Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 22.214.171.124
Forum Moderators: bakedjake
I've been putting it off with my network because configuration is always a pain in the butt, and it seems to give me enough trouble as is.
Anyhow...I think I'm ready to take the time and do it.
I'm using an SMC EZ wireless card in my laptop, and a SMC WAP behind a Linksys router with a cable modem.
I'm not real sure where to start as I don't really think I did ANY configuration on the WAP.
I'm kinda in the dark here. Can someone give me a bit of background?
I also recommend putting a firewall between your hub and the rest of your network.
Restricting MAC addresses is good, as is changing the SSID. On my network, though, I found that my wireless cards couldn't connect to the access point when I turned off the broadcast SSID. I ended up having to turn it back on.
I gather that serious wireless hackers aren't slowed down too much by a hidden SSID anyway, so I decided not to spend more time troubleshooting it. I'm mainly worried about the random neighbor browsing my network, and the other precautions should take care of that.
apparently there's a bug that affects some systems - they won't connect to an access point with a hidden SSID.I've seen this on some XP machines. Sometimes you can get around it by connecting to a visible SSID and then turning the SSID off. If you have trouble connecting again it sometimes helps to reenable the SSID broadcast for a few minutes.