802.11a

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by zappa, Jun 12, 2002.

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  1. zappa

    zappa Registered Member

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    I have been doing some reading on the 802.11 in preparation for going wireless at home. I decided, I think, on the Linksys WAP54A. I couldn't find any on the west side of LA as of today but it appears one of the chains will have it available tomorrow.

    I use a 2.8GHz phone at home and I've read in a few forums where there were issues with using the 2.8G phone and the 802.11b router.
    Does anybody think there will be issues with the 802.11a as this version is at 5GHz not 2.4GHz as the (b) version is at?

    I read mostly good things about Linksys in general. I read in numerous different forums that one of the routers did not work with XP at all, not good. This thread speaks to that issue and others. If you read the thread notice the comment by the gent who says and i will paraphrase, now I know why Linksys uses the colors black and blue. (Their routers are bright blue and black.) Brutal but funny.
    http://www.nwfusion.com/cgi-bin/WebX.cgi?128@21.sKVrcnA9PJf^13@.ee734f5

    main forum
    http://www.nwfusion.com/cgi-bin/WebX.cgi?14@21.sKVrcnA9PJf^2@.ee6f946

    I am curious to see the actual range of the (a) technology as I have a one story home with the nerve center at the far end of the house. I read where if one boneheads the setup one could be quite vulnerable as wide open from another wireless user in the vicinity. I think that was where the vulnerability exists...anyway since my house is in the hills and I am the end of a finger of a hill I don't think anybody could get reception as I look down on all my neighbors. There are about 50 steps from my garage up to the front door and it's about 200 feet.

    Now that I think about it when testing the range of my phone I walked down the steps, into the garage then down the street some 400 feet away and below the base unit and I never lost the call and could hear just fine.

    I made sure that Linksys had worked out the bugs with XP and the (a) version. I have already purchased the wireless Linksys notebook card WPC54A and it says in large letters on the back of the box "compatible with XP" so I hope they've figured it out. We'll find out real soon.

    Any security tips would be appreciated as I am doing my research but the super-tweaker in me is bound to screw something up.
     
  2. UNICRON

    UNICRON Technical Expert

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    hmmm, I wonder what hanging out by your house with a laptop in promiscous mode could do?

    So far I am sceptical of the security aspects of wireless connections. New technology is always vunerable for a while. I'll let other beta test the security of this stuff.

    We'll know more in a year or two.
     
  3. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

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    The house fills up with wimmin? :D
     
  4. zappa

    zappa Registered Member

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    LOL. not much. Good point. Thanks for keeping me focused on the issues or non issues as they may be.

    But, come on down and let's find out. Wait until I bonehead my setup though. There's nothing here very interesting except my wife collects sugar bowls and tea pots and Ebay is here main source. You would then be right up to date on her latest acquisitions. I usually find out months later when it appears and I say oh where did that come from.

    Checkout, the good ole days were just that.....now it's pretty tame. Although there is a new gentleman's club opening up here on the west side.

    Router didn't show up at the store today. Still waiting.

    PS-Promiscuous, Blazie is a taking over. LOL.
     
  5. UNICRON

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    lol well there is no IEspell for Konqueror. and promiscuous is a hard word to spell!

    Maybe I should have just said "capture packets" ;)
     
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