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  • A question for our network gurus.

    05/22/2017 9:23:15 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 15 replies
    I recently installed a Netgear Nighthawk X6 router. I've replaced the default passwords with 10 digit, random, unrelated characters. Two of my devices (a desktop and a laptop) are running Avast free virus protection. When I run an Avast scan, it says Service is vulnerable to attacks from within your network. When I click on their recommended solution, they say to update the firmware. I've gone to the Netgear website and it says all is updated. I recently vacationed in Colorado. I stayed at a private condo and used their wifi. I ran the Avast scan on my laptop. At...
  • Tech Help--WiFi router dying?

    04/21/2017 12:25:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies
    Vanity | April 21, 2017 | Tech idiot
    I bought and hooked-up a Linksys E-1200 wifi router ($30) 2 1/2 years ago and everything worked fine.I only needed it for my home ASUS laptop but since have added a wireless printer, Wii U gaming system and Sling TV with ROKU stick, all which work off the router.Lately I'll just all of a sudden lose wifi signal. I reboot the router and it'll work fine again but the outages are happening more frequently.Is it time for a new router?I don't want to spend a ton of money. Should I buy a new $30 Linksys router and just expect 2...
  • Advice on Cable Modem/WiFi Router for TWC connection

    11/11/2016 9:48:17 AM PST · by newfreep · 49 replies
    Self ^ | November 11, 2016 | newfreep
    I am relocating and will be using TWC cable internet for the first time. I'm seeking recommendations for single unit Modem/Router - esp the best "Bang for the Buck" TWC does recommend Netgear N300 and N600 - both offer 300mbs speed. However, it appears the only difference is N600 is "300+300" Dual-Band. I'm not sure if the higher priced "300+300" is worth it or even required as I'll be the only user. Any suggestions or insight is greatly appreciated! newfreep "DRAIN the SWAMP...with extreme prejudice"

    05/11/2016 9:46:17 AM PDT · by knarf · 35 replies
    self ^ | May 11, 2016 | knarf
    I inherited a D-Link DI-624 router ... no idea when it was bornWhen I plug in the cd, the exec fails ... I can't configure nor get the thing to operateI've been to the hard site "" which brings up the wizard, but the "run" tab is deadAny ideas ?
  • So Your Router Is Skynet – A Layman’s Guide

    03/29/2016 4:59:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    Freedom Penguin ^ | 27 March 2016 | Matt Hartley
    By now, most of you are aware that TP-Link has decided to ban (custom) open-source firmware for their devices. So what was TP-Link thinking when they turned their backs on flashing routers with custom firmware? Some might suggest it’s the ambiguity in the new FCC rules that put a now much disliked router vendor over the edge. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter has nothing to do with TP-Link. No, the networking device company was merely a diversion for what I’m about to share with you. I would encourage you to read on, but I must warn you that you...
  • Netgear router exploit detected

    10/09/2015 10:56:42 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 October 2015 | Chris Baraniuk, Technology reporter
    A security researcher in the US has said his Netgear router was hacked after attackers exploited a flaw in the machine. Joe Giron told the BBC that he discovered altered admin settings on his personal router on 28 September. The compromised router was hacked to send web browsing data to a malicious internet address. Netgear says the vulnerability is "serious" but affects fewer than 5,000 devices. Mr Giron found that the Domain Name System (DNS) settings on his router had been changed to a suspicious IP address. "Normally I set mine to Google's [IP address] and it wasn't that, it...
  • FCC Rules Endanger Open Source Wireless Router Firmware

    09/29/2015 10:36:27 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    The VAR Guy ^ | 28 September 2015 | Christopher Tozzi
    Open source wireless router firmware may become tougher to install in the United States, if not illegal. That's if device manufacturers interpret new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules involving radio frequencies to mean that user-modified software should be banned. The rules require manufacturers of wireless routers to "implement security features in any digitally modulated devices capable of operating in any of the U-NII bands, so that third parties are not able to reprogram the device to operate outside the parameters for which the device was certified."In non-geek terms, that means users shouldn't be able to change their routers's radio frequencies,...
  • Critical vulnerability in NetUSB driver exposes millions of routers to hacking

    05/20/2015 9:48:26 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 13 replies ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lucian Constantin
    Millions of routers and other embedded devices are affected by a serious vulnerability that could allow hackers to compromise them. The vulnerability is located in a service called NetUSB, which lets devices connected over USB to a computer be shared with other machines on a local network or the Internet via IP (Internet Protocol). The shared devices can be printers, webcams, thumb drives, external hard disks and more. NetUSB is implemented in Linux-based embedded systems, such as routers, as a kernel driver. The driver is developed by Taiwan-based KCodes Technology. Once enabled, it opens a server that listens on TCP...
  • Dangerous 'Misfortune Cookie' flaw discovered in 12 million home routers

    12/19/2014 9:29:02 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    PCWorld ^ | December 19, 2014 | By John E. Dunn
    Researchers at Check Point have discovered a serious security vulnerability affecting at least 12 million leading-brand home and SME routers that appears to have gone unnoticed for over a decade. Dubbed the ’Misfortune Cookie’ flaw, the firm plans to give a detailed account of the issue at a forthcoming security conference but in the meantime it’s important to stress that no real-world attacks using it have yet been detected. That said, an attacker exploiting the flaw would be able to monitor all data travelling through a gateway such as files, emails and logins and have the power to infect connected...
  • Toss routers with hardcoded passwords, expert says

