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Jetta68
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Securing a Wireless Network that uses a BT Home Hub v1.5

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Hi

 

I want to ensure that my wireless network is well secured. At the moment I have a BT Home Hub v1.5 router which I believe can only support the less secure WEP protocol. Would it be worth upgrading my router to one that supports WPA2-PSK? If so, could someone suggest a good, reasonably priced model and how I go about setting it up.

 

At the moment my home network consists of:

 

- desktop (Windows 7 Home-Premium 64-Bit) connected via ethernet cable to Home Hub v1.5;
- iPhone4 wireless connected (obiously!) to Home Hub v1.5;

- Wii wireless connected to Home Hub v1.5;
- in future may want to add another PC wirelessly.

 

Thanks
Jetta

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wedd1ng528
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WEP security is fairly easy to hack into. WPA2 is much more difficult, particularly if you use a strong password (long length, mixed caps/lowercase, numbers etc).  As to what would be a good router to use the world is your oyster (well almost)! If you have been with BT for a while (ie you have finished your original contract period) it might be worthwhile upgrading with BT when you would be entitled to one of the newer HHs (either HH2 or HH3) both of which have WPA2 available.

 

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Geoff93
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Re: Securing a Wireless Network that uses a BT Home Hub v1.5

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As a short term measure you could restrict the DHCP range and set it up so each device is assigned the same address each time. If there are no free addresses in the DHCP range then a rogue device will not get access.

See this thread for how to do it

To restrict the DHCP range
enter 192.168.1.254 into your browser to bring up its home page.
Click on A-Z on top right
Scroll down to DHCP settings and click on it
You will probably have to enter your hub password at this point
Change the end address to reduce the number of devices to what you want and then click on the apply button.


To tell the hub to always give a device the same address
Go to Hub home page – 192.168.1.254
Click on A to Z
Scroll down and click on Home Network or DHCP table
Enter password if requested
Click on device
Click on yes next to Always use this address then apply.

I assume that you should be able to do this on a HH1.5 - you definitely can on the HH2
Jetta68
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Re: Securing a Wireless Network that uses a BT Home Hub v1.5

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Thanks for the reply.

 

Are there any restrictions or features a router must have to work with BT Broadband?

 

Thanks.

Jetta

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gavaskarss
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If you are in the contract period with BT they will not send out with the new versions of the hub but i believe that WII works only with WEP

 

Hi group any idea abt the same

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gavaskarss
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You may need to enter the Generic settings if you are purchasing any other router for the BT Broadband to work

 

Username:anyname@btinternet.com/anyname@btbroadband.com

Password:any password

 

VPI:0

VCI:38

Encapsulation:PPPoE

wedd1ng528
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Gavaskarss isn't PPOE only for ethernet connections (eg Infinity)?  Shouldn't the encapsulation be PPOA for ADSL?

 

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markrayson
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You can actually use either PPPoA or PPPoE for ADSL/ADSL2+. There's no real benefit to using PPPoE though, just some extra overhead.

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Geoff93
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I have had the WII working with WPA but not set it up again after move. If you can't get it work come back and I will try and set up mine again.
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Jetta68
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Hi What do you think of this one? It seems to have good reviews: http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/wirelessrouters/work-and-play/DGN2200.aspx . Oh and my Wii setup menu shows WEP, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK connection options. Many thanks Jetta
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