RFI: wireless router

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Something simple and easy, hopefully, for me to install. I need it to link the two computers in the household and to allow me to work at my desk which is on the other side of the room from where my internet connections are located. We don't game or do other things with our computers.

    Don't want to spend a lot of bucks.

    Suggestions are gratefully received.

    Many thanks yous.
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The capability is built into Windows itself. A peer-to-peer (computer to computer) connection can also provide router services, although that does mean you have to have both computers on to use the remote one. I've never been able to get it to work, however.

    I haven't tried with my current computer.

    YCTTSFM Original Member

    No technogeek I, but here's what works in my household: cable outlet wired to cable company's box which unscrambles their internet/digital phone signals, wired to wifi router ($70 in 2009). Router network set up to require password for access. One ancient Windows desktop, a less-ancient Mac laptop, and a newer Mac laptop can swap files (if on) with varied ease, or print to wireless printer. Sharing/permissions had to be set on each one. Guest network with separate password allows access to printer only, cannot "see" our computers.

    Set-up took about 45 minutes following instruction card in box plus a bit of internet research, using one computer physically connected to the cable box—which cable outlet location forces to live in an extremely awkward location beneath an item of furniture—until the wifi setup was operational. We don't game or do anything fancy either, so can use all computers simultaneously, any place in the house, without difficulty.

    Hope this is what you were asking for.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    However you do this, absolutely use a password that your neighbors won't guess. Open routers are a really bad idea these days. If your neighbor taps in & starts downloading child porn, they're coming for you. :D

    YCTTSFM Original Member

    We aim for passwords our neighbors' teenagers can't guess. :cool:

    My own criteria tend towards things memorable to you but obscure to others, and never connected to you in public records: obsolete appliance you bought for your first house, favorite 1982 Steeler, etc. Never birthdays/anniversaries/mother's maiden name/previous addresses or other data easily looked up, or that you bring up in conversation. If you tend to reminisce to others about what a great dog Rover was, don't use R0v3r.
  6. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Trick I use for passwords: Look around, find a book, or magazine. Take title of book, story in book, or story in magazine. Use entire title, or selected words from title. Add year of publication of story/book, or combination of month and page (for example: Story found on page 126 of March issue of Cosmo becomes 3126). Put this number in front of, between, or after words. Find an obscure punctuation mark. Stick that anywhere you like. Job done. You get a large password that is robust and pretty much safe from a dictionary attack.
  7. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Fortunately, my neighbors and the road are too far away to pick up any signal.

    Anyway, after a false start with a Linksys 1500 something or another, I got both our computers up and going with a Belkin.

    Thanks for all the info.
  8. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    not a bad rubric for password. Try this one.... This is a example password this is not anywhere near the passwords/rubrics I use :D

    Take a Word in English IE Red October (Yes im a clancy fan)
    Translate to a foreign Language (Russian, Latin, etc) ...in this case russian = Krasniy Oktyabr (If you want to really complicate it translate to a 3rd language)
    Now for some alpha-numeric twidling.. Krasniy 0ktyabr (O to a zero, a to a 8, S to 7) Kr87niy 0kty8br
    Now butcher the spelling ..Kr7ni8y 0ktybr8

    and there you go
  9. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    TravelnMedic's example is the best so far. Passphrases are something to be striven for in as many cases as possible. If you want to have the bejesus scared out of you, run RainbowCrack or Ophcrack with rainbow tables on your current PC password and see how fast it's broken. You'll (expletive deleted) bricks.

    Passphrases, when used correctly, are vastly more secure than even gibberish passwords and are also not currently vulnerable to rainbow-table attacks.
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    How do you remember such passwords?
  11. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I write them all down in a tiny notebook which I carry in a secret pocket in my underwear...oh, wait...THAT'S why the TSA wants to frisk us old farts! :eek:
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  12. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Very true, some passwords crack in <3 seconds, especially where I work, very few peoples profiles survived the last run of PW cracking tests.

    um partially through the use of phonums to sound it out, others are just plain memorization and or fingerprint reader. My main tool for passwords is the finger print scanner (Not integrated with a seperate SD key card). As duplicating a finger print is pretty hard.

    Then standardizing the use of number that replace a letter
    I = 1
    A = 8
    S = 7
    G = 6
    ... and so on

    YCTTSFM Original Member


    Thus using topics that are personal, obscure, and private. Like TravelnMedic I use non-English phrases, misspell them, and substitute numbers for letters (but change my pattern periodically). But they exist only in whatever files support a given password field, and in my head. Never in paper lists, keychains, encrypted files. I have to be able to remember it. Any password can eventually be cracked, but if my laptop or phone ends up in the wrong hands they don't get easy access to everything else as a bonus.

    This method works for me because I'm lucky to have decent memory/pattern-recognition skills. For a brilliant friend who is so dyslexic words rarely come out the same way twice, it would be exasperating. Would look into fingerprint scanners and other characterless methods.

    Also, I no longer carry around much proprietary information or deal with an IT department, so my needs are pretty low-tech.

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