I just set mine up today. The baby is due the 24th(although I think itll be here sooner) so I had to get rid of the desktop and get a laptop. And since I did that I decided to go wireless as well. I think I have a pretty good concept of security so Im hoping Im not open to the neighbors to access my connection One good thing is I live on a no outlet road with 8 houses, so no one can sit outside(on the road) and get access. And my neighbors are all much older and most likely dont have a PC. For those of you with WI FI connections at home I was wondering what you all run to protect yourself from outside intruder connections?
I have i here. I use it for my lap top and I'm changing my wifes to wireless also to get rid of the wiring all over. Not a single problem at all. Nice to take my LT to the basement, Garage, my office or where ever with out losing a signal
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did mine a few weeks ago and switched from a dsl to cable then added the wireless---it got so hosed up that even the cable guru couldnt make it work---finally got the cable modem to talk to the router ---the cable drops out now and then and i have to renew the connection---other than that its ok---saves 40 bucks a month over dsl
If you like, and if you have a bit of ability, one can usually only allow access to the router from devices with given MAC id's. These are usually those of the network interface cards in the different machines. A real trick will be if you can use a networked printer from your laptop... if the printer is attached to the computer with the modem attached. If all CPUs have the same OS then it shouldn't be too difficult, just try and remember your network name, the encryption key (change from channel 6 and no encryption), and your DSL/Cable provider login id. I think the shared printer was the most difficult thing for me. I had a DLink and a Linksys wireless card for 2 computers and a Dlink router but the make/model didn't seem to be an issue, the issue was the LT was running WindowsME (blah). Good luck.
Oh yeah, if you only have a laptop, I'm not sure what you'll use to connect your router too. Generally you need a computer hardwired to the router to configure it. Then the other connections can be either wired or wireless. Not sure there though, I have never tried.
If you have a computer hardwired to your wireless router, you can turn the radio off for the best security when not in use. Hard to hack a signal that's not being broadcast. Learn your wireless router's management page (typically a local web page, 192.1xx.x.x or something like that) and locate the option where you can turn your radio off. When you're not using the wireless, access the page and turn the radio off. When you want to use it again, simply log into the router page using the hardwired PC and turn it on again.
Other methods (WEP, WPA, use of MAC addresses, etc.) are good methods as well.
Well as of now, Im running WEP 128 bit 64 encryption. I have one laptop and one PC running wireless. If I need to hardwire it I can do that with either to change router settings. I think overall Im pretty secure, like I read most people only look for open connections rather than spend time trying to break an encryptioned connection...
We got rid of the desktop and got daughter a wireless laptop in addition to the wife and I's. We nedded to purchase a wireless printer sever to run the printer. Occasional problems with signal acquisition and occasionally phone may interfere with cable link. We have bundled service phone/cable Inet/TV includes unlimited long distance calls for about $115/mnth. Very happy so far. Security does not seem to be an issue only thing I know we have is MAC address filter.
I would use wireless but there is one problem with it...I am a gamer and to any true gamer wireless sucks. If you don't game then it is great, but for gaming it sucks because it has a slight responce delay that you won't notice unless you game. You will get tired of dieing if FPS all the time before you even had a chance and all because you are on wireless. But like I said, if you don't game, then go for it, but if you do, then stay away from wireless.
Agreed . . . wireless is great if your not gaming . . . . i have my laptops set up on wireless and my gaming machine is hardwired and my server of course . . . not to mention the xbox has to be wired. . . just depends on what you do . . . wireless is great if you want to take the laptop to the garage to update the gps in the boat . . . it however stinks if your trying to play a game from the casting seat . . . . . . . like everything in life it has its positives and negatives . . . all depends on how you use it and how strong your signal is . . . . . . happy surfing . .