Tips for Securing Your Home Router
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router — and by extension, your network — is as secure as possible.
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Monday, 30 April 2001
-802.11a chipset maker Atheros
Communications announced today that Card
have joined their "Premier Partners" program. The
release says that this membership gives these companies
early access to Atheros technology for development of networking
products based on the 54Mbps standard.
- Linksys is announcing three products at
NW+I...two routers and a "SOHO server". See
the NW+I pre-show report
for the scoop! We've also added some more info
on the new Ositis hardware products.
- Looking for a router that is guaranteed
to work with Cisco IPsec VPN? Cisco's
recently announced 3002
VPN Hardware Client series should take care of
you. The 3002-BUN-K9 is street priced around
and has one public and one private LAN Ethernet ports.
The 3002-8E-BUN-K9 incorporates an 8 port 10/100
switch and bumps the price up to around $850
or so. Not cheap, but worth it if Cisco VPN is what ya
Friday, 27 April 2001
- If you're running a wireless network, especially
if it's one at work, this MSNBC/WSJ
article is worth a read. [Thnx Mike Campbell!]
Thursday, 26 April 2001
- Having trouble connecting your new G4 Mac
to a Netgear RT314 router? Check this
tip from the Netgear
- Intersil recently announced version 3 of
their 802.11b wireless PRISM chipset.
The new chipset reduces the number of devices required for an
802.11b radio from five to four,
(four to three by Intersil's
count, which doesn't include the VCO) and boasts 15 patents
pending and a direct-conversion radio design. The product
will be available later this year and will
cut the materials cost for an 802.11b radio by about one-third.
More info in this EETimes
article. [Thnx Brian Barrera!]
- The press releases and announcements related to the upcoming
+Interop Las Vegas show are starting to come in.
Check out our pre-show coverage
for news of new products from Buffalo Technology, Ositis, and
- Linksys's1.38.4 and 1.38.5
BETA firmware has both an SPI capability
and a Triggered port mapping capability.
The SPI capability may be just what Netmeeting users are looking
for to allow multiple machines to use Netmeeting. See
Help page for more info including BETA download
links, but remember this is BETA firmware.
Proceed at your own risk!
- Multitech just told us that they've released
Version 4.48 firmware for their RF500S
Routefinder router that includes support for IPsec
passthru and Netmeeting, along with other fixes. See our
for the download and ReadMe
Monday, 23 April 2001
- Reader Jeff Swartz tipped us to info that will help you if
you're trying to get an Apple AirPort card
to talk to non Apple 802.11b products while
using WEP encryption. Here's
Sunday, 22 April 2001
is running specials this week on Linksys wireless networking
products (prices below are after "instant"
and mail-in rebates):
- WAP11 Access Point - $180
- WPC11 PC Card - $80
- WDT11 PCI adapter - $30 [Thnx Monty Solomon & Jack Choy!]
Saturday, 21 April 2001
- The Forums are back up, but with a different
format than usual. We also lost most new posts
and user registrations between sometime Thursday
19 April and Friday 20 April. So if you don't
see your message, or your login isn't recognized, please post
or register again. Sorry for the problems and we hope
to have the format fixed on Monday.
Friday, 20 April 2001
-Yikes! Looks like someone's stolen the
Forums! We're trying to find out where
they went, so check back later.
- Maybe Intel's defection from the HomeRF camp lit a fire under
them, or maybe things are just moving along on schedule!
At any rate Proxim is lining up folks to see
a 10Mbps HomeRF 2.0 demonstration at Networld
+ Interop the week of May 6. We'll be there and have a report
for you shortly after.
- CompUSA is running a special in some parts
of the country (Atlanta is one) for today and tomorrow
only. All wireless networking products are
$50 off! Check your local newspaper! [Thnx Axel
- D-Link has rolled out the DI-713P,
which adds a bi-directional parallel print server to its popular
DI-713 wireless router.
On-line pricing is in the $240-$260 range but
we're not sure of availability.
