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wireless router with built in modem

Dan

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Well networking can get confusing fast. Bridge could provide performance increases but I wouldn't say it's anymore/anyless secure. You'll basically have double firewall and NAT, making it nearly impossible for any inbound traffic to come in. This will surely limit gaming and P2P traffic (even things like instant messaging file sharing) as you won't be able to accept any connections from the outside.

Typically speaking, you want to avoid having more than one router/NAT/firewall/DHCP server on a home network as home network devices aren't designed to allow for this.

I should mention, the most important thing for me is that my desktop stays as safe as it is now (It's where we do banking and important stuff). That's why I was asking earlier if I plug it in the router or keep it in the modem.

I'm worried that if I plug my desktop in the router it would become open to the wireless safety issues.

Her laptop will mainly be for yaking on Facebook...:dots: So I don't care about that.
 

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Not sure how I oversaw this, but here's what you can do:

For the new wireless router, connect a cable to another port on your modem and attach it to any LAN port on the router. This way the wireless router will basically just be a wireless access point. Configure it by disabling DHCP and changing the router IP to something in the same range as the modem. For example, if your modem is 192.168.1.1, set the router to be 192.168.1.2. Then setup all the various wireless security stuff on the wireless router to ensure things are protected. I suggest WPA2-AES if her laptop supports it, with randomly generated characters.

To make things more secure, disable SSID broadcast (could be called Visible/Invisible, you want Invisible), and enable MAC address filtering to only allow your laptop.

This way everything will be able to communicate just like how it currently is, only that you'll have wireless support now too.

If you want though, you could totally isolate wireless by connecting it's WAN port to a LAN port on your modem. However the laptop won't be able to communicate with the desktop at all, but should be able to access the Internet fine.
 

Dan

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If you want though, you could totally isolate wireless by connecting it's WAN port to a LAN port on your modem. However the laptop won't be able to communicate with the desktop at all, but should be able to access the Internet fine.

Oh, now we're talking.
That's exactly what I was hoping I could do, keep our desktop away from the wireless router and give her access to the internet with her laptop.

Thanks for the help...this place is great. :thumb:
 
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