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Wireless Router versus Wired Router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Juggaboom, Jan 22, 2009.

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  1. Juggaboom

    Juggaboom Thread Starter

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    There is an argument in the family, and the disagreement is about the security of a wireless router and the ability for someone to hack through it... My stepdad refuses to go with a wireless setup because he is afraid that someone will hack in and steal everything... We are trying to convince him that it is much safer since the wireless router would be password protected and the wired router isn't. He doesn't even want to listen or entertain the thought.. Currently they run a wired router off of telephone company dsl to 3 computers and an XBOX. If the wireless is as safe or safer the benefits are greater for laptop connectivity and relocation of workstations. The downfall of course is another piece of equipment that can fail... I ran a wireless connection at my home and I loved it.. Does anyone have any insight as to whether it would be safer with a wireless router, or if security issues are the same. I am aware most security comes from within the computer. Seeing as I am trying to learn more about this stuff any info is great.


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  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    If you use WPA or WPA2 with a strong random key, wireless is quite secure.

    Your other point is bogus, a wired router or a wireless router has the same security as far as incoming threats are concerned. There is no additional security gained by having the wireless channels encrypted, it just prevents people from "tapping into the wire".

    You will never be "safer" with a wireless router, but you can be as safe as with a wired only one.
     
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