Thursday, 19 April 2001
- We enter the brave, new, world of PocketPCs with our review
of TRENDnet's TE-CF100 CompactFlash 10/100Mbps Fast
Ethernet Adapter. If you've been looking for an inexpensive
way to get your PocketPC connected to your LAN, take a look
at the review.
- SMC has rebates through April 30
on the following products: SMC7004BR-$20 (4 port Barricade router), SMC7004WBR-$50 (Wireless Barricade router), SMC2652W-$60 (Wireless Access point), and EZNET-24SW-$100(Dual-Speed Desktop switch).
Go to this
SMC page to download coupons. [Thnx Jae-Shin Lee!]
Wednesday, 18 April 2001
- Yes, we're still here! Sorry about the lack of news
for the past few days. We've been busy on the new Product
Guide feature. This will replace our present
Hardware Router and Wireless Product charts with a database-driven
system. Should be easier for us to maintain and for you to use!
- SOHOware has released new firmware for their
BroadGuard Cable/DSL router. This update
adds port forwarding and corrects many of the deficiencies noted
in our review. Check our updated
review for the download and release
- SMC has released 1.92B firmware
for the wireless Barricade and 1.92A for their
regular Barricade routers. More info on the Help
Sunday, 15 April 2001
- Linksys sent us their 1.38.5 BETA
firmware for Linky. Go
here for the download info.
Thursday, 12 April 2001
- If you have an Alcatel Speed Touch Home ADSL Modem,
or Alcatel 1000 ADSL Network Termination Device,
your network connection is vulnerable to unauthorized
access, unauthorized monitoring, information leakage, denial
of service, and permanent disability of affected devices.
Read this CERT
advisory, the original SDSC
report, or this AP
article for more info. You may also want to contact
your DSL provider for advice ASAP!
reports that Asante was showing
a new 802.11b wireless router (the FR3002AL)
at this week's Seybold Seminars. No availability info,
but SRP is $319. The product has two
10/100 switched Ethernet ports and a parallel port printserver.
Asante confirms that intro will be around the end of April.
[Thnx Stefan Wagner!]
has the SMC 11Mbps Access Point 2620W kit (includes
one client PC card) for $250 after discounts,
instant rebate and $50 mail-in rebate. Offer ends this Saturday.
[Thnx Steve Cullen!]
Wednesday, 11 April 2001
- Don't let that blinking "Diag" light fool you...
you can revive your Linky! We've added a sure-fire firmware
reload step-by-step to the Linksys firmware
help section. Go
-SOHOware is running a $20 off plus
free shipping on their Broadguard
Secure Cable/DSL router. Offer's good starting
tomorrow until Thursday April 19. Go to the
site for the deal and enter Coupon Code BG-2891
on the Checkout page to get the Free Shipping.
- Looks like we didn't catch Netgear's posting
of their new 802.11b wireless line on their
site (even though we told
you about it earlier!). Info is up on their MA301
PCI adapter (you need to add an MA401), MA401
PC card, and ME102 Access point.
shows pricing at $38, $115,
and $230 respectively.
- Netgear's also posted info on their new
Monday, 9 April 2001
-C.Ligh tipped us to info on MacOsRumors(scroll to March 26 news) that Apple
may be announcing AirPort 2 at this coming
July's MacWorld Expo in NYC. The AirPort2 is supposed
to have 54Mbps performance and backwards-compatible-to-802.11b
- Would you pay $22 for a logging application
for your Linksys router, given the free
loggers around? The folks at Binary Visions
think you might! Their Link Logger works
with pretty much all flavors of Linksys routers, and you get
a 30 day free trial, so go
to their site if you want to give them a try.
