wantin' only to keep accidental logons from happnin'. I disabled my WPA-PSK, and entered MAC #'s for all 5 machines; 3 laptops, 2 dtops, Windows, Linux, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    None of the wireless machines can keep a steady connection, without droppin' off. Before, it was only WPA, and no problems. MAC only, problems. MAC and WPA, no problems.

    My router is a budget piece, so I need to reduce impedance from encryption, etc.

    Why do I have problems with MAC-only filtering??? Do I need Flo-Max?
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,028   +221

    that's a good start; I use MAC filtering too
    hum; Mac filtering is trivial to implement so this IS puzzling. My Netgear does it well,
    so which router/model are you using?
  8. buccaneere

    buccaneere Newcomer, in training Posts: 22

    Hey there jobeard...

    The router is a Ehome EH100. $2 after all the rebates (which I NEVER got!!!).

    I know I got it right, because for brief periods, it will stream some public radio content - MAC only. Even when connected wireless, the wireless icon is showing disconnection. ???
  9. rikkigrysko

    rikkigrysko Newcomer, in training


    try punching your computer really hard...
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