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I was browsing my router's config page and I'm going to try and secure this up some more. Should I change my router's name and hostname, or would that just **** up my router lol. Also, what is MTU and Size for? Mine's set to Auto and Size is at 1500. Any advice on those following items?

Also, would you suggest using a DDNS service for my router so that I'm not using IPs to access my network or what?

And for Mac Address Clone, I need to just leave that alone right?

Under Advanced Routing, what is Static Routing? Is it useful?

For Wireless, should I set my SSID to broadcast or what? I can still connect to it if it's not broadcasting right or what?

And for Wireless Security, here's what my router offers. Which one would be more secure? WPA Pre-Shared Key, WPA RADIUS, RADIUS, and WEP.

Also, what and how would I setup Wireless Mac Filters? Is that useful or what?

Should I enable Filter Internet NAT Redirection, what is it?

I'm guessing all I need to be using is Port Forwarding and leave Port Triggering, and DMZ alone, right? Also, is QoS what I'd be looking at to manage my upload/down speeds to keep my browsing fast while uploading for work or what?
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No reason to edit anything you don't know what is, especially when it comes to networking.

MTU is the maximum transfer unit. Many websites uses 1500, and as such, it's good thing to let it be it. I only recommend increasing it internally, if you are getting slow internal speeds.

Using a Dynamic DNS provider won't make much of a difference if you aren't going to access your computer from the outside, as all requests are IP based. Essentially, when you're connecting to overclock.net, you're actually sending a request to the IP assigned to the DNS host, overclock.net (in this case, overclock.net is 67.220.212.115).

MAC Address isn't of much use if you aren't having issues. ISPs give you your IP address from your MAC address, activating it won't make much of a difference.

Static routing is nothing useful if it's all perfectly working. Autoconfiguration with DHCP and so on will automatically make working routing tables.

For the wireless, there is honestly no reason not to set it to broadcast. If you're using a difficult enough passphrase (and you're using WPA), then it shouldn't be much of a problem. It also saves some hassle for setting up computers that needs to be connected. WPA-PSK (Pre-Shared Key) is the most common authentication used, and as such I recommend you use that.

No reason to set up wireless MAC filters unless you're not running a secured network (and even then, it's a bad form of security).

Internet NAT redirection might have something to do with port forwarding, I'm not entirely sure though.

QoS is used to assure that certain things (such as browsing) gets more priority than others - hence Quality of Service. If set up correctly, it really improves your pings.
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I don't know why but I just thought I'd bring this up... did you know that with an apple router you're invisible to anyone? I was wondering if you could do the same thing with a lynksis.
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I don't know why but I just thought I'd bring this up... did you know that with an apple router you're invisible to anyone? I was wondering if you could do the same thing with a lynksis.
That is the biggest load of crap I've ever heard. A router can not hide you from the internet. The only thing that even remotely sounds like it is that it doesn't forward and ports and doesn't respond to any pings. You can't completely hide a router from the internet other than by unplugging it.
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I don't know why but I just thought I'd bring this up... did you know that with an apple router you're invisible to anyone? I was wondering if you could do the same thing with a lynksis.
That is super vague, do you mean not broadcasting your SSID? Any router can do that, even my cheapo $25 ativa from Office Depot could.
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That is the biggest load of crap I've ever heard. A router can not hide you from the internet. The only thing that even remotely sounds like it is that it doesn't forward and ports and doesn't respond to any pings. You can't completely hide a router from the internet other than by unplugging it.
no man you really can, but i mean your hostname... hiding your hostname to other wireless capable devices. the only way to find it is by manually typing down the name to connect to your wireless router.
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no man you really can, but i mean your hostname... hiding your hostname to other wireless capable devices. the only way to find it is by manually typing down the name to connect to your wireless router.
You mean hiding your SSID? That's pretty common... as videoman5 said all (even crap) wireless routers can do that. Nothing special.
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That is the biggest load of crap I've ever heard. A router can not hide you from the internet. The only thing that even remotely sounds like it is that it doesn't forward and ports and doesn't respond to any pings. You can't completely hide a router from the internet other than by unplugging it.
Routers hides your computer right?
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Routers hides your computer right?
Essentially yes, but it does not hide you from the internet. People from the outside will see your router, not your computer.
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Don't ever consider a network 'secure' based on the assumption that a router hides a machine that is behind it. NAT (Network Address Translation) will hide internal IPs from public IPs (the internet) but it is still easy to find the MAC addresses - hard-coded device identifiers - of machines connected to a wireless router. Matter of fact, when compromising a wireless network or testing for integrity, the IP is totally ignored and the MAC is used to identify devices.

Best security policies for a home network would be WPA2-PSK encryption (avoid TKIP) and a hidden SSID. Hidden SSID and MAC filtering (if you use it) are very basic protection features though, anyone with a bit on knowledge who really wants to compromise your network can bypass those features in minutes.

And if you don't know what a feature on your router does, it's probably best to leave it at default.
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