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By jhayesit ·
Hi I have about 300 laptops that access my network wireless. I am trying to lock down the wireless but i have had no luck. I tried WEP but it keeps trowing off my windos xp machines. What i have to do is retype the WEP phrase every so often on the xp machines, not sure why. anyways i was wondering on what other securities are out there, i heard of Radius but not sure how it works? Does it come with windows 2000 server?

thanks, any ideas would help

jh

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by Mike Jones In reply to Wireless Security

I have a Netgear Wireless Access Point. Cheapish SOHO router.

This has additional security features which means that only clients whose mac address I have registered with the access point can gain a wireless network connection.

WEP is a pain in the backside and slows your connection down a lot or it did on my system.

I suggest taking a look at what other wireless access points are on the market for corporate entities. These are bound to be slightly more expensive that your normal access point but should contain additional security features. My Access point also contains a firewall, so I blocked all traffic apart from what I need for my systems to work. This also speeds up the network if configured properly. I think 3com do a range of Wireless Access points which you might want to take a look at.

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by jhayesit In reply to Wireless Security

Actually i have a Orinoco access points 2000, which is not a regular access point, it is designed to handle 60 connections each. But i can't really track all the MAC addresses since i have 300 laptop users and they change every year.

thnxs

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by MachineType In reply to Wireless Security

Hello,

The best way I have heard is to implement WEP (also WPA is coming out soon or is out) and then encapsulate that in an IP sec or PPTP VPN. It would be best to implement all IP Sec but for the windows 9x clients you have to have the DUN 4.1 upgrade first:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q285189

And then ipsec upgrade:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/server/evaluation/news/bulletins/l2tpclient.asp

Here are a couple of very comprehensive articles aboutit:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/about/ac123/ac147/ac174/ac181/about_cisco_ipj_archive_article09186a00800f
a297.html

If you have a Windows and .NET Magazine subscription you can check out this link:

http://www.winnetmag.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=27095&

If you do not and are brave enough to post your email than I can send it to you.

Hope this helps.

SLM

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