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    best way to connect wireless router

    ok which is the best way to connect a wireless router
    i used to do it this way
    cable modem via usb to pc
    pc to wireless router by eth0 card via ethernet cable

    this meant all wireless connections went through pc, all connection laptops had to be 'set up' but pc had to be on all the time and as duel booting into linux had to set up nat

    however i could see all internet traffic passing into pc

    now i have a cable wireless router which is plumbed into the cable modem
    this means i do not have to have a pc on all the time, no need to worry about natting but i can not see any other internet traffic passing to router

    which is the best/most secure method of setting up router?
    like life, this is a test

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    The way you presently have it is fine. Just check available security settings on the router -- MAC address filtering, encryption, logging, etc. etc. Different routers have different features, but most usually have at least the above mentioned.

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    but the current method means i can not see what the router is picking up
    mind you wireshark says there is nothing untoward but,.......
    like life, this is a test

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    Look in the router's manual there's usually some logging feature.
    Or stick a sniffer in between the modem and the router.
    Oliver's Law:
    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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    the router does have logging but only outgoing
    it is only a simple little router
    i take it by
    'by put a sniffer between modem and router' you mean pc+wireshark+2 eth0's...
    like life, this is a test

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowcat
    i take it by
    'by put a sniffer between modem and router' you mean pc+wireshark+2 eth0's...
    That'll work.. You can bridge the 2 NICs so it'll be transparant...

    You can also connect router, modem and a PC using a hub. Don't use a switch
    Oliver's Law:
    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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    @yellowcat - I'm truly amazed by the effort that you are making to eavsedrop on other people's communications.

    If security is what you are trying to achieve, here's a link that I posted on home Wi-Fi security with simple rules - nonbroadcasting ssid, encryption, minimal signal range etc.
    5 Rules to Home Wi-Fi Security
    For periodic check-ups, i would suggest that you fire up wireshark or airopeek or similar tool and do a sample capture of ongoing traffic

    If your goal is constant surveillance of all traffic, you're treading on dangerous ground ...not a lot of users will be happy about it. But the best way to do it is already suggessted, stick a hub between the canble modem and the wireless router and connect your wireshark to a free port on the hub

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    it is def not to snoop on any one else it is just paranoia!

    i can not believe that the new setup (modem-router) is as secure as my old setup (modem-pc-routuer) and here i could see all arp requests. etc....

    i do fire up wireshark on computers and only see 'normal' traffic

    but the router's 'internet is active' led still flashes like crazy even with all pc's off

    just worried that is all
    like life, this is a test

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    When paranoid, i would go with wi-fi sniffer with the wi-fi adapter in monitor mode (AKA promiscuous mode). I like wireshark and kismet, by to use them properly, you NEED to set your wi-fi adapter to monitor mode.

    This is most often limited by the driver, and it is easier to achieve with Linux then Windows

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