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Restticting wireless network by MAC


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Adrian04

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I have a Linksys BEFW11S4 router and cable modem connected. I'm connected thorugh ethernet and two others wirelessly. When I tried to set up security using WEP, the wireless PCs could never connect so I now restrict access by MAC address. How secure is this? I also disable SSID broadcast so people can't see it says my network is unsecured.
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It's pretty safe, but the more you can stack, the better. Keep in mind that this will only stop you from 99% of the people. If someone really wants to get into your network, they'll find a way. The more security you have, the better off you are.
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That's probably the best thing you can do. Disabling the SSID allows your connection to be masked to the viewing public unless they know the name of it. Try changing the SSID to something you wouldn't easily guess.

Also, I would strongly suggest you use WPA vs WEP. A WEP key can be broken in a matter of minutes.
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Turning off the ssid isnt very effective either, like these wireless pirates <-- thats what i call them :whistling: seen here.
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heh. Entertaining article :whistling: You can do whatever you want to encure security, but if they want in, they'll get in.
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exactamundo <----- I stole that from Mr. Snipes :whistling:

They prefer the term "Wardrivers" but I prefer Wireless Pirates since in reality they are just thiefs, plus wardrivers has a romantic ring to it that may lure the unsuspecting honest abe.

Edited by SpaceCowboy706, 22 October 2006 - 08:19 PM.

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and MAGICALLY IT APPEARED!

...no, its called the user being stupid and either:

A: Just turned off the SSID and has an unencrypted network
B: Using WEP and kismet broke it in a matter of minutes, which wouldnt surprise me

Also, make sure you update the firmware of the router. Newer updates from most vendors elimanate the broadcast of certain "intresting" packets that can make it easier to crack an encryption key.
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If your using a linksys router and you dont have HyperWrt as your firmware with WPA then your just askin for it.
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