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planet

join:2001-11-05
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reply to SoonerAl

Re: router security using guest access

The Linksys E1500 is a cheaper router. Paid somewhere around $99. The guest account is seen via SSID as an unsecured network. However, a password is needed to access the internet. I'm assuming it's similar to an open wifi (like Starbucks) where you'd be provided a password to get on the net.

I'm wondering how secure it is when not in use. Theoretically, could someone connect to the router and do mischief w/o accessing internet with needed password?


SoonerAl
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said by planet:

The Linksys E1500 is a cheaper router. Paid somewhere around $99. The guest account is seen via SSID as an unsecured network. However, a password is needed to access the internet. I'm assuming it's similar to an open wifi (like Starbucks) where you'd be provided a password to get on the net.

I'm wondering how secure it is when not in use. Theoretically, could someone connect to the router and do mischief w/o accessing internet with needed password?

Have you tested that? I presume you have changed the routers admin password to something other than the default.

What happens if you use a program like inSSIDer on a wireless computer? Does the guest network showup as not being secured?

I would post to the Linksys forums for help with that question...

»Linksys

»homecommunity.cisco.com/t5/Wirel···_Routers

I would in anycase use a long password. The Cisco help page indicates you can use a max 32-character alphanumeric password...

»homekb.cisco.com/Cisco2/ukp.aspx···1461.xml

FWIW my ZyXEL cost me $20 a few years ago on sale, including an 802.11g USB adapter for a laptop, so cost is certainly not a factor...

HarryH3
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reply to planet
IIRC, the Linksys guest access is unsecured. In this case, unsecured means unencrypted (No WEP, WPA/WPA2 on that connection). You can force the user to enter a password, but that just grants them access to the net. Their data is still passing as clear data.


SoonerAl
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reply to planet
said by planet:

The Linksys E1500 is a cheaper router. Paid somewhere around $99.

I just saw an E1500 in one of our local Walmarts for $60 FWIW...