Monday, 9 April 2001
-Netgear has released new firmware
for their new RP114 that adds port range forwarding.
for the release notes and download. Netgear says that
similar firmware adding port range forwarding to the
RT311 and 314 should be available soon!
says its first Whitecap
based product has started shipping. The Panasonic
KX-HGC200 wireless network card can be inserted into
Broadband Networking gateway, to add wireless networking
capability. Although the card uses the 2.4GHz frequency
band, it won't workwith an 802.11b
(WiFi) network. Sharewave is, however, working
on products that will work on either network, but they
won't be ready until the second half of this year..
-CompUSA has the Linksys BEFSR41
for $100 (after $30 mail-in rebate). The price
is only good until this Saturday April 14, 2001. [Thnx Brian Underwood!]
- We've added floppyfw to the Free
Sharing Program list. It's Linux based and turns
an old 386 or better machine into a dedicated NAT router,
running from one floppy disk.[Thnx David!]
Friday, 6 April 2001
- There's finally ONE box you can buy to share a network with
Ethernet, HomePNA 2.0, USB, and 802.11b clients. The 2Wire
Home Portal 100W has the specs, but can it do the job?
Check out our review
- 54Mbps wireless by this Fall? That's
what start-up Atheros
Communications would have us believe. According
to this Yahoo/ZDNet
article, they'll be shipping their 802.11a chipset by
this Summer, with PC based products rolling out in the Fall.
Let's just say we'll believe this one when we see it!
- As if Bluetooth didn't have enough problems
dragging it down, Microsoft's announcement that it won't
support it in the next version of WinXP, sure isn't
going to help get this standard on its feet. See this
article for more info.
Thursday, 5 April 2001
- The 2Wire Home Portal 100W review promised
for this evening in today's newsletter is taking longer than
we thought. Check back tomorrow afternoon.
- AMIT has released 1.91H firmware.
Go to the Asante/SMC
help page for more info. [Thnx Chris Castro!]
- Poor 802.11b is getting whacked again for
more security holes. A U of Maryland
team has found additional weaknesses due to the fact
that both SSID and MAC addresses
are broadcast unencrypted, even when WEP encryption
is enabled. Read this
ZDnet story on Yahoo for a summary, or read the U
Md paper (PDF) itself. We've also added links
to both the U Md and earlier UC Berkeley paper in our Wireless
-Opinions are back up. Thanks for your
- Linksys Wireless Routers (BEFW11S4) look
like they've started to ship. Reader Joe Maurin says Amazon.com
shipped his back-ordered unit today.
Tuesday, 3 April 2001
-Nexland has revamped their ISB router line
and we've checked out their PRO 400 to see
how they did. Now you can check
out the review!
- There's a problem with the Product Review Opinions
database such that you can't
read or add opinions. Hope to have it
straightened out by tomorrow. Sorry!
- Just received the Premiere Issue of Scot
Finnie's (formerly of Winmag.com's BroadBand Report)
Newsletter, and we're happy to see him back
in business! His new solely-owned-by-him effort will cover
both Windows and Broadband
topics, and we highly recommend it. Go over
here and read the first issue and signup for regular
- Due to popular demand (and with permission from Linksys)
we once again have BETA firmware for their
4 and 8 port routers now available for download. Go
here to get it.
Monday, 2 April 2001 -CompUSA has the Netgear RT314
for $100 (after $50 "Instant Rebate").
Then use Netgear's $20 rebate coupon (get in-store) to get a
final price of about $80. The rebate is only
good from March 31, 2001 to April 7,
2001. Check the detailshere.
[Thnx Mike Bumanlag!]
- Earthlink is offering a
Home Networking option using 2Wire's Home Portal
products. Various plans will be offered to Earthlink
DSL customers, starting with an equipment price of
$150 for a wired network, $300
for wireless, and a $10 monthly charge.
News.com article here.
Press release here.
Sunday, 1 April 2001
- Received word from ORiNOCO about
their "Spring Fling" promotion on
selected wireless networking products. They have links
to participating on-line merchants here.
However, I did some comparisons with Pricegrabber
prices, and found that pricing varies, so do your own price
searches before you buy! The promotion runs through the end