    08/28/2014 3:30:05 AM PDT · by palmer · 24 replies
    Network World ^ | Aug 27, 2014 4:26 AM PT | Antone Gonsalves
    Sometimes it is best to toss security-challenged technology, and that's the recommendation experts are giving to small businesses using a flawed router from a China-based manufacturer. Trend Micro reported this week that routers sold under the brand name of Netcore in China and Netis outside of the country contained a "backdoor" that could be easily accessed by a hacker to monitor Internet traffic. ...
  • Tech Question - Need Input About Dual Wan Routers

    06/09/2014 12:48:15 PM PDT · by The Louiswu · 11 replies
    Me ^ | 6/9/2014 | The Louiswu
    I have a client that has 2 ISP's, Frontier and Mediacom and is running POS/Credit Card machines through the Frontier service primarily, however Frontier goes out from time to time so they would like to be able to switch to the Mediacom service easily and quickly during those down times. Question, is a dual wan router the best answer to this issue? Thanks for the input.
  • Need help with network

    03/12/2013 8:22:38 AM PDT · by tayper · 19 replies
    I need help choosing a Router. I don’t know that much about them. I now have a wired router and want to replace it with wireless but boy is it confusing. All help appreciated.
  • A tech-vanity -- connecting a macbook to cisco router

    06/14/2012 3:38:09 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 40 replies
    self ^ | 06142012 | me
    Well, I'm clearly approaching desperation, or I wouldn't be posting something like this. OTOH, if help doesn't appear on FR, it might not be had anywhere. So here's the situation: I installed a brandy-new Cisco router (E1200) for a client who uses an ancient Macbook. Many pages load fine but Google -- the one that matters for her because she uses Gmail -- times out or takes many minutes to load. It's not unheard of -- I've found it brought up on different help forums but there seems to be no consensus on the fix and, disappointingly, no accountability whatsoever...
  • Netgear Wireless Router Problem

    11/24/2011 10:52:51 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Self | November 24, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    I seem to be having a problem with my Netgear Router. It is over 3 years old and was given to me by a friend. Anyway, not problems with it UNTIL today. My wife's computer in the other room won't receive the signal. I switched computers and mine won't receive the signal either so the problem isn't her computer. Also her computer was picking up signals from other wireless sources in the neighborhood. While my computer is attached by wire to the router it works fine even when I switch to wireless. But when not attached directly it doesn't pick...
  • How to boost your WiFi signal with a beer can (with Photos! you boozehounds)

    09/11/2011 7:55:24 PM PDT · by max americana · 54 replies · 1+ views
    the chive ^ | Septe 11, 2011 | chiv
    I love a good hack, especially one that requires me to throw back a cold one before hand (or during). This simple wifi boost has actually been shown to increase signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars. And, well, I will drink to that. These instructions came to me via The Chive and i think they are most definitely worth checking out. But here is the most important question: what kind of beer will you use? For this project you are going to need scissors, a utility knife, some adhesive putty and an empty beer can. More than...
  • Having trouble getting online with more then one computer via Westell router. (vanity)

    08/31/2010 6:38:15 AM PDT · by GregB · 33 replies
    I have 2 computers and one laptop hooked up to Verizon DSL via my Westell 327 router. I am using XP Pro.
  • Web attack knows where you live

    08/03/2010 1:58:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies · 33+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/3/10
    One visit to a booby-trapped website could direct attackers to a person's home, a security expert has shown. The attack, thought up by hacker Samy Kamkar, exploits shortcomings in many routers to find out a key identification number. It uses this number and widely available net tools to find out where a router is located. Demonstrating the attack, Mr Kamkar located one router to within nine metres of its real world position.
  • "Millions" Of Home Routers Vulnerable To Web Hack

    07/16/2010 9:38:35 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 18 replies · 3+ views
    Forbes ^ | 13 July 2010 | Andy Greenberg
    The upcoming Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas offers an annual parade of security researchers revealing new ways to break various elements of the Internet. But few of the talks have titles quite as alarming as one on this year's schedule: "How to Hack Millions of Routers."Craig Heffner, a researcher with Maryland-based security consultancy Seismic, plans to release a software tool at the conference later this month that he says could be used on about half the existing models of home routers, including most Linksys, Dell, and Verizon Fios or DSL versions. Users who connect to the Internet through...
  • Does NAT Add Any Additional Security on my Wireless Router? (Tech Vanity)

    05/22/2010 9:39:06 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 19 replies · 656+ views
    5/21/2010 | Me
    I have an old WRT54G wireless Linksys Router. All my computers go through this to connect to the net. I have access restriction turned on with a list of the MAC addresses of my 5 computers and IP range. Do I need NAT checked and does this add any extra security? At least 2 computers are being used at anytime by us. 3 use XP and the other 2 us W7. All have the Comodo Firewall.
  • Space-based router promises more reliable communications

    01/22/2010 2:09:05 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 423+ views
    GCN ^ | 1/15/2010 | Kathleen Hickey
    The first IP router on a commercial satellite has successfully passed its in-orbit test, moving the military and commercial customers closer to an era of faster satellite communications. The Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) technology is expected to reduce latency and increase efficiency, said Steven Boutelle, vice president of Cisco Global Government Solutions Group. Boutelle, who served as the U.S. Army’s chief information officer prior to joining Cisco, said IRIS can route data to multiple ground receivers in a single step, eliminating the need to double-hop to a teleport, reducing latency and increasing transponder utilization. The router and modem software...