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Newly installed home wireless network (802.11g)

by lan_dog / December 9, 2004 1:09 AM PST

I installed a new wireless router. My computer detected signal from my neighbors house as well as from my own router. What prevents my neighbor from accessing files on my computer? The firewall? Are there any precautions I should take for added security?

Also, the router is less than 50 feet away from the computer, yet the signal strength is poor. How can I increase the signal strength? Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Newly installed home wireless network (802.11g)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2004 1:18 AM PST

Two things. In this order!!

1. Update all FIRMWARE in all devices. For me, this has paid off well.

2. Enable MAC address filtering. Only what's in the list can now connect.

Bob

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Re: Newly installed home wireless network (802.11g)
by lan_dog / December 9, 2004 1:47 AM PST

Thanks for the info, but what is "Firmware" and "Mac Filtering" and how do I update these?

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Re: Newly installed home wireless network (802.11g)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2004 1:59 AM PST
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Securing Wireless
by jzure / January 16, 2005 7:13 AM PST

You need to make sure that you secure your wireless network. You will need to make sure you use a WEP key. Without using the key your leaving your wireless connection open for anyone to join.

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