Protect wireless network without Encryption

There are six steps to secure the wireless netword. I feel it is too complicated for me at home.
I don’t want to remember the Password or WEP key.
So I choose the step 4 to protect my Home wireless network.
It is Enable MAC filtering
Allowing wireless connection only to known MAC address. MAC (Media Access Control) address is an unique identifier attached to most network adapters.
I wrote down all nic mac addresses. Including desktops, by command ipconfig/all, XBOX, DS lite, Sipura SPA voip adaptor, Wii, by look at the back of the box.
Encryption does slow down the transfer speed. Even the CPU overload on the router.

4 Comments

  1. With more and more people connecting computers to a network using wireless technology, it becomes extremely important to protect wireless network. You should always choose very strong passwords for your wireless network security which require efforts and skill to detect and make hacking difficult.

  2. With more and more people connecting computers to a network using wireless technology, it becomes extremely important to protect wireless network. You should always choose very strong passwords for your wireless network security which require efforts and skill to detect and make hacking difficult.

  3. Wifi experts have been harping on this as a false solution for years. Same as hiding your SSID, it just might work with ignorant wifi users, but if they know how, getting past a MAC address restriction is easy.
    Not to offend, but you don’t know what you are doing and you are mis-informing the public to remove their security.
    Everyone: USE WPA security and a strong password or 20 characters mixed.
    Make a strong password that you can remember. It’s not that hard, come on. Put the password in a note on your machine and set it up once and you are done. Hackers nearby can’t see you machine and anyone else is It’s the only way. Do not use WEP or MAC address tricks, they don’t hold up under any serious attempt to break in.

  4. Well, I belive it’s still possible to sniff traffic if your wlan isn’t encrypted. So when a “hacker” retrieves information of one of the allowed MAC-addresses, he can just change is own MAC-address and get access. MAC-filter isn’t really a good solution.

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