Securing a Wireless Network

Its  important to take all the possible steps to keep your network safe and away from hackers. When a hacker gains access to your network, all sorts of problems can pop up. It ranges from your inability to access your system to the worst-case scenario where your wireless network is used as a platform to launch criminal attacks.

Use the below tips to keep your network safe:

Disable the DHCP

   For a hacker to gain access to your wireless network, when you disable your DHCP, the hacker must decode the IP address and the TCP/IP parameters. Disabling the DHCP will make it harder for a hacker to access your wireless network.

Enabling Security

   For a secure access to our network we can use one of the many protocols from WEP, WAP, WAP2 etc. These are the technique for encrypting traffic on a network.  Only the ones with shared key (password) will have the access to the network. Encryption will make it much more difficult for a hacker to look at the traffic going in and out of your wireless router to your computers.

Antenna Position

   The position of your antenna is vital to keeping your network safe from hackers. Always position your antenna in the center of the area you want. In summary, the antenna should be positioned in such a way to limit the network range to the area you want. If a hacker is unable to see the signal, it will be impossible to hack into the network.

Access list

   This feature enables you to form a list of devices that can get access to the wireless network. This is pretty easy to manage as you can always add or remove devices from the access list. This combined with encryption will make it extremely difficult for a hacker to access your network.

Change SNMP settings

    A hacker can use the SNMP to gain valuable information about a network. Therefore, it is important to change the community and private settings of the SNMP.

 

Disable SSID Broadcast  ( For high security)
    To have a high security environment , you can disable the SSID Broadcasting of the wireless network. In this option one can access the wireless network only if they know the SSID (name) of our wireless network. This will keep the hackers away to a great extend.

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