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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Microsoft Windows Home Server
If you have a home network, you'll welcome the easy file sharing, remote access and the image-based backup features of Windows Home Server.
MikroTik's The Dude
This free tool delivers many of the same capabilities that you'd find in pricey network monitoring tools. As long as you don't mind tinkering, The Dude is a decent network utility that should be worth the download.
SMC 7004WBR Barricade Wireless Broadband Router
Author: Tim Higgins Review Date: 1/19/2001
- Fast routing and wireless speed. - Supports dialup modem WAN connection. - Has built-in Windows/LPR printserver
the WBR doesn't come with a printed user manual, just PDF docs on CDROM
the WBR is less expensive
the admin interface is different from the D-Link's but similar to other Barricades. The same functions are presented in both products... the navigation and look of the pages are different (see screen shots below)
the default ESSID comes set as "default"
the default IP address is set to 192.168.123.254
Both products use the same boards internally, with the WBR's board loaded with the print server components. For all the details and speed numbers, just go read the D-Link review.
SMC gets the nod if you're trying to decide between the WBR and the D-Link DI-713. Although there's only about a $40 price difference between the two products (as of Jan 19, 2001), the WBR has a built-in printserver.
SMC has toll-free 24/7 Tech Support, too, but I wouldn't let that be the deciding factor, given the reported difficulties that folks are having reaching pretty much everyone's Tech support people lately! On the other hand, SMC has been very good at posting firmware updates (which their Web site has right now for the WBR).