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October 22, 2006, 10:18 am
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Re: wireless router
There is an option in the setup of the router that can "hide" the wifi
network - not in the way that nobody can access it but in the way that it is
not *showed* as a avaiable network.
It is the option called "broadcast" (in my linksys router setup).
If "broadcast" is ENABLED, everybody will see the network as avaiable.
If "broadcast" is disabled, nobody will see the network but those people who
already has it configured for access will continue to use it without
Sorry for any english errors, my native language is portuguese brazillian.
Re: wireless router
There are ways to do this but you may not actually want to.
You can usually turn off broadcasting the SSID at the router, but there are
plenty of reports that doing this can lead to connection issues that are
suddenly fixed by turning it back on.
As well, turning SSID broadcast is only a deterrent to the most casual user,
and those aren't the people you should be concerned about. Those people
are using tools that don't rely on SSID broadcast. To hide from them, you
need to either turn off wireless altogether or shield your premises.
Often, people think turning this off is a replacement for other security
measures. It isn't.
If you're concerned about average users, leave the SSID broadcast on, turn
on encryption, and change the keys regularly. Turn off file sharing
wherever possible. Don't rely on MAC filtering either.
And change the SSID from the default - it's remarkably easy for Windows to
recognise another in-range router with the same SSID and decide to attach to
it, which causes a number of problems that don't have an immediately obvious
cause (for example, users are unable to send mail due to relaying
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