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    Security of cable network

    I wanted to followup on a question I asked in <post:=583,864>post 583,864</post:>. In reply to Stuart, I did check my router's configuration pages and found that it does show the current connected devices. I thought it might be useful to keep a log of this information, but haven't found that resource available. However I did find another page that will allow me to enter the MAC addresses of the "devices" that I wish to allow access so I could limit my network to just the few that I have. The down side would be having to enter a guest's computer MAC address if ever anyone wanted to use my connection. So I have another question - of course! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Does this stop intrusion by the "bad guys" or would they also find a way to enter their MACs as well?


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    Re: Security of cable network

    I suspect they would have to know the allowed MAC addresses to get in.

    MAC spoofing is quite easy -- I've had to do this for my router at work, but that is a different story (which might be told once I've calmed down somewhat after 11
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    Re: Security of cable network

    Any simple network sniffer, of which there are many freely available for windows, will let them see the MAC addresses that are in use on your network.

    Every wireless network adapter that I have seen allows you to spoof a different MAC address in its standard configuration setup.

    This is why I think the disadvantage (inconvenience to you and your guests) outweights the advantage ( slightly more difficult for a really stupid hacker to get onto your network when they have somehow obtained your encryption password).

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    Re: Security of cable network

    Okay, I was curious as I always am, about the advantage/disadvantage of keeping the "bad guys out" compared to my inconvenience of entering a guest's computer MAC address. Actually, where I am located, it is doubtful that I'd ever have a problem anyway. The closest home is over 1/4 mile north of us and no one lives there currently! Parking on the busy highway would be very noticeable and if they were sitting in my driveway for a long time without good reason, I'd have the police out checking on them! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Stuart and John for replying! Hope you both have a very pleasant weekend! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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