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zonereyrie
So much to do, so little time...
Well, I worked late last night since I'd been missing time for house stuff, then I went to the old apartment to gather up all of the PCs and networking gear, as well as other stuff I could pack in the car. (See epu for details - basically the net there was turned off unexpectedly early and I had to emergency move the servers to here.) Then it was home and hooking up and configuring all of the stuff. I ended up crashing sometime after dawn, actually after 7AM I think...

So I got up a little while ago and just jumped on to see what's going on. I need to go back to the apartment to do some cleaning and collect more of my stuff. I only have today and tomorrow to get the rest of the stuff out of there. It is doable, just need to make some shuttle runs back and forth. I decided to fire up Network Stumbler while I was sitting here, just to see, and I ended up picking up at least 6 11g networks and an 11b network. Only two 11g networks have WEP enabled - mine and 'Cowboy'. Most of them are very weak, but there is on in the 'green' zone that seems to be open - 'boomer'. A couple of 'linksys', etc - people don't change the default SSID. I not only change mine, I turn off SSID broadcast. I'd use WPA-PSK, but TiVo doesn't support it yet, so WEP it is.

The other thing I noticed is that ALL of them are using channel 6. Mine was too, so I switched to channel 1 and immediately got a stronger connection. So it is useful to check such things. :-)

So, off to find food and then pack and clean...

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I am: hungry hungry
Current Media: TiVo: The Tick

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Comments
mackys From: mackys Date: July 17th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Use MAC filtering too if you want real security.

Turning off the SSID is a good idea, but it's not a magic bullet. A determined cracker can still find out your SSID if they listen to the network for long enough. Or, if they just get lucky and you happen to turn on (or un-sleep) your your laptop while they're listening.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: July 17th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Use MAC filtering too if you want real security.

Oh, I know. Once I have everything setup I'll probably lock down things by MAC. Even that isn't perfect, MAC's can be spoofed too. It just adds layers of security.

Right now I figure I'm reasonably secure - my PC has a software firewall so even if they get on my LAN they'd then have to penetrate that to get into the PC, and I'm not really running any services. And if someone is trolling my residential neighborhood for networks to get on, I appear to be surrounded by softer targets. :-)
mackys From: mackys Date: July 17th, 2005 05:22 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Use MAC filtering too if you want real security.

And if someone is trolling my residential neighborhood for networks to get on, I appear to be surrounded by softer targets. :-)

I think this is the true key to security... ;]
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: July 17th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
One thing I'm looking forward to with my switch to the cable Internet (from DSL - we're losing the land line) is that the wireless router will be moving into the living room. We can then use a USB wired card for the Tivo and plug it into the router directly and enable the WPA-PSK encryption for the rest of us.
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