Posts Tagged ‘router’

Netgear Releases First Final Firmware Updates for Router Security Issue

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

If you’ve got a Netgear router in your office or home, it’s probably a good idea to be aware of this fix for a recent security glitch.

Netgear has released the first batch of production firmware fixes for company routers affected by a serious security vulnerability. Cert issued a warning on December 9, 2016 that several Netgear routers are vulnerable to arbitrary command injection. Cert listed only two router models but has since then added other models to the list.

(more…)

Netgear DGND3700 N600 ADSL2+ Fibre Cable Router Review

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Come to think of it, I could use a new router at home too …

Recently Netgear sent me their new DGND3700 router for review, which was very lucky as mine was playing up at the time.  Now on the face of it you might not think the arrival of a router for review would be anything exciting, in this case you could very well be wrong.  This model is one of the company’s top-end N600 range and it somehow manages to pack in just about every feature you could ever want in a router.  The big question though is, is it any good?

(more…)

ActiveX Controls and Windows Update Errors – Fix the Traffic

Monday, October 10th, 2011

If you’re running into a lot of errors while trying to update Windows, here’s a trick that might help …

Initially, when your computer is new and you have a fresh Windows 7 installation, Windows Update works perfectly. You see no errors, everything is set to automatic and you need not lift a finger. Then, as you actually use your PC for awhile and utilize its capabilities, one day you see the error messages. Windows Update failed and you are given a virtually useless error code. This is often most easily remedied by Microsoft’s “Fix-It” utility or by online assistance from Microsoft.

(more…)

Why You Should Encrypt Your Wi-Fi

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Given the fact that just about everybody owns a wireless router these days, this article definitely offers some interesting food for thought …

If you go out to the computer store and buy yourself a new router and take it home, you’ll probably find that it will work straight out of the box. Most these days have wizards that help you to configure settings to connect to your Internet service quickly and easily. Most routers also are set up as a DHCP server by default, so as soon as your new router is on the network, your computer can connect to is and be assigned an IP address. Router manufacturers do this so their devices are perceived to be easy to use and set up – and for the most part they are.

(more…)

Types of Wi-Fi Encryption You Can Use

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

This is a nice, concise, side-by-side comparison of the most popular wi-fi encryption standards …

There are many types of Wi-Fi encryption you can use on modern Internet routers. So which one should you use? Many people don’t even use encryption, and those that do just pick an encryption type at random without knowing what they do. Most encryption types are better than nothing at all, but some are more suitable than others.

(more…)

Network Troubleshooting Basics: The Ipconfig Command

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Once again, this is bound to be old news for many, but it’s also likely to be helpful for some too …

This article is the second in a series of the basics of network troubleshooting. Last time, the ping command was demonstrated. Now the ipconfig command will be covered (the Linux/Mac ifconfig & route commands will be touched on too). While this is a basic tutorial, there are some advanced tips and topics included.

(more…)

Why Your Home Router is 192.168.1.1

Friday, April 29th, 2011

In the broader scheme of things, this is kind of a minor issue … but it does serve to answer an interesting question.

These days, there is one piece of networking equipment that has become much more common: the router. Many of them actually have the same IP (Internet Protocol) number, 192.168.1.1, and for an interesting reason.

(more…)

The web attack that leads hackers straight to your home

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Great, just great … as if I didn’t have enough to worry about already.

Is it possible, is there such a thing as an attack that can tell a hacker where you live?  The BBC has revealed that a specially booby-trapped website can tell a hacker where you are to only a few metres.

The attack was dreamt up by security expert Sam Kamkar who demonstrated at the Black Hat hackers conference a website exploiting common shortcomings in a router to reveal it’s real-world location.

(more…)

The Sleeping Giant Awakes: Cisco Launches First Smart Grid Products

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

I’d like to get a look at some of this smart grid equipment; it sounds kind of like a gigantic, metered PDU on steroids …

If you’ve been wondering (like we have) what exactly networking giant Cisco planned to sell to utilities for the smart grid, ponder no longer. Cisco announced its first smart grid-specific products on Tuesday, including a router and grid switch, which are based on its traditional networking products but have been built specifically for the utility environment.

Cisco’s new smart grid gear — dubbed the Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Router (CGR 2010) and the Cisco 2500 Series Connected Grid Switch (CGS 2520) — gives utilities another option for deploying smart grid networks, and offers them the security of having the deep pockets and extensive supply chain of a big company. Utilities are risk averse by nature, have to abide by very specific regulations for maintaining service and for the most part, prefer to work with a big company with decades of experience under its belt.

(more…)

Your ISP And Your Router Want To Hit You With Redirection Ads – Users note that Cisco ‘feature’ still annoys…

Friday, May 21st, 2010

If you’ve been getting redirected to a lot of strange, ad-filled pages lately, this might explain why …


Of course the majority of large ISPs now engage in DNS redirection advertisement, which creates a new revenue stream for ISPs by redirecting users to an ad-laden search portal instead of a 404 when they enter a misspelled or nonexistent URL. Now users in our Linksys forum note that some Linksys-branded routers are hijacking user 404s and redirecting users to a Yahoo ad portal before their ISP even gets the chance. Fortunately it looks like the “feature” can be disabled, only comes in certain models — and of course you can always install third-party custom firmware — which often provides more functionality anyway. Update: Or not. User uid://1458205 writes in annoyed:

(more…)