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    This is a discussion on WiFi settings within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Can someone explain the differant settings on the wifi menue, and which is the most secure. Mode g&b, g only, ...

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      WiFi settings

      Can someone explain the differant settings on the wifi menue, and which is the most secure.

      Mode g&b, g only, Auto 108Mbps

      Allow broardcast of name ssid Yes or no

      Wireless Isolation Yes or no

      WPA - PSK or WPA - 802.1x



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      Re: WiFi settings

      Doubtless the encryption enthusiasts will be bearing down on your post before you can say 'hacker'.

      Meanwhile....choice of mode depends on your adapter -- most are 802.11g, allowing 11g and b saves changing settings if you want to connect an 11b device. Auto 108 forces you onto Channel 6 which may be a problem if a neighbour is using it.

      Better to allow SSID broadcast or someone neighbouring my unintentionally park their network on your frequency and cause interference.

      If wireless isolation means no wireless -- that's the safest, but presumably you want to use wireless.

      WPA is safe (someone will fill in the details). You'll be warned off using WEP -- but 11b adapters like mine only support WEP and I'm not bothered.

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      Re: WiFi settings

      ok,

      WPA - PSK is Pre Shared Key mode. This is what I would recommend using. You have a password or key which everyone must enter to connect to the wireless.

      802.1X is whats know as Enterprise security and is used in the business world. This is a AAA (Authentication Authorisation and Accounting) framework which without getting too technical allows different authentication methods (EAP-Types). Some of these are username/password based others use certificates, one even uses the SIM card from your mobile.

      Client Separation - This prevents wireless clients from talking directly to each other, instead they must go through a switch / router etc. This again is more of an Enterprise thing to prevent lots of dodgy behaviour.


      Which is best. Well first off don't use WEP. WEP sucks you might as well not bother with security if you are going to use WEP. Likewise for hiding your SSID and mac address restriction. Fihart doesn't seem to care about security but you should. The reason to care are numerous and I won't bother going into here, suffice to say you wouldn't leave your wallet lying around or your car unlocked, or your front door wide open. This is a good article on it recently published BBC NEWS | Technology | How to keep your wi-fi network safe


      Use WPA or WPA2 (the sky router doesn't support WPA2 currently) with a Pre Shared Key. Make the PSK long and complicated with letters and numbers (to prevent dictionary based attacks).


      I wouldn't worry about 802.1X or EAP (EAP is an implemenation of 802.1X for wireless). This requires things like RADIUS servers and a high level of technical expertise to setup.

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      Re: WiFi settings

      Quote Originally Posted by madrat View Post
      Allow broardcast of name ssid Yes or no
      Wi-Fi Tip - Disable SSID Broadcast

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      Re: WiFi settings


      this is total rubbish. Disabling the ssid broadcast is a waste of time. The network is still there and visible to everyone and just appears as an unamed network.

      See the attached image. Whats that at the bottom of the list, a hidden ssid, no one will ever know that network exists :-)
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      Last edited by armitasp; 29-04-07 at 07:04 PM.

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      Re: WiFi settings

      Thanks, So basically I just leave it as is on the router.

     

     

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