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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Umax/Maxgate UGate 3200 Cable/xDSL Internet Sharing Gateway
Author: Tim Higgins Review Date: 8/14/2000
Model: UGate 3200
- Seven 10/100 switched LAN ports
- More ports, but more expensive.
- Large footprint.
Linux firmware updater is now available for the UG3000 and UG3200.Get
100Mbps, Link/Activity, for each of seven LAN
Half/Full Duplex for each of seven LAN ports
Link & Activity for the WAN port
One RJ45 10BaseT for the WAN
Eight RJ45 auto sensing 10/100BaseT LAN (one
is Uplink shared with Port 7)
printed User's guide
Hardware Reset switch
MaxGate (UMAX's network product spin-off) has earned a reputation for
solid, reliable routers with their UGate Plus and UGate 3000. They've
also taken an incremental approach with their product line, going from
a single port, to a 4 port hub, and now to a 7 port 10/100 switch
on the LAN side of their routers. This isn't to say that MaxGate
hasn't changed anything else in the routers. Each generation has used
different technology and provided increased routing speed, and the UG3200
is no exception. But I'm getting a little ahead of myself, so let's
start with the basics.
and Basic Features
The UG3200 comes with a printed manual (downloadable from here
(713KB PDF format). The Maxgate
Web site support area includes FAQ, applications notes,
and a download area for firmware updates. MaxGate also has
an active User Forum which registered users only can access.
The router default configuration has the WAN set to be a DHCP client
and the LAN DHCP server enabled, so many users will just be able
to plug and go. It also comes set to 192.168.0.1 and no password,
so you should set one as soon as possible, especially if you're
going to administrate the router from the WAN side.
The setup interface will be familiar to UG3000 users (it's the same)
and has a "Basic Setup" page that includes most of the common
items that users will need for basic router setup. The Admin pages
are logically organized and Help is available on each page via a specific
button or the Help selection on the left side Navigation panel.
Check out the screen shots below to get a flavor for the Admin functions.
(Click on an image to open a new window with a full-sized
The UG3200 WAN side can be a DHCP client or have IP information entered
manually. It can also handle just about any ISP authentication scheme
you throw at it. "Host name" authentication (like @Home
uses) , RoadRunner TAS Authentication methods, and PPPoE are all there.
You can also set the WAN interface MAC address equal to whatever you want.
This last method will help MediaOne/RR users whose service is tied to
a specific NIC avoid having to call in their new MAC address.
On the LAN side, you can set the starting IP and range of addresses that
the DHCP server will hand out, or disable it and assign your IP info manually. Note
that the DHCP server will also hand out Domain information if you've entered
it, a handy feature for @Home users.
You can upgrade firmware via web browser (IE 5.0 or higher
required), or use either a Windows or Mac TFTP client, available in the
Access to the Admin pages is not available from the WAN side of
the router as it is shipped from the factory, but you can set up the UG3200
so that you can access them from the WAN (see this
page). The router allows more than one user to access the Admin
pages at a time.