wifi question

  daisy2bell 08:28 26 Nov 2005

Have recently installed wifi. The main PC and backup PC are conected with a cable to the modem/router,(Netgear) and the laptop is conected with a usb wifi (Netgear). Being on aol, I have to sign on when going online and sign off when going offline.

When doing normal computer work is there a security issiue if I leave my modem/router on


  mgmcc 15:52 26 Nov 2005

You should take the normal precautions when using a "wireless" network - enable WEP or WPA encryption and also MAC address filtering.

  daisy2bell 16:39 26 Nov 2005

Thanks. I've got WEP enabled, and will look into MAC. I take it that MAC would have to be done on the router itself?

  mgmcc 20:37 26 Nov 2005

Yes, every network adapter, whether wireless or not, has a unique MAC (Media Access Control) address - twelve hexadecimal characters in six groups of two. Wireless routers normally have the facility to restrict access to only those WiFi adapters whose MAC address has been entered.

To find the MAC address of the wireless adapter installed in your PC, open the Network Connections folder, double click the Wireless Network Connection, select the Support tab and click the Details buton. The entry for "Physical Address" is the adapters MAC address.

  daisy2bell 21:54 26 Nov 2005

Thanks for that

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