New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

Airport and WiFi security


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Larry H

 
Larry H's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 21, 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 107
Larry H is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Mac Mini 2.53 Intel Core 2 Duo 4GB

Larry H is offline
Greetings,

I am using my Mac Mini as a wireless router for a LAN. The Mac is connected to the internet via a Sprint broadband card. I have two PCs that connect to the Mac and thru the Mac to the internet.

This local wireless network is not presently secured. How do I secure this LAN to exclude outsiders?

My nearest neighbor is 100 to 200 yards away, could someone else receive my wireless network at that range?

Should the LAN be encrypted? If so, which encryption setting should I use?

I don't do any sensitive online work with the PCs and I shut off the Airport when I do banking or credit card stuff on the Mac.

Thanks for any advice,

Larry H
QUOTE Thanks
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 41,406
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, Yosemite

chscag is offline
Even if your nearest neighbor is 200 yards away, it's possible for the signal to be picked up. (Hi gain receiving antennas for wifi are easily obtainable.)

As for encryption, yes, I definitely would use it and I would use the strongest available. WPA2 if possible.

As far as securing your wifi, I imagine you'll have to do that through your Sprint broadband card since you're not using a router.

Regards.
QUOTE Thanks
IvanLasston

 
IvanLasston's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 26, 2010
Location: Rocky Mountain High, Colorado
Posts: 2,116
IvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to behold
Mac Specs: 1.8 GHz i7 MBA 11" OSX 10.8.2

IvanLasston is offline
What type of broadband card is it? If it is pccard, express card or USB - you could get yourself a proper router from cradlepoint. I tend to buy mine from the 3gstore
3Gstore.com, Mobile Broadband Made Easy. CradlePoint Routers, MiFi, Antennas, Amplifiers and Verizon & Sprint EVDO Modems.
I have a verizon mifi 2200 and I use it standalone most of the time. I do have a cradlepoint PHS300 router that has a battery as well in case I want to hook up more than 5 devices to the network. (If you think 5 is plenty think about this - 1 iphone, 2 ipod touches, a macbook pro and a macbook air when traveling with the family)

I have been looking but it seems you can only encrypt an ad hoc network with WEP which isn't much of any encryption. For example:
How to: Create an Ad-Hoc Network, Part 2 - www.wi-fiplanet.com
So if it is only WEP - it would only keep out the most basic of users - but some would say it is better than nothing.
QUOTE Thanks
Larry H

 
Larry H's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 21, 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 107
Larry H is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Mac Mini 2.53 Intel Core 2 Duo 4GB

Larry H is offline
Ivan,

Thanks for the info. The modem is a Novetel express card. I have looked at the Cradlepoint routers and the Sprint version of mifi. I just don't have the bucks right now, but I will put it on the wish list.

Larry H
QUOTE Thanks
darrelwk

 
darrelwk's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posts: 70
darrelwk is on a distinguished road

darrelwk is offline
Wifi can be picked up from anyone in your range of access... So if yours is unsecured, others are able to "share" your connection so to speak
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Updates - basic question | Remote access / network hacked? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Airport express now invisible to my Macbook! Malisa80 Internet, Networking, and Wireless 8 08-05-2010 07:56 AM
Airport will not connect to open WiFi network totalimmortal Internet, Networking, and Wireless 3 03-24-2010 03:37 AM
do I need an airport card to access net or simply netgear usb wifi wrightm Apple Desktops 4 05-16-2009 01:26 PM
AirPort Extreme Security Issues? surroundrew Internet, Networking, and Wireless 0 11-15-2008 10:22 AM
Wifi problem at an airport? citystar2k Internet, Networking, and Wireless 0 08-15-2005 12:11 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:38 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?