WEP vs. Using MAC Filter for security question

By CrashDummy ยท 33 replies
Sep 20, 2006
  1. MrSnoobs

    MrSnoobs TS Rookie

    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: 11,128   +982

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

    jonmcc33 TS Rookie Posts: 60

    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: 11,128   +982

    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 TS Rookie Posts: 60

    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 TS Rookie

    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: 11,128   +982

    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 TS Rookie

    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 TS Rookie

    try punching your computer really hard...
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