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October 12th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Springfield Virginia (VA) Home Network Wireless Routers

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Springfield Virginia (VA) Home Network Wireless Routers – Choosing A Router For A Wireless Home Network, Springfield Virginia (VA)

The three routers that come to mind when setting up a wireless home network are:

1.       Cisco Linksys

2.       D-link

3.       Netgear

These are the three most trustworthy routers that aren’t too expensive and will cover all of your network needs.  They all range from approximately $30.00 to $100.00 for your basic wireless home network.  If you get a router through your cable company, when you set up a wireless network, most likely it will be a Cisco Linksys router.  If you decide to get a router and set up your network on your own, D-Link and Netgear are of similar quality and offer the same features and security options at a cheaper price.  The three models that I recommend for beginner home network users to look at are the D-Link Wireless-N 150, Netgear Rangemax N150, and Cisco Linksys E1000.  These three routers are close in price and offer easy-to-use security options. The security of your wireless network is very important but easy to achieve.  Many routers have built in firewalls and you can consult your router’s configurations page to help you set a password.  There are many other brands of wireless routers out there, that work just as well, such as Belkin, Buffalo, EnGenius, Zonet, Hawking, Tenda, and Trendnet.

The D-Link Wireless-N 150 – In addition to WEP this router supports the latest in wireless security, WPA/WPA2, to keep pesky neighbors from gaining unauthorized access of your internet, from hackers accessing your information, and attacks from potential viruses.  The support for WPA/WPA2 ensures that your data has the best possible encryption.  The N 150 model also has a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) push button feature that helps you activate and set up your network security functions with ease and it also uses dual active firewalls, SPI and NAT, to block potential virus threats and attacks.  You also have the ability to set up parental controls to deny access to specific websites.

The Netgear Rangemax N150 offers “Push ‘N Connect” technology for WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) easy setup and installation.  It supports WEP as well as the latest encryption WPA/WPA2.  It also has double firewall protection (SPT and NAT), as well al Denial-of-service (DoS)attack prevention.  It gives you the ability to set up a guest network with restricted access ensuring your privacy and security.  You can also block certain websites with the parental controls to provide safer internet experience for your children.

The Cisco Linksys E1000 comes with simple easy-to-use software for setting up and customizing your router and its security features with advanced features that allow you to customize your router.  It also supports WEP as well as WPA/WPA2.  The E1000 comes with parental controls that allow you to block specific websites as well as restrict internet access during certain hours.  It also gives you the option to set up a separate, password-protected guest network to allow your visitors access to your internet without having access to your computers.

All three of these routers are easy to you and will give you and your data the protection it needs.  You should always refer to your router’s manual and other documentation before setting up your home network.  This will ensure that you are installing it properly and that you are utilizing the security features available.  If you have any further questions or need help setting up your wireless home network and router, Geek ABC is here to fulfill your specific needs.  We be reached via our website geekabc.com or you can give us a call @ 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  We provide same day, mobile, onsite network support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

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October 11th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Vienna Virginia (VA) Wireless Router Encryption

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Vienna, Virginia (VA) Wireless Router Encryption –Wireless Router Encryption For Home Networks Vienna, Virginia (VA)

Most home networks these days are wireless and it is very important that we protect the data that we have on our computers and the information that we are sending over the internet.  One of the worst feelings in the world is finding out that our system has been hacked and we now have a virus on our computer or even worse our identity stolen.  Encryption also keeps random people from jumping on to our wireless networks for free internet usage.  If you have a network and only use the default security, where WEP or WPA is turned off, any random person can jump on to your network and use your internet connection.  The two most common forms of encryption for home networks are WEP and WPA/WPA2.

WEP or Wired Equivalent Privacy is the lowest level of encryption.  This is basically one step above the default security and it will enable you to lock your network so that people can’t access it without your permission and an encryption passkey.  WEP is very easy to configure and has three basic settings:

1.       Off – no security

2.       64-bit – weak security

3.       128-bit – better security

The downfall to WEP is that it can be easy to crack and it can slightly reduce your performance, but probably not enough to notice.

WPA or Wi-Fi Protected Access is a wireless security with more protection than WEP.  WPA is newer form of security than WEP that offers a higher level of security.  A few disadvantages to WPA are that all the computers, access points and adapters must have WPA software; it won’t be compatible with older operating systems such as Windows 95, and any equipment older than 2003 won’t be upgradable, because WPA wasn’t introduced until 2003.  WPA has two major advantages over WEP:

1.       Even if hackers intercept the data, it will be difficult for them to read because the TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) mechanism shares a starting key between each devise but then each devise will change their encryption key for every packet.

2.       A Certificate Authentication can be used which will stop a hacker acting as a legitimate user, from accessing data.

Encrypting your data is extremely important and you need to make sure that your network is secure.  If you have questions or concerns about your specific Wi-Fi security and encryption or need help securing your Wi-Fi connection, Geek ABC is here to help, you can reach us via our website, www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  Our computer geeks can help you set up a new wireless network if you don’t already have one and can help you set up the level of security that you require to keep your information safe.  We provide same day, mobile, in-home computer and network support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.


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October 7th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Fairfax Virginia (VA) Wireless Network & Router Encryption

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Fairfax Virginia (VA) Wireless Network & Router Encryption – Wireless Network & Router Encryption For Home & Small Business Users

Just about everywhere you go, today, there seems to be a Wi-Fi connection that you can hop on, if you wanted to.  Public places such as coffee shops, cafés, hotels, libraries, and college campuses, for the most part, have a Wi-Fi connection that you can use if you are a guest, customer, or student.  But these aren’t the only places you will find Wi-Fi, most home users, these days, have a wireless network set up with Wi-Fi so that they can use their computers in every part of the house or to wirelessly connect other electronics such as printers, PDA phones, gaming consoles (Wii, Xbox, PlayStation), netbooks, iPods, iPads, and other Bluetooth/Wi-Fi devices.

When you have a wireless home network set up, the users need to be aware of the possible dangers that exist.  Without proper encryption you may face situations like hackers attempting to steal your personal information, as well as possible, virus, malware, and/or spyware intrusions.  It is extremely important to have your router properly encrypted and to be aware of the encryption standard/method that is being used.  Current routers on the market today offer at least two forms of encryption, WEP and WPA/WPA2.

When you set up your wireless network it is important to make sure that your connection is secured and show’s as “locked”.  This will keep out nosy neighbors or random hackers from accessing your internet connection with out your permission.  For the most part people are just looking for a free connection but there are hackers out there who are looking for unsecured networks that the can get in to for the purpose of stealing information.

I plan to go into further detail about WEP and WPA/WPA2 encryption in a future blog.  What they mean, what the differences are, and which one might work best for you.

If you have questions or concerns about your wireless network or need help securing your current network, Geek ABC is here to help, you can reach us via our website, www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  We can also help you set up a new wireless network if you don’t already have one.  We provide same day, mobile, in-home network support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.


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