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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For DSL users who don't have multiple IP addresses, you can use
the cable modem path through the site and probably get most of what you need to know.
If you have a DSL connection, chances are you'll need to wrestle
with PPPoE as part of your sharing setup process. Go
to this page for more info.
You may be one of the lucky few whose BSP uses this
protocol. If you're also using a 3Com Dual Link ADSL modem,
then you'll definitely want to read Brian
There are only a few
routers that will handle this protocol. The 2Wire
1500C & CW are two of them. [Thnx Eric!]
If you have a DSL
modem with a USB connection, you won't be able to use a separate hardware router,
and will have to use the software sharing method, or get a combination DSL
here for an explanation.
Draytek informed us that they are conducting trials with BellSouth
and that the trials are going well. It's possible that the Vigor2200USB
could be offered as on option with BellSouth ADSL service that
uses a USB ADSL modem.
2001 Draytek's recently introduced Vigor2200USB,
slated to start shipments to European customers in September, supports the Alcatel
SpeedTouch USB ONLY. The company is considering adding more DSL modems
to the list, but has no plans to offer the product in the US,
but just for E.C. residents only!
If you'd like to try to change their opinion, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you have an
modem, you won't be able to use a hardware router,
and will have to use the software sharing method. Reason is that the
internal modem connects to your computer directly and a hardware router
needs to connect to a broadband modem via an Ethernet connection.
Check the following links for more DSL info, too!
DSLReports is a
excellent site, with a lot of good information, including an ISP finder, DSL FAQ,
message boards, speed tweaks, a DSL service bidder, and lots of reviews
of DSL providers written by users. You can also have them check
the security of your computer. A must see!
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