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  1. armly

    armly Thread Starter

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    We presently have (2) users off the present router. There will be a 3rd joining.
    Attempting to get the straight story on whether:

    - Are Wireless routers as secure as wired routers. Like from malicious software routines, or any other methods of breaching the system.

    - Are there ways of breaching the connection besides by being within so many feet of the router itself while having access to the assigned username/password ?

    - Any one including visitors using the WiFi connection must be given the username/password, right?

    - The pc's must be equipped for WiFi compatibility, right? Or else plug in a usb device to make it do so?

    - Speed: presently we are using a linksys router -- ethernet cable/dsl router. model BEFSR41.
    How might a router like the new Netgear R6300 compare? In terms of speed and security.
     
  2. Oddba11

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    They can be secure, depends on the security methods used.

    Possible, but not likely. Of course it all depends on the type of data that you are really trying to protect. No real reason for anyone to expend a lot of time trying to hack into a secure network just to get internet access.

    You can provide visitors complete access via l/p, limited access via l/p, or limited access without login. All depends on how you want to provide access.

    Any PC will need a NIC and cable for wired access, or a wireless NIC for wifi access.

    Wired will always be faster, regardless of router. There are some speed differences(for wifi) between router brands/models and even between the same model with different firmware versions. For the most part, it's a non issue.
     
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    Oddba11,

    Thanks for the response.

    But running malicious routines from software - hasn't this been a main weakness in wireless routers?
     
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    In reference to what? For most home and even business users, the major "threat" is simply someone accessing your network simply to get internet access or to browse about and see what can be found unsecured.
     
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