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post #1 of 10
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hi all...

i am about to change my ISP but most of them are through a wireless router
i have heard all sorts about ppl hacking your system through wireless .. is this a myth ??
also regarding connection speed is there any difference in a cable modem or a
wireless router ??

thanx
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people can hack it only if ur WEP is open

put in a password. make sure you can remember it...

There is a bit of difference in it. I prefer Cabled up. but Depends on your Receiver and router.
I have a trendnet router that blows away any Dlink and Linksys router cause there both crap.
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This is not a myth wireless hacking is possible i have done it in my home before. As long as you use a good long password with wpa2 enabled you will be fine.
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If you are a gamer, wireless isn't the best option. You have higher latencies and most likely have more than one person on an access point. Cable you have *up to* speeds but will never get that high and the upload on cable is pathetic. I would take the cable

If you are concerned about people cracking the access point, make sure you don't have an open router or are using WEP. WPA, or WPA2 are much better security technologies. WEP can be cracked in less than 10 min.
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thanx all ....
i am a gamer so thats pretty much answered my question ....
cable it is
cheers
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First off, they don't issue you service through a wireless router, or any wireless with the exception of Satellite. The connection will come through a cable.

They give you a modem/gateway, and you supply the rest. Connect what ever you can using wired, and everything else through wireless.

Pick up a nice Linksys or Buffalo wireless router for the wireless stuff, it should come with a built in 3-4 port wired connection too.

Set the encryption to WPA 2, and set the router to only allow specified MAC addresses. Then find the mac addresses of your wireless devices, and enter them it. ("ipconfig \\all")
    
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I do not like wireless because its slower and flaky. And like what was said above, the latencies suck. Not as bad as satellite though!
    
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I use wireless to my room just for the sake of cal matches. Ive installed it in my sister room and it works fairly well with large downloads and such i honestly cant really tell the difference.
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Originally Posted by Xx573v3xX_Z28 View Post
people can hack it only if ur WEP is open

put in a password. make sure you can remember it...

There is a bit of difference in it. I prefer Cabled up. but Depends on your Receiver and router.
I have a trendnet router that blows away any Dlink and Linksys router cause there both crap.
Wow... do some research please. WEP is a security protocol you have to turn on.... it's not a "thing" and it can't be open. It's either on or off. Yes it's a crap protocol that's easier to hack, but get the facts.

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First off, they don't issue you service through a wireless router, or any wireless with the exception of Satellite. The connection will come through a cable.
Nope. There are now several companies (mostly new comers just getting rolling) that now offer wireless to home internet. You must use a device they provide to receive the signal and get online. An example would be Clearwire. Google it. Cool stuff. They've revamped wifi equipment and can now produce a siganl useable 30 miles from the tower.




My advice: Cable internet. Cable has the better transfer speed (over most DSL companies). Use hard line connnections for gaming as they're more reliable (and hard line cables are 2x as fast as wireless G). If you're looking to network a few computers someone reccomended Linksys or Buffalo router.. That's sound advice.
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Nope. There are now several companies (mostly new comers just getting rolling) that now offer wireless to home internet. You must use a device they provide to receive the signal and get online.
True, but overall, it really isn't an option for most.

I have a friend who was going to get that (via a tower in an area that cable and DSL were never going to go and the only option was satellite. Unfortunately he has a hill that blocks his house ... poor guy.
    
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