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Here is the story. Despite the fact that I like to build computers and that I love the internet.....I absolutely hate networking. I find it boring, and sometimes just plain annoying.

Because of which I never have really payed much attention to my home's network and certainly not the network security.

I recently read that asus routers have a big hole in their security system, and guess what I am using? Yeup, the asus black diamond wireless N router.

So I think now is a good time that I sit down, and optimize the network to keep it running fast and safe.

I currently have verizon DSL, so I am only getting about 3 megabit download speeds. I know that this is very slow, but to be honest, I can still game, watch youtube, and download data just fine. However, I would like to squeeze every last drop of performance from our crappy internet.

Not only that, but I would like to make our network a little bit more secure.

That all being said, I have no idea where to even start. None. Zero. Ziltch.

I am hoping that someone would be so kind as to point me in the right direction for smoother/faster internet performance. thumb.gif
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Couple of basics:

Turn off WPS

Don't transmit your SSID

Change the Default passwords... to something really strong... minimum 16 character random Upper/Lower case, Numbers and Special Characters!

Make sure the firewall is on!

Turn off any and all services that the router has that you don't use or need. (UPNP, FTP, Sharing, etc)

Make sure you are using at least WPA2 Personal security... assuming all your devices are compatible with that. (avoid WEP like crazy!)

You can turn on Network filtering and enter the MAC addresses of the systems you trust, if you want... it can be helpful... but more management.

Turn off any Guest Networks.. unless you just have to have them. If you have guest turned on, even checking the no access to intranet won't be 100% secure)

Turn off DHCP, and manually assign IP addresses.

That should help... but there is more. Some good sites for some ideas:

http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/WLAN-security-Best-practices-for-wireless-network-security

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457091.aspx

NSA Datasheet PDF on Wifi Security: www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/factsheets/best_practices_datasheets.pdf
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Some of the above aren't really security minded practices and will just be a PITA (like disabling DHCP, come on man).

Install the latest firmware as advised here, or flash to DD-WRT if supported.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2103981/bugs-and-fixes-asus-router-vulnerability-gives-plug-and-play-a-new-meaning.html

Disable WPS, use WPA2/AES with a long passphrase, change passwords from defaults. No need for hidden SSID or MAC filter as they take seconds to circumvent.

Aside from that you are pretty limited as far as defensive capabilities on consumer grade equipment. Keep in mind of other things too like keeping all of the OS on your network hosts patched, endpoint antivirus and IPS, etc.
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Some of the above aren't really security minded practices and will just be a PITA (like disabling DHCP, come on man).

Install the latest firmware as advised here, or flash to DD-WRT if supported.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2103981/bugs-and-fixes-asus-router-vulnerability-gives-plug-and-play-a-new-meaning.html

Disable WPS, use WPA2/AES with a long passphrase, change passwords from defaults. No need for hidden SSID or MAC filter as they take seconds to circumvent.

Aside from that you are pretty limited as far as defensive capabilities on consumer grade equipment. Keep in mind of other things too like keeping all of the OS on your network hosts patched, endpoint antivirus and IPS, etc.

All of this is quite true. WPA2-AES is the toughest security available for the consumer. And it's REALLY tough. smile.gif Just make sure to only let your password be known by those who absolutely need it or, even better, only you know it and punch it into devices which require it.

WPS should be disabled.

SSID hiding and MAC filtering are more of a pain in the rear than they are a benefit to your security.
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