[bct] Re: Wireless networking and security

  • From: "Joni Colver" <joni.colver@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 17:46:07 -0600

Just a general thank you to everyone who has commented on my question.  Feel 
free to comment further if anyone else has something to add.

I especially appreciate Bill offering to help on the phone if we need it.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brent Harding" <bharding@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 5:37 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Wireless networking and security

WPA is by far more secure than WEP. You want a router that supports it, and
a network card for wireless that does too. I have heard that mac address
filtering is more trouble than it is worth and provides little more for
security than keeping casual mistakes of roaming to the wrong network from
happening. A good router with WPA will make it difficult for hackers in the

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joni Colver" <joni.colver@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "BCT" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 9:32 AM
Subject: [bct] Wireless networking and security

> We currently have a wireless network setup for Internet sharing.  The
> technicians who set up the Comcast connection also did the WEP encryption.
> I have heard more than once that WPA is better security.  I have also
> heard
> about mac addresses but have no idea what this is or how to configure it.
> This message is prompted both by Scott's comments on the subject and the
> fact that we are going to make a long-distance move soon and will have to
> set up a new Internet connection and I feel totally uncertain about what I
> need to do to ensure we have a secure connection.
> I would really like to learn more about this subject but don't know a good
> source of information that is easily understood by someone who is a casual
> computer user.  By that I mean I don't have a computer background and just
> learn what I need to learn to do the things I want to do.  I don't know if
> this subject would lend itself to a podcast but I would certainly
> appreciate
> anyone who has mastered the process of ensuring security with a wireless
> home network sharing even any basic insights.
> Also thanks for the router recommendation Scott.  We are currently just
> renting one so I will make a note of this for our research.  I feel some
> pressure to be up and running as quickly as I can after the move since I
> need my computer for work.
> Joni

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