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Guest network or just some multiple SSID option-no security

by tea45 / May 25, 2018 12:22 PM PDT


I want to make sure my wired and WiFi connection are protected from others who use it. I have an old ZTE router modem ADSL and I;m not sure if it can truly enable this.

There are multiple SSID options(four I think) but I don't know if they truly separate my network from guest's safety wise or if it's just some semi ssid option thing as it doesn't say guest network anywhere on configuration page. And its a low quality router modem.

I was told enabling a guest network would separate my network and my devices from the guest's(other user's).

I have a ZTE ZXHN H108N modem router. Do you think if you could check if the multiple ssid is truly a guest network?

So I did this:
I enabled hide network on SSID 1(my future to be protected network and one I am on now and have been up to now I think, tho i am on wire now) and enabled it;s isolation. Should I have done that to SSID 1 or to SSID2? or both?

SSID 2 I enabled. Should I have enabled isolation for it too? Or just it and not SSID 1?

If I separate WiFi my wired connection is still not secure..

Apart from the following, do I need to enable sth for the wire connection to be secure? I understand connecting via wire by other devices is bad and should try to stop, but if I enable the guest wifi option does it also separate my wired connection from the guest using wifi?

The following is:

Do I need to set a PPP pass through for devices to not be able to connected via ethernet w/o a password?


I had reset the router and it automatically reconnected w/o asking for any credentials.. Is this because PPP pass thru was not enabled?
I tried enabling it.. and it would not ask for pw when connecting via ethernet after disconnecting.

I entered what I assume is my PPP user and PW. It also asked me to enter connection name, vci/vpi which I assume is 8/35. I changed trigger connection from always to manual and authentication type from auto to chap. I entered new connection name but I think I did not change connection name(first at the top)

If PPP passthru isnt it, is there another option that can be enabled to stop wired connections from other devices?
If not, can I disable the option to connect automatically via wire on my desktop which is old and doesnt have an updated antivirus as I wont always be there to stop others. Can I check this w/o connecting to internet?

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You've reached what we call an impass.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2018 12:30 PM PDT

So while the guest WiFi does do as you wish, a wired connection does not. And will not until you get into managed (Ethernet) port products.

Since this is how it is with the product you noted, all I can do is confirm.

As to your check, I will only offer a simple test. Try to connect to another machine on your network when you are on the guest WiFi. Also try to ping the machines that are not on the Guest network.

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renewal I crave :)
by tea45 / May 25, 2018 1:21 PM PDT

You are saying that this indeed should be a guest network, the multiple SSIDs that I have?

I cant connect to WiFi as I fear, and besides, I don't have another clean device to test it on.. I'm doomed.
Any other magical way?

I have till Sunday I hope. It is Fri night here.

I need to get the guest network done and ill try to guard the desktop for a couple of days*haha or not haha.

There is no manual.. I found sth online, as far as I can see, nth useful. I will look more, but I am so tired of not accomplishing anything, Hey, I did get bloodwork done this morning Silly
If I don't get this done, all will have been in vain, and much more. I am not exaggerating.

Id also like to install a good antivirus before Sunday if I don't or don't succeed in enabling guest truly, tho it will be of no use..

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use a LAN cable to setup router
by James Denison / May 25, 2018 1:36 PM PDT
In reply to: renewal I crave :)

Don't do it by wifi.

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Did so
by tea45 / May 25, 2018 2:05 PM PDT

I did via LAn and am on via LAN, haven't used wifi at all yet on new PC. Happy

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About the AntiVirus.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2018 2:12 PM PDT
In reply to: renewal I crave :)

Windows Defender is a good antivirus. But with all your posts I have changed my mind is your needs are beyond what what I think Windows offers.

That is, it's time for a high security OS like Linux.

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time to read the router handbook

we don't write the books here.

In simple, an SSID just identifies your wireless network

AP Isolation means each wifi user can only see his own computer and no others on the network.

Access to wifi can be limited by setting the encryption security, most commonly today to WPA or WPA2. It requires the person connecting to know the passphrase.

MAC of each computer connecting can have various controls placed on it.


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