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antdude
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Re: Chaining wireless routers safely

said by nwrickert:

There are routers which support a separate guest network. That is probably the best approach...

Do these guest network still have password/key prompts to use it? I don't want neighbors/outside strangers to use my wifi.
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nwrickert
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said by antdude:

Do these guest network still have password/key prompts to use it? I don't want neighbors/outside strangers to use my wifi.

I suppose it depends on the router.

The one I am using (no longer available) does. I can setup encryption, SSID, etc, just as for the regular network. Both guest and regular network are on the same WiFi channel (since they use the same chip). The guest network has a different range of private IPs (configurable), and cannot connect to the regular network, but it can see the Internet.

I think the dd-wrt alternate firmware, available for some routers, has guest network support.
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SoonerAl
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said by antdude:

said by nwrickert:

There are routers which support a separate guest network. That is probably the best approach...

Do these guest network still have password/key prompts to use it? I don't want neighbors/outside strangers to use my wifi.

I happen to use an older ZyXEL NBG334W router with a separate guest network function. It works very well for my usage...

»theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/L···eLan.png

The guest WLAN and private LAN/WLAN are completely isolated from one another and both are password/passphrase protected. In my case I use WPA2-Personal (aka WPA2-PSK [AES]) on both networks.
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