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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Thursday, June 27, 2002
announced new virtual private network (VPN) routers
for the home and SOHO market: The FriendlyNET VR2004
series both include 4-port switch, VPN, intrusion detection,
backup modem port, and SPI firewall. The VR2004C is
$169 MSRP, the VR2004AC which includes 802.11b goes
Tuesday, June 25, 2002
CD/CD-RW drive maker Teac
is entering the network attached storage business. The
company's Vendotto Microservers will come with 80, 120,
160 or 240 gigabytes of space and can serve as a file,
web, or print server, or Internet router. Each Vendotto
will have a dual network interface cards so it can be
a gateway for the network plus a connection to the ISP.
It will come installed with iOffice, a groupware software
tool for office communications. It will support networks
running versions of Windows, Mac, Solaris, Linux, and
SCO Unix, among others.
Wireless has announced the EtherPortal 802.11b
access point. The product is a combo AP and router with
packet filtering firewall and 4-port 10/100 switch,
plus print server. The product comes with a Java-based
Monday, June 24, 2002
Monday, June 24, 2002
ProSafe line of secure products has been announced.
Models include the ProSafe 802.11b Wireless Firewall
with Print Server (FM114P, $271), ProSafe Wireless-Ready
Firewall (FR114W, $154, can use an 802.11b PC Card)
and the ProSafe Firewall with Print Server (FR114P,
$154). Each has a 10/100 WAN port for faster Internet
throughput to client PCs.
Thursday, June 20, 2002
is going to be using Texas Instruments' ACX100 MAC/baseband
802.11b chip. It offers a 22Mbps turbo mode, but can
also work with standard 11Mbps 802.11b products. The
chip will appear in SMC's EZ Connect Turbo 802.11 product
line. Other companies using the ACX100 include US Robotics
Wednesday, June 19, 2002
is now shipping two new Barricade Plus Cable/DSL Broadband
Routers, one wired (the $159 SMC7004FW with four 10/100
ports) and one wireless (the $259 SMC7004WFW with three
10/100 ports and 802.11b ). Both support up to three
VPN tunnels (PPTP and IPSec), NAT firewall, SPI firewall,
parental control, access control, URL blocking, IP and
MAC filtering, and logging. The standard Barricade router
line has also been expanded to include new wired ($80
SMC7004VBR) and wireless ($150 SMC7004VWBR) models,
each with a 4-port switch, VPN pass-through, NAT and
SPI firewalls, and even Denial of Service attack protection.
All the new routers feature SMC's new EZ 3-click installation
Tuesday, June 18, 2002
announced the cheapest router yet, the $59 MSRP DI-604
Express EtherNetwork Cable/DSL Router features a 4-port
10/100 switch, Web-based configuration with profiles
you can save to your hard drive, URL/domain/IP address
blocking, remote management, logging, MAC authentication,
NAT firewall, VPN pass-through for IPSec/L2TP/PPTP,
Stateful packet inspection, DHCP server, dynamic routing,
DMZ hosting, and probably a couple more things they
didn't mention. It is available now and comes with a
one year warranty and 24/7 free tech support.
is making available the Netlock
SOHO Security Suite, a software bundle for encrypting
and protecting communications on any size network. The
suite comes with a manager tool for Windows or Solaris
servers, and either five or ten Netlock Agent clients
that can run on Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Linux, Solaris,
AIX, HP-UX, or Macintosh.
Monday, June 17, 2002
Proxim is buying out the entire Agere Systems
line of products, including the ORiNOCO branded gateways,
access points, and client cards. Read all about it at
Thursday, June 13, 2002
has announced a DSL Modem Internet Gateway (DG814),
part of its Platinum family of products. The product
is a combined DSL modem, router and 4-port switch, with
NAT firewall and VPN pass-thru support.
Similar to HP and Netgear, now D-Link will be
offering the security and privacy products from Zero-Knowledge
to customers at no cost, with an option for subscribing
at a reduced rate. The shipped Zero-Knowledge tools
will include form filler, password manager, and others;
users can subscribe to get the personal firewall, parental
controls, and anti-virus software.
Tuesday, June 4, 2002
has announced a new suite of broadband modems, the SureConnect
Modem Family. The line consists of a USB-based DSL modem
(model 9000), an Ethernet-based DSL modem (model 9001),
a combo USB/Ethernet (9002), and a router with two 10/100
Ethernet ports and one USB port (9003). The SureConnect
software that comes with each product checks the PC
for minimum system requirements.
The fourth announcement in two days of an ADSL modem
with built in router: SMC
Networks' new EZ Connect ADSL Router/Modem (SMC7002AR)
has Ethernet and USB ports.
made available its first set of 802.11b products based
on the Texas Instruments chip set. The D-Link AirPlus
line provide up to 22Mbps throughput in the 2.4GHz band,
supposedly even when used with other TI chip set products
(such as US Robotics). Products include the Wireless
Router/Firewall with parental control (DI-614+ for $149),
a quad-mode Wireless Access Point (DWL-900AP+ for $129),
a Wireless CardBus Adapter (DWL-650+ for $89), and Wireless
PCI Adapter (DWL-520+ for $99). All have three year
warranty and free 27/7 tech support.
moving into networking by introducing new HomePlug based
products: the HomePlug Ethernet Bridge (GHPB01) and
HomePlug USB Adapter (GHPU01) are both priced at $149.99.
Monday, June 3, 2002
Networks has announced the Efficient Networks
5930 ADSL Business Gateway, a combo ADSL modem, router,
firewall, VPN, and 10/100 switch, with a built in V.90
backup modem. It has support for RADIUS authentication,
SSH and IPSec, and even IP Quality of Service.
a similar product coming to market, the Prestige 650HW
all-in-one ADSL router/modem with 4-port switch and
802.11b WLAN functions. The product will retail for
$499 to customers of broadband services that use ZyXEL
products and should be available in mid-July.