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New Router - Wireless Security Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by Sasqui, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Sasqui

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    Brand new ASUS RT-66U at home. Specs are here: http://www.asus.com/Networking/RTN66U/#specifications

    Looking for recommendations for what data encryption to use. This is a dual band router, and encryption can be different on each band 2.4G~2.4835GHz /5.1~5.8GHz

    I also found this in the manual:

    I have IEEE 802.11n devices that will be connecting, so I certainly don't want to cap the data rate.

    I'd like a human readable password, not some series of HEX characters... Can't claim to be a genius when it comes to wireless networking and would like to keep it simple.

    Suggestions?
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    I use WPA2 personal and you can assign a key 10 digits or more.
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    Wpa2-psk
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    What is WPA-TKIP? (from the exception listed above)

    Which one is that from the list?

    What are the advantages?



    Damn, three questions in a row.

    Edit, found this:
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    WPA2-PSK

    Best with the least hassle. your over thinking it just pick it and go
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    WPA2-PSK is a humanly readable password just use it and move on.
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    Underthinking is overrated. I know little to none about Wifi encryption, hence the questions.
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    WPA2-PSK is what I use.
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    The interesting thing about dual band, it's like having two routers!

    I guess I'll find out later, but if I chose the same settings and password for each band, the client will decide the best connection?
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    Gets a little confusing if you name them the same. I name the normal 2.4GHz band as "something" then the 5GHz band as "something-5G" so I can differentiate the two on my devices. You can have the same passkey for both though.
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    Ah yes, the examples in the manual do that too. Seeing that both bands accomodate b/g/n, I guess it'd be up to me to decide what band to connect to... if both are already setup, the client would chose the strongest signal at the time of connection I suppose.

    If you couldn't tell, I've never had a dual band router before, lol.

    I've read that 2.4 Ghz will pass through walls better than 5Ghz, where 5Ghz will give better performance when the signals are about equal, partly because there's typically more noise in the 2.4Ghz spectrum.
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    It is the most secure.
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    Exactly. Its like having 4 routers if you turn on guest network

    Correction: 6 networks

    "The RT-N66U supports up to three wireless networks over the 2.4 GHz band and three over the 5 GHz band, so it can protect computers from any unauthorized access, hacking and virus attacks. The parental control allows you to set up your kids' computer access times. "

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