Netgear MA301/401 and Encryption
pricetech at charter.net
Wed Jul 28 22:32:33 UTC 2004
On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 08:27:37 -0400, Scot L. Harris <webid at cfl.rr.com>
> On Tue, 2004-07-27 at 23:22, Price Technology wrote:
>> As promised, I have installed the MA301/MA401 wireless card in my
>> freshly installed FC2 box and it is working famously. (using it right
>> now in fact)
>> The only thing I haven't set up is encryption. I am using MAC address
>> access control, not broadcasting the SSID, etc. even switched away from
>> the default channel 11.
>> While I have set up encryption at all my customer's sites where the
>> Netgear MR814 in deployed, and had planned to do it here, I got curious.
>> Considering the other safeguards I've deployed, how important is
>> encryption?? Opinions please.
> Without encryption it would be very easy to look at all your packets
> going over the wireless connection. This could include your pop3
> passwords for your email access, text of your emails, etc.
They'd have to sniff the packets without being able to access the network
> Think of it as if you have locked your homes door but have the huge
> picture window on the front of the house with the drapes pulled open.
> Nobody can get in easily but they can see everything that is going on
> Of course if you are using WEP someone can still break the encryption
> but they have to gather a couple of million interesting packets to do
> so. Usually more trouble than it is worth for most casual hackers. But
> encryption would keep your next door neighbors kid from getting
> information you may not want them to have.
I guess I didn't consider the possibility of "promiscuous" sniffing. With
the MAC address restrictions and not broadcasting the SSID, I'd pretty
well have the neighbor's kid blocked out anyway.
Thanks for the input.
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