Network Security

  shaduf 20:17 02 Mar 06

I have set up a Linksys modem router (WAS354G)using two laptops, one of which does not have WiFi and is wired with the yellow Ethernet cable. The other has WiFi and is picking up the internet wirelessly from the router. No security has yet been enabled.
Does the laptop which is and always will be, wired to the router need security or is there no wireless transmission of its operations since it has no built in wireless facilty.

  ade.h 20:44 02 Mar 06

Wired clients do not need a security protocol per se.

But an open network is *completely* open to the extent that even files that are not currently shared can soon be accessed by anyone with a bit of knowledge. So, by connecting to a wifi network, one can access any and all clients on that network, even the wired ones. Just like you yourself can.

Of course, this is not commonly of much interest to your average wardriver, who wants to use a free and anonymous internet connection, but do you really want them to have the opportunity to snoop?

  keewaa 21:30 02 Mar 06

So enable wi-fi security in the router to avoid this, otherwise people could have access in through the wireless and into the wired laptop. WPA (WPA-PSK tkip) is better than WEP.

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