Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    United Kingdom: Bridlington

    Wireless router security question

    OK folks, I have a question for you, as I do not claim to be an expert on wireless stuff.

    Say that I have a setup something like this:

    Several PCs.....>hub/router.....>gateway......>phone line.......>ISP........>internet

    Say that the hub/router has ports 161 and 4567 permanently open, what security issues (if any) does this present?

    As far as I am aware these ports are not required for anything that I do, and if they were, they would only be open whilst I was doing it, rather than permanently?

    In case you are wondering, NO! I cannot close those two ports, the hub management software won't let me.

    I can think of a workaround, but it would be a gross hack

    I await your replies with interest

  2. #2
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Per chance you have read this article?

    Looks like you simply loop those ports for a fix.

  3. #3
    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    United Kingdom: Bridlington
    Hi Shay, thanks for the link, which I hadn't read, but is the workaround that I mentioned I knew of

    Yes, I have the BT "Home Hub v3.0" and I wondered about those open ports........................

    I remember that BT were castigated for testing the "phorm" spyware a while back, and I do not trust them one iota.

    I am still awaiting an answer as to what the real security implications are of having these two ports permanently open, but am looking for a proper router in the meantime.

  4. #4
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    May 2012
    nihil glad to help out.

    Unless you can get a Linksys EA4500, which I am using, that is a brand to dodge for a while since it was sold to Belkin which is another brand I dodge.
    Netgear, seems to be the top followed by D-Link and ASUS.

    Don't know what BT is upto, but after reading various posts, I would go with a different brand of router too. @HOME did something like that , but they are gone now.
    Last edited by Shay; May 1st, 2013 at 05:26 PM.

Similar Threads

  1. Wireless Router Security
    By geovolt77 in forum Hardware
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: March 4th, 2006, 08:16 AM
  2. Wired Network Router to a Wireless Router
    By bkowen in forum Network Security Discussions
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: December 3rd, 2005, 01:29 AM
  3. wireless router to a wired router
    By clickster in forum General Computer Discussions
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: December 1st, 2005, 11:53 PM
  4. wireless router and pda
    By muert0 in forum Hardware
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: November 21st, 2003, 02:50 PM
  5. Wireless Router
    By micky05 in forum AntiOnline's General Chit Chat
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: August 19th, 2003, 05:47 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

We have made updates to our Privacy Policy to reflect the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation.