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If you have a wireless router (both router and wireless access point functions built-in to the same device), there's one more setting you might want to consider.
On these devices there's usually an option to disable wireless administration. This means that you can only make configuration changes while connected via ethernet cable. That way, even if someone gains access to your wireless network, all attempts to gain access to the router will be ignored.
I don't know how to configure my settings so the encryption is WPA. if says my encryption is wep right now. This means that it is easier to hack correct? I had no choice on encryption options when I set up the router. I was wondering how to change the settings of the router (if it is via installation disk or something else)?
if this is a wireless router, you may also want to enable Wireless MAC filtering.
Wireless MAC filtering is the only way to go as both WEP and WPA encryption have been hacked. MAC address filtering ensures that only computers with the MAC address you specify in the router can connect to it.
Forgot to mention that it's also good practice to stop broadcasting your SSID.
Don't forget to update the firmware of the router occasionally.
Regarding the original question on CISCO, they do make a home-level router: Zonealarm Z100G which has antivirus, antispyware and a robust firewall BUILT-IN to the hardware. The AV and Antispyware is updated automatically like that on your computer. I have been using the Z100G for a year and it has cut 99% of the spyware and viruses off that I used to get at my computer. Further, it blocks hack attempts at the router rather than letting them flow to my computer for software blocking. (I can see the IP addresses of these hack attempts in the log.) This router acts much like the Enterprise Cisco router most of us are used to using at work.
I have two Linksys routers, one a standard W54 wireless and one that a Verizon or Sprint aircard plugs into for remote site internet access. From the standpoint to who can access either wirelessly, am I wrong to rely only on router mac address filtering? Logic would suggest the router will only talk to the two laptops whose mac id's are entered into the router table. Greatly appreciate your newletter and expertise...mike
How does one change the password? Where are the controls and settings for the router? Mine is a 2Wire system.
I has a belkin fsd7230-4 model type
and it stopped working after some time
so i got a new router which is cisco wrt54g but how do i know when i search for devices.. which one my new router really is? right now i dont know if im using my routers route or some other routers route.
i just want to use mine and secure it
please inform me what im doing
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