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  Reply # 1608588 10-Aug-2016 13:47
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Kol12: Probably because of this, I quote from howtogeek.com: 

 

 "Consumer routers are shaping up to be a perfect storm of security problems — they’re not automatically updated with new security patches, they’re connected directly to the Internet, manufacturers quickly stop supporting them, and many consumer routers seem to be full of bad code that leads to UPnP exploits and easy-to-exploit backdoors. It’s smart to take some basic precautions."

 

Don't believe everything you read on the internet.

 

- The router is remotely upgradable via TR-069/ACS.

 

- There IS new firmware out every now and again that you can apply

 

- Spark supports the router, they supplied it to you. Depending on if you upgrade to UFB they will send you a new one.

 

- All Spark supplied routers are tested to ensure UPnP and other such exploits aren't there when the router ships in default config. That's not to say you can't configure it yourself to be insecure. But the default config is to have it as secure as it can be.

 

 

 

Yes it's not the fastest router and it doesn't have AC or Gigabit LAN ports (like the 659).

 

But for a free router supplied by an ISP that works well on ADSL, VDSL and sub 100Mbit UFB it's not too shabby IMHO.






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If you are really worried about your router security try the following:

 

1.  Disable WPS.  It takes on average 11,000 attempts to crack WPS.  With modern laptops 11,000 attempts doesn't take long at all. WPS is a system that is up there with MAC address filtering on the "it sounded good at the time" scale.

 

2.  Change your router admin password so it is 25+ characters long with small letters, capitals, numbers and special characters.

 

3.  Ensure the wireless authentication is WPA2 AES.  Telecom are shipping routers with a mixed mode (WPA TKIP and WPA2 AES) passphrase.

 

4.  Change the wireless passphrase so it is 63 characters long (this is the longest currently supported) with small letters, capitals, numbers and special characters.  IMPORTANT: Record the passphrase somewhere secure.

 

The easiest way to gain access to a residential wireless network is as follows:

 

  • Deauthenticate a currently connected client (this is the only time you transmit) or wait until a client attempts to authenticate (no transmission required).
  • Capture the four way handshake (this is where the router and the client work out if they both have the same key)
  • Run the four way handshake capture through any number of offline applications that utilise dictionary files.  If the wireless passphrase is in the dictionary file these applications will report it.  If it is not then they won't.

How many of these dictionary files are likely to have all the possible 63 character passphrases made up of small letters, capitals, numbers and special characters?




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  Reply # 1608693 10-Aug-2016 15:39
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BarTender:

 

 

 

Don't believe everything you read on the internet.

 

- The router is remotely upgradable via TR-069/ACS.

 

- There IS new firmware out every now and again that you can apply

 

- Spark supports the router, they supplied it to you. Depending on if you upgrade to UFB they will send you a new one.

 

- All Spark supplied routers are tested to ensure UPnP and other such exploits aren't there when the router ships in default config. That's not to say you can't configure it yourself to be insecure. But the default config is to have it as secure as it can be.

 

 

 

Yes it's not the fastest router and it doesn't have AC or Gigabit LAN ports (like the 659).

 

But for a free router supplied by an ISP that works well on ADSL, VDSL and sub 100Mbit UFB it's not too shabby IMHO.

 

 

 

 

So I should be checking Spark for new hg630b firmware's? The one they have available to download currently looks to be older than the one I have. 

 

I'm still looking for hg630b specs, anyone have them?

 

 

 

BTW How the heck do you get such a fast download speed? I spoke to Spark and I'm pretty sure she said the max they have is 200 Mb/s.


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  Reply # 1608729 10-Aug-2016 16:19
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Kol12:

 

 What about the Huawei 630b on specs? The above poster claims their not glowing... I still can't find any official specs...

 

 

you didn't bother to read the link i posted, it contains a link to the latest firmware and also has the specs of the device




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  Reply # 1608777 10-Aug-2016 17:33
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Jase2985:

 

Kol12:

 

 What about the Huawei 630b on specs? The above poster claims their not glowing... I still can't find any official specs...

 

 

you didn't bother to read the link i posted, it contains a link to the latest firmware and also has the specs of the device

 

 

 

 

I'm sorry, I overlooked your reply with that link. Where do you get the 10/100 spec from, I can't see that. 

 

The admin page for my router shows the software version of the router but not the date of it so I can't tell if the update from Spark is newer...


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  Reply # 1609793 10-Aug-2016 19:36
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the page that says features

 

 

 

  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN Port
  • 4 x 100 Megabit Fast Ethernet LAN Ports

100Megabit is another word for 10/100 ethernet port

 

 




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  Reply # 1609805 10-Aug-2016 19:52
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Jase2985:

 

the page that says features

 

 

 

  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN Port
  • 4 x 100 Megabit Fast Ethernet LAN Ports

100Megabit is another word for 10/100 ethernet port

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok I've got it. So I got told by Spark today that I would be looking at about 27 mb/s download with a vdsl connection, does that sound right?


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  Reply # 1609809 10-Aug-2016 20:07
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it could be anywhere from 100mb/s to 15mb/s depends on heaps of factors. look up the many many other threads on this. realistically what you will get will only be realised when the connection is installed and connected

 

at least you are with spark and you will get a master filter/splitter as part of your install (please make sure you get confirmation of that with the CSR when you order)




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  Reply # 1609855 10-Aug-2016 21:43
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Jase2985:

 

it could be anywhere from 100mb/s to 15mb/s depends on heaps of factors. look up the many many other threads on this. realistically what you will get will only be realised when the connection is installed and connected

 

at least you are with spark and you will get a master filter/splitter as part of your install (please make sure you get confirmation of that with the CSR when you order)

 

 

 

 

I better check that I'm using a splitter but pretty sure I am. Sorry, what's the CSR?

 

Back to my router for a minute, do you know what the default setting for the firewall is on the hg630b? I'm on Low currently.




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  Reply # 1609863 10-Aug-2016 21:56
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How can I work out whether the current firmware Spark has for the hg630b is newer than what I have?


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  Reply # 1609897 11-Aug-2016 05:26
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customer services representative




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  Reply # 1610065 11-Aug-2016 12:19
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Does anyone know what the default firewall setting is on the hg630b?


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  Reply # 1610106 11-Aug-2016 14:04
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factory reset it and find out




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  Reply # 1610165 11-Aug-2016 15:25
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Jase2985:

 

factory reset it and find out

 

 

 

 

If I could avoid a factory reset for the sake of a simple low or high setting...

 

 


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  Reply # 1610167 11-Aug-2016 15:27
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read the manual?

 

 

 

have you touched it since you got it?

 

 

 

still not sure how this thread is still going


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