[mythtv-users] Wireless?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Fri Jan 26 15:41:24 UTC 2007

On Jan 26, 2007, at 8:30 AM, Dewey Smolka wrote:

> You can pretty easily secure a WAP against all but the most
> determined. Encryption by itself should be enough for a residential
> setting, and MAC filtering would be even more secure. If you tell the
> WAP to only identify wireless requests from your girlfriend's MAC
> address, then no one else gets in. A combination of WPA, MAC
> filtering, and a hidden SSID should raise your fence high enough that
> only the most determined would try to break in.

You're pretty much covered it all. It really depends on what you are  
trying to prevent, MAC address filtering tries to prevent people  
getting access, but does nothing to prevent "snooping" of the data  
being passed.

As you pointed out nothing will stop a determined competent attack,  
but you can certainly stop the average idiot.

And this is certainly true of wired networks as well. If you are  
passing data to and from the internet it can be intercepted at a lot  
of places, from a pole or pedestal down your block to the data center  
of your ISP, or anywhere in between.

The only true security would be in a salt mine or a submarine under  
the polar cap, and with King George and the CIA etc. I'm not so sure  
about that.

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