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norwegian
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reply to Shady Bimmer

Re: Router security

Thanks for persevering. I asked the question based on the expanded network that has come about. As everything is hooked up to the router I am or was under the belief the router is the point of concern, but as you pointed out it is the network itself which is the concern, hence the internal switch of the router/4 port + wireless network that is the weak link.

So the router is fine as I seem to have it locked down enough I believe.

There seems to be a few areas of concern for any network that is relevant now.

1. ARP
2. File sharing
3. Exploits
4. Infection

There maybe more, but these would have to be the initial concerns? Would you class UDP as a point too?

Interesting discussion, thanks all.
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StuartMW
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said by norwegian:

1. ARP

Not sure you can do much about ARP poisoning on a home network.

2. File sharing

I'd turn off Home Groups (or whatever Microsoft calls them) for sure. Enable simple password protected file sharing with limted folders if you wish to transfer between machines.

3. Exploits

Disable NetBIOS. You don't really need it.

4. Infection

Use an A/V you like and keep it up-to-date.

Then there's the obvious (hopefully) stuff. Don't click on links without knowing where they go. Don't download from warez etc.
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norwegian
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1. On NetBios:

In the early days all my cabled LAN's were manually configured for the network and DHCP, DNS services were turned off.
Now to the present and wireless:
Doesn't DHCP use NetBIOS? I know once I have enough of a play with the wireless I could look at all connections being mapped to specific addresses to stop DHCP etc which would allow turning off services such as NetBIOS, WINS, LMHOSTS etc
But routers do not allow configuration like in this Microsoft Article on NetBIOS

2. Home networks is a Microsoft term, what of Apple (Ipods, Ipads, MacBooks), WD Live stream and all other types of hardware relying on network connections via the router/switch etc?
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StuartMW
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said by norwegian:

Doesn't DHCP use NetBIOS?

No. Having it enabled allows you to "browse" your network but is that necessary? It is easy enough to create network shortcuts to shared folders and disable NetBIOS.

2. Home networks is a Microsoft term, what of Apple (Ipods, Ipads, MacBooks), WD Live stream and all other types of hardware relying on network connections via the router/switch etc?

I don't know but I'd only enable what you really need.
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