ADSL Modem + Router - Suggestions....

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Defenestration, Mar 22, 2006.

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  1. Defenestration

    Defenestration Registered Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    I'm looking to switch from using a USB modem (that came free when I first moved to ADSL) for connecting to the Internet, to an ADSL modem and router combination. I don't want to spend a fortune and was thinking of getting a Netgear DG834G 54Mbps Wireless ADSL Modem Firewall Router with 4-port 10/100 switch, coupled with a Netgear WG111 Wireless 54Mbps USB 2.0 Adapter .

    Is this modem/router and adapter any good ?

    Is it possible to completely disable the wireless part of it for security reasons, and just use it in a wired configuration (ie. connecting to it using ethernet cable) ?

    I'm a novice when it comes to using routers (in both wired and wireless forms), so what are the main points I need to know for running it safely (ie. so no-one can hack into my machine or hack into my wireless connection) ?

    According to someone on Amazon, you need to "limit the computers that could talk to it via their MAC addresses and setting up 128 bit WEP encryption)". Anything else I need to do ?
  2. SSK

    SSK Registered Member

    Nov 28, 2004
    Im no expert either, but I'm reading up on Wireless to advise my dad :)

    AFAIK WEP is not very secure, WPA is the safer choice. MAC filtering seems to be easily "hacked" as well.

    About disabeling the Wireless and just go with the Ethernet part: maybe it's cheaper to buy a simple wired Router with firewall and NAT router?
  3. <DreamCatcher>

    <DreamCatcher> Registered Member

    Jan 6, 2006

    Its a very good Router and is fairly easy to setup and secure with the instructions. Yes you can disable the wireless part of the router if you want to and it is a good idea to change the default user name and password.
    These links may help>

    How to Secure Your Wireless Home Network with Windows XP
  4. Alphalutra1

    Alphalutra1 Registered Member

    Dec 17, 2005
    In order to properly secure your wireless network, follow this guide I wrote to help someone a little while ago at castlecops...

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