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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Wednesday, November 27, 2002
has begun its yearly holiday rebate program, valid on
Linksys products purchased through January 4, 2003. This
year the rebate covers the company's 802.11b products
(which they're calling Wireless-B) including the WPC11
PC Card, the BEFW11S4 access point router, WUSB11 USB
adapter, and others. You can get a PDF version of the
coupon to send in for the rebate at the Linksys
Monday, November 25, 2002
Linksys will be bunding Symantec's Norton
Internet Security 2003 in current and future routers,
both wired and wireless. The software can be installed
with the regular router setup Wizard, and comes with a
60-day subscription to virus and intrusion detection definitions.
Read more about it at 802.11
Thursday, November 21, 2002
Two senators, George Allen (R.-Va.) and Barbara Boxer
(D.-Ca.), are circulating a draft bill to gain early support
in the 108th Congress to promote a wireless approach to
broadband deployment. They want the FCC to allocate spectrum
for wireless broadband devices to get beyond just DSL
and Cable modems. Read the details at InternetNews.
The latest Palm PDAs might stand a chance of going online
wirelessly, now that SyChip
has finally introduced -- at least in a test phase --
the 6060 SDIO (secure digital input/output) card. This
802.11b NIC client is the smallest yet, able to fit into
the chewing-gum sized slot found in many modern PDAs.
The card will come with drivers for Windows 2000/XP/CE,
Pocket PC and PalmOS 4.x and up. SyChip has already announced
that the embedded version of the card, the WLAN6060EB,
will be built into the new Cyberbank POZ, a PDA to be
released in early 2003 from Korea's Cyberbank Corp. that
will also incorporate CMDA services.
announced its new EZ Connect 2.4GHz/5GHz Universal Wireless
PCI Card (SMC2302W), a $159.99 802.11a/b compliant upgrade
for desktop systems. It joins the dual-band CardBus PC
Card the company brought out in September.
Cable/DSL ProSafe Wireless VPN Security Firewall with
8-port 10/100 Mbps switch (FVM318) is more than just the
standard combination of router, firewall, switch, and
access point in one product -- it'll do VPN over wireless.
On the wireless LAN side, the FVM318 lets up to 32 users
create virtual private network (VPN) tunnels directly
from their client systems to the router. On the WAN side,
up to 70 external users can connect. The $799 product
comes with a version of SafeNet's IPSec-based SoftRemoteBasic
client for Windows 2000/XP for creating the wireless VPN
tunnels. Clients can use any available 802.11b card.
Systems Group is continuing to make a big push
into Wi-Fi. It's already announced hotspot products
and now the company has added an end-user wireless router
to its portfolio. The WRC-1000 multi-functional wireless
Cable/DSL router has the usual firewall and WEP support,
but also adds 802.1X authentication for extra protection.
The $179 product is available now. The company also continues
to integrate Wi-Fi throughout its other products. The
latest: the Satellite Pro 6100 Series notebooks due in
December will be the first laptops to integrate dual 802.11a/b
has a new $189 802.11b AirStation Broadband Router/Access
Point(WBR-B11) which it says supports up to 40Mbps
speed, via its own firmware tweaks. It did this in Japan
first to support the faster speeds available there for
broadband -- DSL lines are about 12Mbps downstream. The
unit supports VPN pass-through, intrusion detection with
pop-up and e-mail alerts, and prevents private information
from being transmitted out. The company plans to announce
a similar "intelligent access point" soon that will be
upgradeable to either 802.11a or 11g via a miniPCI card
swap or PC Card insert.
has release a new series of FriendlyNET Routers.
The FR1004 series includes Stateful Packet Inspection
firewall and the wireless version, the $129 FR1004AL,
also includes a parallel port print server. The wired
version is only $99.
has expanded its network again by entering a deal with
Canadian hotspot provider FatPort. All Boingo members can use
their Boingo-sniffer software to get access to the Internet
through FatPort supported hotspots without paying extra
fees. FatPort locations are powered by the company's own
FatPoint products, which venue owners can purchase for
setup anywhere they have a broadband connection.
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Boingo Wireless has released a Pocket PC 2002
version of its client software so PDA users can now log
onto the hotspots in the Boingo network. Download it at
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
A report from Synergy
Research Group says that the third quarter of
2002 saw a 10 percent increase in sales of Wireless LAN
products. Cisco still leads the pack with sales for enterprises
businesses; Links is number one in home and SOHO Wi-Fi
product sales (with 19.6% of the market) followed by Buffalo
Technologies, Netgear, and D-Link.
upped the speed of 802.11b again. In conjunction with
Texas Instruments, it will increase the bandwidth of its
AirPlus product from 22 to 44Mbps second, which D-Link
says brings a real world throughput of about 12Mbps in
their tests. This increase will be available via firmware
upgrade to all AirPlus products including the DI-614+
and the DI-714P+ wireless broadband routers, the DWL-900AP+
bridging/repeating access point, the DWL-650+ CardBus
adapter and the DWL-520+ PCI Adapter. The dual-band DI-764
wireless router, the DI-754 Modular Dual Band Wireless
Router and the DWL-6000AP Dual Band Wireless Access Point
will also be upgraded on the 802.11b side. The firmware
will be available in December for free from the D-Link
Web site, and for sale for $29.99 at retail outlets.
US Robotics is
now a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly WECA), and
has received Wi-Fi certification for interoperability
with other products for its 22Mbps Wireless PC Card (USR2210),
22Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter (USR2216) and 22Mbps Wireless
Access Point (USR2249), all of which use the Texas Instruments
chip set to get 22Mbps speed.
Speaking of Texas Instruments has announced another
new chip for 802.11 -- the new TNETW1130 is a single-chip
Media Access Controller (MAC) and baseband processor that
supports multiple modes (802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g)
and will us "Auto-Band" to find the mode you
want, automatically. Read the full story at 802.11
Thursday, November 7, 2002
Today is the launch day of the Microsoft Tablet PC,
the portable computer that you write on like a legal pad,
most of which build in 802.11b-based network connections.
Several Tablet PC versions are being made by companies
like Toshiba, HP, and ViewSonic. Check the full coverage
out at InternetNews.com.
Wednesday, November 6, 2002
A new report from In-Stat/MDR says that while
dial-up will continue to be the primary way households
go online for a few more years, digital subscriber line
(DSL) broadband services will grow by 3 million installed
lines to a total of 7.6 million subscribers in the U.S.
by the end of 2002, with 80 percent going to homes. Read
details on the research at ISP-Planet.
Tuesday, November 5, 2002
A potential security flaw exists in the Linksys
BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL Router that could leave it
open to easy Denial of Service attacks. To protect yourself,
make sure the BEFSR41 doe not have remote management turned
on and that you're running the latest firmware. You can
read more about this at 802.11
T-Mobile will be selling Netgear
Wi-Fi products in support of T-Mobile's growing number
of public access hotspots for wireless users. Netgear
products will be sold right in T-Mobile stores.
says it will release all new HomePlug 1.0 products in
2003. The products will include a USB HomePlug Adapter
(PE909-UI) and HomePlug Ethernet Bridge (PE902-EB), each
for under $100. The company expects to have a router and
wireless access point that use HomePlug later in the year.