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Well I never really had any problem from anyone hacking my network...just wondering how well of a security measure does it provide...compared to WEP , WPA ( I don't know much of others heh )

using a DGL-4300 ( its not black and thats my only complain... )

and I assume mac filtering would be the best right ?
    
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If someone doesn't know what they are doing, MAC filtering will work for keeping people out. But really if you want to make sure that no one is going to get on your network, WEP and MAC filtering are out of the question. All it takes is 10 min or less with someone with the right tools to crack a wep key and then they just have to pick your MAC out of the packets and clone it. WPA is a much better encryption but if you can, use WPA2. Not all older devices support WPA 2 but if your card is newer than mid 2005 more than likely it has WPA 2 compatibility.
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Originally Posted by h4rdcor3 View Post
If someone doesn't know what they are doing, MAC filtering will work for keeping people out. But really if you want to make sure that no one is going to get on your network, WEP and MAC filtering are out of the question. All it takes is 10 min or less with someone with the right tools to crack a wep key and then they just have to pick your MAC out of the packets and clone it. WPA is a much better encryption but if you can, use WPA2. Not all older devices support WPA 2 but if your card is newer than mid 2005 more than likely it has WPA 2 compatibility.
Yup, I use both. I can never remember my WEP key so its pretty simple, but I also have mac filtering (it also doubles as a hash table so I can see MACs->people) to keep all the curious people out. I believe in OSX you can actually set your mac, so its fairly simple to crack into a mac filtered network.
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You cant set a MAC address because it is hard-coded into the hardware like a serial number is, but you can spoof it and therefore make other devices think it is something else...
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hee , I never really got the hang of using WPA2 , seems a tad too complicated...thanks for all the comments btw
    
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Maybe we can help you get things set up.
what type of router are you using?
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I would not necessarily say MAC is the best. It is very effective paired with WEP, but remember WEP is old news and 10 year olds can download WEP key crackers on google LOL....so I would use WPA
    
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well as I stated I'm using DIR-655 ( sorry I wasn't thinking when I typed out DGL-4300 lol )
    
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All I use is MAC address filtering - it is not 100% as it can be spoofed, but people in Georgia aren't that bright so I am not worried. Also, this is important to know: MAC spoofing can only allow them to send information, your router will never respond with any information - so, someone would be able to DoS attack you, but not read your email...

As for encryption, WPA is the only way to go as WEP has pretty much been rendered completely useless.

*I work in a network operations and security center for over 27,000 users.

Forgot to add that without encryption such as wpa, someone could intercept your traffic also - something else I do not worry about.
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nice there !
    
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