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"Secure" wireless addition

By bowtiedz28 ·
Hello All,
I am trying to come up with a reasonably secure wireless connection for my work. I do realize wireless security is an oxymoron but it would help me and the shop I work in be more efficient. As a sidenote, I am an auto tech who likes to "play" with computers and networks and have fallen in to the role of fixing most issues for both buildings in our company.

What I need to do is setup a connection so I can access the shared usb drive on our parts computer to access the vehicle information system and also access internet through the company network. We do have to login to the domain to access the internet and the shared drive.

So far what I have come up with is:
1. Use wireless router instead of wireless acess point
2. Use WPA encryption
3. Change default SSID
4. Disable broadcast of SSID
5. Enable MAC address filtering
6. Use static IP addresses and limit to 1 external IP
7. Turn off the router at night
8. Use a VPN connection?

Is it possible to do a VPN connection to a WinXP/NT network easily? The shop's network is connected to the main part of the network via a fiber optic link to cross the street. Any advice on a certain router or particular setup? I am hoping to use easily obtained hardware all for under $300. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I can handle fairly basic setups myself. I am hoping there would be a fairly simple solution here.

Thanks for taking the time to read all my babbling and for all the helpful info I have already found here.

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Two Things!

by entawanabi In reply to "Secure" wireless additio ...

The first part is to design your, or consider the structure of your user name and password Operation, that will provide most of your problems solutions, the second part is provided with a registerred 'IP', an Identification Protocol. I'm not sure where to get one but that is\was the common practise.

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