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question about a secure network within my house?

by phattferd / March 26, 2005 12:35 PM PST

My mom's company bought a Linksys WRT54G so she can bring her laptop home and access her company files through a VPN client. When she signs on she has to go through a VPN client. Her IT guy messed with the router before she brought it home where I just set it up...He set it up and when I look at the local network signals from her laptop it shows up that it is secure. I want to know if I get my own laptop, would I be able to access the router or would I need to log into the VPN (which I wouldn't be able to do for her companies safety reasons). If this is the case I am pissed, cause I pay for the DSL and just let my mom share it for work. I want to be able to get my own use out of it. If I did get my own laptop and shared the router, would her IT guy be able to see my download history and things if they ever ask for the router back?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Ask the IT guy again
by Gakada / March 26, 2005 6:29 PM PST
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not really
by phattferd / March 27, 2005 2:13 AM PST
In reply to: Ask the IT guy again

That post just says my history stays in my cache, but since her business owns the router and they get it back if they ask, is there a history inside the router at all?

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If by VPN, all is logged over there.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2005 2:29 AM PST
In reply to: not really

The VPN puts you in the VPN network. As such, all can be logged at the companies discretion.


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even my personal computer?
by phattferd / March 27, 2005 3:19 AM PST

I dont log into any VPN from my computer the one I am on now. I have the DSL from this location and the router is set up from this computer. My mom when she goes onto her laptop she has to go through the VPN client to log in (her IT guy wants her to for security reasons). If I never use the VPN then I am not in? Is this true. Or does it not matter?

All I do to go online is to click on the Firefox icon, I don't sign into a VPN. Profitt could you clarify this for me. If I am still a part of the VPN then I am pissed because I didn't sign up to have my history shared.

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If not by VPN, then it's likely never logged, but then again
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2005 3:33 AM PST

I have my router use it's SMNP feature to send all IP addressed to my logging program. Who knows if your router was configured to do this?


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Is there a way to find out if this is set up that way?
by phattferd / March 27, 2005 3:50 AM PST

Without messing up anything.

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Umm... Read the manual on the router?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2005 3:55 AM PST

Just FYI. I stop at where you pick up the router manual and read about SMNP and such configuration. That's for you to read about.

And before you say you don't have the manual. It's online at the maker's website.

No fish. Just fishing lessons.


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I didn't see anything about SMNP in their manual
by phattferd / March 27, 2005 1:45 PM PST

I read it online in the PDF file and saw it nowhere. I just looed at my Local Area Connection in the control panel and it has a lock next to it. I was wondering if I bought a laptop (been thinking about it) would I be able to access it if they have it locked. I am starting to get mad if they are using my DSL and blocking it out. I pay for the damn thing.

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Proffit I might have found something usefull
by phattferd / March 27, 2005 3:32 PM PST

I went to my network connections.

I then clicked on the "advanced" tab at the top. Then clicked on "optional networking components."

Then when I highlight the "management & monitoring tools" I clicked on "details." (the only thing with a check mark on here is the networking services)

I then see two options titled, "Simple Network Management Protocall" and "WMI SNMP Provider." Neither of these have a check in the box next to them.

Would this mean its not set up for SNMP, or is that just from my computer and they can view it from theirs?

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