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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If you can hear a faint hissing or buzzing sound
from your router, wireless Access Point or other piece of
networking gear, there's no cause for alarm! The noise is
from a coil in the DC-to-DC converter in the product's power
In the past, these circuits were designed to run at
a fixed frequency outside the audio range (like 40 to 100 kHz) so
that you wouldn't hear them. But newer (and cheaper) designs
let them free run, i.e, change oscillation frequency, occasionally
generating noise that you can hear.
Apparently, users' ears are sharper than the
producers of networking gear thought! So they're working on
a way to make sure the power supply switching frequency stays up in the non-audible range for future
designs. At any rate, it's nothing to be concerned about in
terms of product reliability or safety.
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