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Authored by: barrysharp on Oct 25, '02 05:39:44PM

1) Use an Airport network password

2) Don't broadcast your Station ID so that others can't join your network

3) Config to allow only YOUR networked machine's MAC addresses

I don't know how one can see who's on your Airport network -- anyone know what tools are out their for this -- ie just like knowing who's logged into your machine via the 'who' terminal command.

I also don't know how you would stop a smart person from being able to 'sniff' the network. Encryption isn't necessarily safe from a smart person.

IMO I doubt is many home users have really secure data moving acroos home Airport networks -- so all of this network security stuff is of no real importance.

Regards... Barry Sharp

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Authored by: Morgoth on Oct 28, '02 12:02:42AM

I actually went cheap and decided to use my G4 as the base station. This is very easy to achieve: just get an Airport Card and set up sharing in System Preferences->Sharing->Internet. Unfortunately, it is equally easy for anyone in range of my signal to obtain a connection (any 802.11b WiFi device that can be configured using DHCP can get it).

Some notes of joy about Airport networks and Jaguar:
- Internet Sharing allows you to choose the sharing interface and create named networks with encryption
- USB printers are easily shared and automatically appear on connected computers
- Connected Jaguar computers can sub-share the connection providing a mesh network (very useful for offices with sparse layouts)

Some not-so-joyful notes:
- Apple really needs to enhance the Firewall configuration GUI. It only allows port blocking when MAC and IP based connection limiting are also extremely important.
- connected computers can only print to shared USB printers with default options
- Signal is generally weak and cannot pass through chimneys
- Actual bandwidth is nowhere near 11Mbits even without encryption (with Wallstreet Powerbook directly beside G4 I was only getting ~100KBytes/s over AFP)

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