Wireless Router Security

  olyman 14:46 24 Jan 10
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I have a Netgear router supplied by my ISP.
I have a wired connection to the computer and have no problems. I have no need for a network as I only have the one PC.
Although I am not using the wireless connection I wonder if there is the possibility of external unauthorised access. The router installed itself and set up the ADSL internet connection. Control Panel (Windows 7) shows a Network connection to the Internet and a Home Network.
Apart from changing the default password I have taken no network security precautions.
Am I at risk?
I have a reliable connection and don't want to disturb anything unnecessarily.

  Pine Man 14:48 24 Jan 10

If your router has a WIFI capability it also has a facility to turn it off. Check the manufacturers manual or web site.

  rdave13 15:44 24 Jan 10

click here and I'd also uncheck the box for 'enable SSID broadcast.

  john bunyan 15:47 24 Jan 10

Why not enable WAP security?

  olyman 16:05 24 Jan 10

Thanks for the advice. It wouldn't have been obvious which items in the Wireless Settings were relevant.

I have now unticked:
"Enable Wireless Access Point"
and
"Allow broadcast of name (SSID)

The Wireless Isolation box was already unticked

It seems that I was protected by WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key) which I have left undisturbed.

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