Good network/Happy Neighbors

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by rfergu, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. rfergu

    rfergu LI Guru Member


    My house has 5 computers (4 802.11g, 1 802.11n), a nintendo ds, a WRT54G v2, WRT300N v1 (Sveasoft Talisman 1.2 on both), and an Airport Extreme connected wirelessly using WDS to a DSL line. So far its working pretty well, but I have several questions I'm hoping you all can help me with.

    My goals are simple:
    1) Have an in home network with seemless, secure, and fast wireless throughout the house. (This is challenging because the house seems to eat up wireless signals).
    2) Not piss off the neighbors

    Here are my questions:
    1) If I MAC filter do I need to use encryption?
    2) Is it best to have static ips for each computer?
    3) Does boosting the signal strength help that much with range, and what range do most people use?
    4) Can I create a closed network that my neighbors don't even see? Is this better in general than it being visible? (I know I can do this with my AEX, but not sure about linksys)
    5) General advice for setting up a seemless network?

    Thanks for your advice!
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Have a quick look here:

    Wireless Security - How secure is your Wireless Network?

    for the security issues. boosting the signal will help in dead spots, but you can also broadcast outside your house which may then become a security issue in itself. You must use encryption these days. the thing is what to use since you have listed a nintendo DS. what encrytion does this use? WEP?

    you could setup Multiple SSIDs with Sveasoft firmware to allow the highest security on each wireless device.
  3. rfergu

    rfergu LI Guru Member


    Thank you very much for your quick reply! The DS is WEP only. One thing I could consider doing (although I'm not sure how possible it is). Is making it only work with the Airport Extreme. The DS is usually only played with the games downstairs.

    Would it make sense to do that? I could do a shorter broadcast range and mac filter.
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