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    Hardwired router security

    Are all routers equally safe/secure when only hardwired connections are used? Whenever one reads about router security it always pertains to the wireless connections, but I don't use my router's wireless capabilities. So if I want to buy the most secure router, I just need to know whether there are security differences when only hardwired connections are used.

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    Look for a route that conforms to the WPA-2 security mode. Also make sure the router has a H/W firewall. Most modern routers do. If you never use wireless then these specs do not make a difference, except that for future use, who knows what might come along. For wireless get the latest band, I believe N Band is latest although many new routers have B/G/N capabilities. Get a router that is dual band, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
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    Regarding wired security, there isn't much differentiation among the different vendors, that I could have noticed. The routers will include a firewall which you should turn on and you should also make sure you change the default administration password.

    With non enterprise grade firewalls, as I said, products are very similar. However, some products offer some additional features like extended logging or email alarms when the firewall suspects someone is trying to break in. Usually these features come in top of the line hardware and I am not at all convinced you will benefit from the extra cost.

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    Thanks for the replies. Much appreciated.

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    The router is not really a security device, but they do have features designed to keep the bad guys away from your machine.
    As long as you use a modern router, connect the Internet to the WAN port and your machines to the LAN ports you will be reasonably secure from the worst ravages of the script kiddies.

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    Be sure to turn off remote management (unless you absolutely need it) and change the default router login username and password.

    It often takes no more than 3 attempts to get into a commercial grade router if the admin credentials have not been changed from default.

    Granted, that is from inside the network, but if remote management is turned on, the security risk can be exposed externally too.
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    If you never use wireless, you should also turn off the wireless mode on the router. Most routers have wireless turned on by default. Don't just turn off the broadcast of the SSID, but disable wireless all together.

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