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Help Choosing New Router ...

by vja4Him_57 / July 22, 2011 8:28 AM PDT

I need some advice on which Router to buy ... I've been using the D-Links 655 for about one year now, but need a new Router, because it will no longer allow me to set up a Schedule.

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Haven't found such an offering.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 8:38 AM PDT

But I do want to comment about security. Many folk do not want to learn about wifi security but I'll give you a hint that WPA2 is as good as it gets today. If you used WEP, there are FREE TOOLS to get the password in about 60 seconds. And if someone advised you to use MAC FILTERS, we have FREE TOOLS to fix that.

In short, find a router with your scheduler and use WPA2 today. FORGET OUTDATED WEP, Forget outdated advice about hiding the SSID and forget MAC FILTERS.

More at http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7589_102-533900.html?tag=contentBody;threadListing

Now you say they hacked in? Let's consider changing the WPA2 every week as it costs them to hack WPA2. Here's the site that does that -> http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/security/welcome-to-the-future-cloud-based-wpa-cracking-is-here/4097

Bottomline? Few will pay the fee over and over so you can burn their pockets and they'll go elsewhere.
Bob

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MAC Filtering ....
by vja4Him_57 / July 22, 2011 10:17 AM PDT

What is not so good about using MAC filtering ....

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Sorry, I was unclear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 10:21 AM PDT
In reply to: MAC Filtering ....

MAC FILTERING is ineffective. There are free tools to get around that security.

It's like a lock that any key works on. Does that clear it up?

As to the SCHEDULE FEATURE yes, that's how it can work but remember that for security it does not work.
Bob

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Schedules - Maximum Secure Connection ...???
by vja4Him_57 / July 22, 2011 11:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry, I was unclear.

If I understand correctly, MAC filtering is still the only way that I can set up schedules to limit my son's Internet use?

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That's WPA2 today for us consumers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 11:52 AM PDT

Not to duplicate the internet but to give you the short best answer on security.

To be any more secure we have to turn off wifi and keep it wired.
bob

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