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Decrypted

Published: Saturday 2007-06-16.

I have had a wireless network at home for a while, I got it in connection with when I got my Nintendo DS so that I could play over the Internet. Since the DS only suppors the WEP encryption protocol, which can be cracked in less than a minute, it felt like I was fooling myself into thinking that my network was secure, and thus I have disabled the encryption and instead replaced it with a block so that only the computers I allow can access the network.

Of course, encryption, even in WEP, protects against simple tapping, but since I anyway do all my logins over SSH, and all the web traffic that contains sensitive information via SSL, so for a simple home network it feels like encryption is unnecessary, even when I live in a house with several flats, and with several visible wireless networks.

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I'm glad my Wii supports WPA.

I used MAC-filtering on my Linksys WRT54G for a while, but it started dropping lots of packets, and turning off filtering "fixed" the problem. Using WPA today, and not broadcasting SSID.

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