Setting up a Security on my Wireless Router

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by ROBCIS, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. ROBCIS

    ROBCIS Guest

    Need help.

    I am attempting to set up Wireless network security. I have the following
    equipment:
    Netgear wireless router
    Comcast Arris modem which connects internet, telephone and cable
    Dell Dimension running Vista Home Basic (connected to router via cable)
    Dell Dimension running Windows XP (wireless connected)
    IBM ThinkPad running Windows XP (wireless connected)

    My goal is to secure my wireless connection from outside intrusion.

    What steps should I take to set this up? Since one of my desk tops is
    running wirelessly should I set up the security via that PC?

    Any help and direction is appreciated.

    Thanks,
     
    ROBCIS, Feb 2, 2008
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  2. You can set up WEP on the router, and each wireless client would need to
    type the password to connect to the router.
     
    Dustin Harper, Feb 2, 2008
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  3. Previous post said WEP. Try WPA, it's a bit more secure, but still not
    perfect. WEP is VERY easy to crack, WPA is more difficult, but not
    impossible. Also, turn off the SSI broadcast on your router. Only the
    die-hard people would find and/or hack into your setup.
     
    Dustin Harper, Feb 2, 2008
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  4. ROBCIS

    ROBCIS Guest

    Dustin,

    Thanks. Now how do I do this? Do I go through my PC?

    Thanks,
     
    ROBCIS, Feb 2, 2008
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  5. ROBCIS

    ROBCIS Guest

    Dustin,

    I was wondering about WEP vs. WPA and glad that you posted this. I am still
    unsure what the exacts steps I should take, can you advise?
     
    ROBCIS, Feb 2, 2008
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    Paul Adare Guest

    You should begin by reading the documentation that came with your Netgear
    WiFi device.
     
    Paul Adare, Feb 2, 2008
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  7. Dustin Harper, Feb 2, 2008
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  8. Another thing that may help is to set the security so that only specific
    MAC addresses are allowed into the router.

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    Regards,
    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
     
    Hank Arnold (MVP), Feb 3, 2008
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  9. ROBCIS

    ROBCIS Guest

    Paul,

    Thanks, I amd going to dig it out.

     
    ROBCIS, Feb 3, 2008
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    ROBCIS Guest

    ROBCIS, Feb 3, 2008
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    ROBCIS Guest

    Hank,

    Thanks much.

     
    ROBCIS, Feb 3, 2008
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    Paul Adare Guest

    MAC filtering is pretty much a waste of time when it comes to WiFi security
    as spoofing a MAC address is a very trivial endeavor.
     
    Paul Adare, Feb 3, 2008
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  13. ROBCIS

    duucfho Guest

    Nothing is foolproof. If a dedicated person really wants to get in
    they will. But, there are plenty of things you can do to keep out 99
    of other Joe Schmoes. Some are harder to do than others, so do whateve
    you feel comfortable with:
    - Change the default username/password to access your route
    - Change the default IP address range. For example, I think linksy
    is almost always 192.168.1.xxx. You can change it to sa
    192.168.100.xx
    - Enable WEP or WPA (WPA2 being more secure
    - Enable MAC filtering to allow only your MAC addresses to connec
    - Restrict the number of DHCP clients to 3 (or however many device
    you have) will help, since it will be harder for another computer t
    grab in IP addres
    - Don't broadcast your SSI
    - Enable the integrated firewall in your router if available.You should do all these from the wired desktop, in case you fudge
    setting, you'll still be able to connect. And be ready to reset you
    router back to factory defaults if necessary...it happens. :

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    duucfho, Feb 3, 2008
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  14. So is breaking WEP. But, for the average user with a nosey neighbor, it is
    enough to get by. If you want more security, there are a lot more things
    that can be done.
     
    Dustin Harper, Feb 3, 2008
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