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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:19 pm    Post subject: Wireless Network Setting Reply with quote

This concerns an XP Pro desktop that is wired to a combo DSL modem/router that is used in a home wireless network.

In looking at the security settings and I see that there are a few to choose from, and I am not sure which to select to have the most secure and locked down network. Which of the following would be best to use?

WEP
WPA-PSK (TKIP)
WPA2-PSK (AES)
WPA-PSK (TKIP) + WPA2-PSK

Also any suggestions as to settings I should look at to secure this network is appreciated....Thanks.

edit: Found the answer to the best security setting burried in some notes of mine.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use WPA2-PSK with password. In addition, I limit the number of allowed MAC addresses, and I must add the MAC address before the network/router will allow the connection.
Additionally, the wireless network name and the home network name are different, so any "Guest" I allow cannot see my home network, much less poke around.

What I have connected:
3 desktops (1 wireless)
3 laptops
3 smartphones
Nook Color
Blu-Ray player
also both grandkids phones and laptops/game consoles when they visit.

Whew!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark H wrote:
I use WPA2-PSK with password. In addition, I limit the number of allowed MAC addresses, and I must add the MAC address before the network/router will allow the connection.
Additionally, the wireless network name and the home network name are different, so any "Guest" I allow cannot see my home network, much less poke around.

What I have connected:
3 desktops (1 wireless)
3 laptops
3 smartphones
Nook Color
Blu-Ray player
also both grandkids phones and laptops/game consoles when they visit.

Whew!


Mark,

Thanks for the reply. I had it set on WPA2-PSK so I am good there, but your other suggestions I will look at regarding the MAC address allowed and the network name.
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