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, August 29, 2002
This weekMotive Communications
made available its Home Networking Service Solution, an
automated service that provides direct online support
to end users of home networking products such as routers.
It helps customers with installation, troubleshooting,
and management of their home network and shared Internet
connections. The service is only available if your broadband
provider, ISP, product retailer, or even a warranty service
provider gives it to you -- you can't get it direct from
Motive. Current Motive users include Verizon and AT&T
for some of their broadband offerings.
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
is offering full support for the Mac OS X v10.2 (Jaguar)
operating system just released. Expect drivers and software
to be available on a number of their product lines, including
FriendlyNET and AeroLAN network adapters. A complete list
can be found on their
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
announced a new Ethernet-to-wireless bridge, the $129
802.11b Instant Wireless(TM) Ethernet Bridge (WET11).
The WECA-certified product will reportedly work with any
product with Ethernet, from printers to gaming consoles
such as the PlayStation 2, making them ready for use with
Monday, August 26, 2002
now shipping the Netgear 802.11a Cable/DSL High-Speed
Wireless Router (HR314), which features Internet sharing
over 54Mbps 802.11a connections and through a built in
4-port 10/100Mbps switch. The unit features a 72Mbps "turbo
mode" for wireless users, and has a Web interface,
MAC address cloning, DHCP server, port forwarding, NAT
routing, up to 152-bit WEP, and VPN pass-thru. The price:
put out a new printer called the C82WN, a version of the
also new C82 but with a 802.11 print server for printing
via either ad hoc from wireless computer or through a
wireless access point. The C82WN will sell for $379. You
can get a Bluetooth interface for an extra $179. Those
with Ethernet only can get the C82N which adds the EpsonNet
External 10/100Mbit Print Server, for $349.
not only upgraded its AirPro DWL-6000AP Dual-Band Wireless
Access Point to use the TI chipset so 802.11b users can
go up to 22Mbps, and implimented 72Mbps "turbo"
mode for 802.11a users, it's also dropped the price by
half, from $499 to $249. Read about it at 802.11
Rappore Shield from Rappore
Technologies claims to be the first software-only
solution that protects wireless 802.11a and 11b users
from malacious access by other wireless users in their
midst. The software is free to try.
WatchGuard Technologies recently debuted its Firebox
SOHO 6 lineup of firewall appliances. The Firebox SOHO
6, Firebox SOHO 6tc, and Firebox SOHO 6tc 50-user models
feature high-performance and multiple interfaces. Read
all about their new high performance hardware platform
(with 75Mbps speed through a firewall and 20Mbps through
a VPN, at ISP-Planet.
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
has a new series of SpeedStream branded products out that
come in different configurations for bridge, PPPoE bridge
or router. They include a single Ethernet DSL modem ($150),
combo Ethernet/USB modem ($175), 4-port Ethernet switch
($225) and a 4-port Ethernet/USB switch ($250) -- all
prices are for basic bridge function. Each has an incremental
price increase to be upgraded to the PPPoE bridge and
again to be a full router.
announced its Dual-Band Wireless Access Point (WAP51AB),
which supports both 802.11a and 802.11b simultaneously,
is shipping this week. It will cost $299 and supports
up to 152-bit WEP encryption and MAC filtering.
Thursday, August 15, 2002
PC Wave's new USB wireless LAN adapter claims
to be the smallest available, though we think the SMC
2.4GHz USB Adapter is actually smaller. PC Wave's,
however, is definitely cheaper. Read about it at 802.11
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
has officially announced its line of "802.11+"
products, capable of 22Mbps speed with products of the
same family using PBCC modulation, falling back to standard
802.11b 11Mbps speed with other products. They're based
on the Texas Instruments ACX100 chips. The products include
the Barricade Turbo 11/22Mbps Wireless Cable/DSL Router
with integrated 3-port switch (SMC2404WBR), the EZ Connect
Turbo 11/22 Auto-Sensing Wireless PCI Adapter (SMC2402W)
and the EZ Connect Turbo 11/22 Auto-Sensing Wireless CardBus
Monday, August 12, 2002
In-Stat/MDR has a new report out that says home
networking should be booming for the next several years,
going from millions to billions in the market place. Just
as an example, home networks were only about 10.5 million
in the end of 2001, but will go up to 16.6 million by
the end of 2002. Read the details at 802.11
D-Link is revamping its customer service to include
a new toll-free customer support (877-45-DLINK); new rebate
section, FAQs, driver updates, and firmware downloads
on the D-Link tech
support site; and a five-minute maximum hold time
for tech support calls, which you can now make 24/7.
Thursday, August 8, 2002
As of this week, the ORiNOCO product line now
belongs to Proxim. They bought it and the rest
of the hardware business from Agere Systems for $65 million.
Read the details at 802.11
Wednesday, August 7, 2002
A number of Symantec firewalls, including popular
Raptor models, have a security flaw that renders networks
protected by the systems vulnerable to intrusion. Read
about it at eSecurity
Monday, August 5, 2002
Netgear is in a deal with Listen.com to provide
a 30-day free trial of the Rhapsody Digital Music Service
for all users of Netgear's Platinum products. Read about
it at InternetNews.com.
Friday, August 2, 2002
has announced the WiSER, an 802.11b solution that plugs
into a computer's RS-232 Serial Port to create a wireless
serial connection. It will work with Mac, Windows or Linux,
and requires no drivers, but it does require power from
either the PS/2 port, USB port, or separate AC adapter.
The product will be made available to OEMs for shipping
in early 2003.