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Im thinking of purchasing a LinkSys wireless router so I can surf the net without cables. I understand the router is connected to my cable modem box then I should have a wireless card on my PC. Now do I need to setup drivers for the wireless router on my machine? Will it sense it automatically?
 

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Don't forget to ENABLE WEP!! A lot of people out there don't do that, leaving their machines vulnerable to hacking!

But yea... no drivers needed to be installed for the router. Only drivers are needed for the wireless PC card. Make sure the settings matches that of your router's settings (ie.. channel number, domain name, etc) and you're good to go!

Wirelss Internet surfing! :thumbup:

Great during the summer time when you can take it outside in the yard, sit on the patio table and browse.
 

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Make sure you lock down your wireless access point.. or I will drive by your house an do it for you :)

Here is what I have setup on mine.

1. WEP encryption (128 bit)
2. Access Control (via mac address of wireless nic)
3. Reserved DCHP, so a specific person obtains a certain ip address when they connect. This is good for logging.
4. I have my LAN to only allow 3 ip addresses, since I only have 3 computers in my house.
5. Disable your SSID
6. Change your password
7. I also changed my network to have a non standard ip class and subnet. I put a class B (255.255.0.0) subnet on a C class 192.168.45.x network.
8. Update/upgrade the firmware on your access point.

So, what is that... like 7 or 8 layers of security? Yeah, I am a security kind of guy. Oh, and turn on logging for a while, to see how it works. I do that and can't belive how many porn site my gf's brother goes to...sheesh!

Buy a router that does NAT (Network Address Translation - firewall) and SPI (stateful packet inspection - to prevent dos attackes against your network)


Good luck,
Kevin

PS: All your base are belong to us 8)
 

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I have net gear too, the interface is nicer than linksys...imho. I have both the Netgear wireless network card and access point.
 

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jwilker said:
...WPA. a bit better than WEP
Yes, use WPA instead.

vwjedi said:
5. Disable your SSID
7. I also changed my network to have a non standard ip class and subnet. I put a class B (255.255.0.0) subnet on a C class 192.168.45.x network.
Yes, close your network, or do not broadcast your SSID. Use a different IP address range other than the default, which is usually 192.168.0.x, and subnet mask. Depending on how many hosts/IP addresses you are going to allow, use more subnet bits (if your router allows this).

For example, the IP address range of 192.168.171.128-135. With a subnet mask of 255.255.255.248, your usable IP addresses for hosts would be from 192.168.171.129-134, one of them already assigned to the router.

Just give them more stumbling blocks.
 

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In addition to VWJEDI's recommendations, you should be able to ID and limit the MACs that are authorized to access your wireless router. MAC is an almost unique # given to each network card - get your card's MAC and ID it as the only one to access the router, so your neighbor won't get in when they feel like it. Unless you want to share!
 

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I haven't looked into wpa yet.. I think I will. My new firmware on my router supports it.

Thanks,
Kevin
 

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just picked up a Linksys since my Netgear refuses to give my PDA an IP, but the linksys is such a PITA plugged in and set it up and still couldn't connect any devices to the net. Plugged the netgear in and bam, such an easy to use device.
 

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I haven't had any such issues with my Linksys, though it's not the wireless model. Plug it in, and off I went in a very short time, even after changing my IP range and subnet to non-default values, and setting up connections to my server.

My wireless currently has to be done through a Powerline network (which I still haven't gotten to work under WEP :( ), because either my previous Belkin was a real POS or the mortar in my fireplace (directly in the line of the signal) was the problem, completely killing the signal. Or both. :lol:
 

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I just installed D-Link DI-624 on my system. The install was very easy, and I am getting constant 54 Megs transfer speed to my daughters laptop which has D-Link DWL G-650 PC card. As for security I enabled WEP at 128 bit (26 character alphanumeric password).

It was funny because somebody nearby has wireless network setup completely exposed and I am getting 40 - 60% signal strength where I am from them. I was thinking of logging in and letting them know, but then decided not to do it. Not my problem and I may look bad in the end.
 

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I have a linksys and I love it. I have a PCMCIA (linksys) for the laptop and a generic compact flash wifi card for my PDA. Both work great.

One thing I didn't see mentioned (maybe I missed it) is you should think about limiting the incoming ports as well. For example I only have those ports I need opened up (i.e. 80 for web server, 22 for ssh, etc, etc).
 

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Check out the New D-Link. Almost as fast as Wired in burst mode.

Take it from me, transferring large files over wireless is a PIA. Also, be careful when you use your 2.4 Ghz cordless phone. Get too close to the access point or the computer and you lose the net connection.
 

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Dont forget the underdog, "SMC" has great hardware and usually a little cheaper than the all the poster boy companies out there. No offense, I've used Linksys and Netgear in the past but nothing has been as realiable as my total "smc" wireless network. Wireless router, desktop PCI wirless, and laptop cards all smc and run like a champ. Just my 2 cents.

SG
 
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