Posts Tagged ‘wireless router’

Secure your Wireless Router

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

When I started to read this article, my first thought was, “This is way too basic, most people already know this stuff.” But then I thought again and remembered all of the unsecured wireless routers I’ve run across in the past.

There is no such thing as perfect security. Given enough knowledge, resources, and time any system can be compromised. The best you can do is to make it as difficult for an attacker as possible. That said there are steps you can take to harden your network against the vast majority of attacks. The default configurations for what I call consumer-grade routers offer fairly basic security. To be honest, it doesn’t take much to compromise them. When I install a new router (or reset an existing), I rarely use the ‘setup wizards’. I go through and configure everything exactly how I want it. Unless there is a good reason, I usually don’t leave it as default.


Who’s On My Wifi Notifies You About Freeloaders

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

This sounds like a helpful idea … but wouldn’t it be easier to just do a better job of locking down your router in the first place, and then use the tools provided with most routers to double check for freeloaders?

If your router supports wireless Internet and if WiFi is enabled, then it is theoretically possible that others connect to your network to use your Internet connection. While you can make sure that it is harder for them, for instance by enabling the highest security mode or selecting a secure passphrase that needs to be entered to establish the connection, it can still happen that someone else may find a way to connect to your wireless network.


Troubleshooting Tips for Wireless Connectivity Issues

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Here’s a sensible approach for correcting connectivity problems …

Wireless connectivity is quickly becoming a must-have for companies across the globe. And end users must be able to make these wireless connections quickly and easily. But when a problem arises, the troubleshooting of the connection (especially when it’s done remotely) can be a real challenge. Where do you start? How do you help remote users who have no idea what the Control Panel is or where to find it? This task can drive even the most patient administrator or support specialist crazy.