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wireless router question

by rikb53 / November 18, 2006 9:58 PM PST

Howdy - am new to the wireless router deal. am using a Dlink WBR 1310 router - am using one hardwired port to the 'main' computer and using the wireless end to go to the laptop (toshiba). the laptop is using XP home edition. the laptop is seeing the wireless fine. it is also seeing 2 other wireless 'stations' in the neighborhood.
Is there a way to make my wireless port the ONLY one that is seen by the laptop (XP) - ignore the others. AND XP says the broadcast is not secure. I'd like to make it where others cannot rob wireless internet.
See! Told you I knew nothing about this. Happy tnx, dave

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You can make your network more secure by
by lacsr / November 18, 2006 10:44 PM PST

Enabling the WEP or similar encyrption. Have a look around CNET. They had a school to help you on these items. Also look in the manual for the router. There should be a section on security. It isn't difficult to learn how to do this.
On the other question, I do not know of a way to not "see" the other networks in your neighborhood but the routine that connects you to the wireless network should identify your network from the others. If not, change the SSID of your wireless so you can recognize it easily.

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WEP is worthless
by jackson dougless / November 18, 2006 11:27 PM PST

It is very easily cracked, and there are a number of "man in the middle" attacks that bypass having to even bother cracking the key.

WAP is what you want to be using. WAP2 if your router's firmware and wireless card support it. Much more secure. There's also changing the default SSID, disabling SSID broadcasting, and MAC Address filtering to improve wireless security.

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I agree. It's not solid enough. Here's the tools.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2006 12:29 AM PST

Look up KISMET and KISMAC. The good news is that you can lock out even a KIS* user for a very long time with WEP and MAC FILTERING. The tools don't tell the attacker you've enalbled MAC FILTERING and you'll cause the attacker to spend weeks and months trying to get in.

I won't answer why I know this.


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forget it
by rikb53 / November 19, 2006 8:28 PM PST

I am going to take the dern (nice) thing back and put the NON wireless router back in. I also keep getting 'wireless connection established' message for some reason. never mind the laptop is 20 feet away from the router - in the open - across a room.
So much for wireless. I'll stick the hardline router back on the cable modem.
tnx for suggestions.

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