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Security in Microsoft wireless router

I am going to implement a wireless LAN in my home and I'm concerned about security. I purchased a Microsoft wireless router and I would like to add some level/layer of security above the WEP. Is this possible? Should I be concerned about security on my home wireless LAN?
Security is always something to be concerned about. I don't know what specific features your Microsoft wireless router provides - but if you use it at home - I recommend the following:

  1. Secure your WEP keys and don?t broadcast SSID.
  2. Check if your router as a MAC based filter. This MAC filter should allow you to add only your internal systems MAC address to allow access.

If you really want tight security then you can use:

  1. Disable DHCP from your router and use static IP address on your clients.
  2. Add only this static IP addresses in your router to allow access, if you have this option on your WAP.

If you don't have any of above features on your WAP, please buy one that has the above mentioned features, which will provide more security.

This was last published in January 2003

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