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at127

@rr.com

is using a travel wifi router more secure than public wifi?

would a travel mini wifi router be worth it to use in public, for example a hotel? If so, why would it be more secured?

I travel a lot and I am looking at getting a mini wifi router (TP-LINK TL-WR702N Wireless N150 Travel Router) for my devices that do not support or doesn't have VPN configured.


HELLFIRE
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Depends what you want to be secure from.

If the TPLINK has a Stateful Firewall, you're hidden and protected from unsolicited traffic from hosts on
the hotel's LAN. Problem is this is likely to introduce a double NAT situation where some connectivity
could potentially be broken.

If you're worried about your traffic being sniffed -- eg. passwords to mail, banking, etc. -- then obviously
the TP LINK will not do anything on that score. You need a device capable of forming an encrypted tunnel
back to a trusted destination for this -- like a DDWRT et al device and a VPN service.

My 00000010bits.

Regards



antdude
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reply to at127

Isn't it just easier to run a software firewall?



Cessy_

@limenetworks.info
reply to at127

Set a secret if you connect to mini router that is relatively secure.