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#41427 16-Sep-2009 08:27
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hey guys

just wondering i recently purchased a D Link DIR 300 and with all the security measures going around, i wanted to know what was the best way to secure my network without anyone having to hack into it. I have no clue what to do, so id greatly appreciate any help from anyone.

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  #256010 16-Sep-2009 08:30
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Change your SSID
Change your admin password
Configure WPA (NOT WEP)
Disable SSID broadcast

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  #256011 16-Sep-2009 08:43
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To add to the above post, you'll find all of the wireless settings by logging into your router, clicking on 'Wireless Setup' and then clicking on 'Manual Wireless Connection Setup'.

Change your SSID (the box that says Wireless Network Name)
Configure WPA (NOT WEP) (Security Mode)
Disable SSID broadcast (Enable Hidden Wireless)

DIR-300's also have Tomizone built in - best to disable that unless you are using it (Tomizone Setup)

You can change the Admin password by clicking on Maintenance at the top.

(Yay for having one of these connected to our network at the moment!)


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  #256012 16-Sep-2009 08:51
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Hi, as Tony says, change your SSID, not that it makes it more secure, simply personalises your AP. Disabling SSID achieves little, maybe for people using the standard Windows WiFi manager, but even a simple iPod touch will show any AP with hidden SSID not that it can show the SSID but it can show the presence of the AP, and let you connect.

WPA or preferably WPA2 is a must and this is the only real security measure needed and use a good key that consists of letters and numbers that mean something to you but not a normal english language grammatical string. As mentioned changing the admin password and blocking admin access via the Wireless port (which should be off by default) are important.


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  #256015 16-Sep-2009 09:05
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If you can adjust the transmit power then try different settings until you have connection problems. I run mine at 6% as I only use the wireless to connect to a printer in the same room.  At work we run them at 25%, gives full coverage throught a reasonable sized warehouse full of racking and no coverage outside the building.

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  #256447 17-Sep-2009 11:55
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thanks all for your replys! can say ive done all i can to secure my wireless connection!. Im now praying i dont get a big bill at then end of each month! lol

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