which security mode for wireless router?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by tonywalker23, May 5, 2006.

  1. tonywalker23 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2003
    i have these to choose from:
    WEP, WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, or RADIUS

    its a linksys router,

    please dont get too technical, ill get lost

  2. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    WPA2 Personal should provide adequate security. The enterprise/RADIUS ones more or less require a business infrastructure (well, not really, but few non-businesses have anything like that set up).
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Agreed, especially for one computer and one hub in a populated area.

    If you are adding computers, print servers, etc to your network make sure you buy them for WPA2 compatability.

    If you are in a less dense area (fewer networks and a decreased chance of war drivers), WEP is just fine and cheaper for adding on to.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    this is pretty much the one you want.
    I also have it set up that even if they break in, they need to know how to add their mac id to the approved list.
    i've let people in and the second they leave my house, i kick 'em out.
  5. mmcxiiad macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2002
    wpa is great, but use a really really long and complex password. if you are going to be serious about security, don't use an easy to crack password. wpa is susceptible to brute-force attacks. wpa supports a 63 character password (any character that you can type). i have one that i could never remember, but on the other hand, no one can crack it.... no one. check out the security now podcast on wireless networks for more info.
  6. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I don't know about all systems, but we use a linksys and we have it shut off to all but the machines we want. If you can get into the firmware, you just log in, add MAC addresses (not Mac vs PC, it's the identity of your machine, you can find it in your wireless preferences), and that machine can connect to the router with no password needed. Simple and easy, just adds a couple minutes to the set-up process.
  7. dbruzzone macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2006
    Why add yourself to the list of allowed MAC addresses when you can passively sniff traffic and spoof a MAC address that comes across?

    And yes... WPA is more robust than WEP.



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