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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-10-2004, 10:37 PM
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Wireless Internet?

Anyone have this on their puter yet?

I just got it and its cool!

I'm in Birmingham outside a work site and I boot up and all of a sudden I'm online.

I don't know who, what, when or how. But I'm picking up internet somehow.

Someone must not have a good enough firewall.


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-10-2004, 11:23 PM
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Misconfigured wireless is a huge security hole. Essentially you need to not exchange security keys in the open and make encryption manditory. If possible, do not broadcast the ESSID.

Badly configured wireless routers can even be reconfigured by someone accessing externally. Make sure you router is password protected and that the password is not simple to guess.

They don't appear to have a firewall because you are on the LAN side of their firewall. If they don't have firewall software on their attached PC and have open services (i.e. file shares, etc.) you may have direct access to their system(s).

If you don't know what your doing, you should probably avoid a wireless LAN for home use or make it a subnet attached to another router so you are firewalled from the wireless LAN and the WAN.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-10-2004, 11:32 PM
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We have it at our house and it's all over campus down here....you can take a laptop anywhere and you're on. Pretty cool stuff.

I remember when I first started college, you were lucky if you had a 27kpbs dial-up modem and I checked my e-mail using PINE. lol
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