v2.1, July 2007
Safeguarding Your Network
The RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router WNR834B provides highly effective security features
which are covered in detail in this chapter.
This chapter includes:
•Choosing Appropriate Wireless Security
•Configuring WEP Wireless Security
•Configuring WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK or WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK Wireless Security
•Turning Off the Broadcast of Your Wireless Network Name
•Restricting Wireless Access by MAC Address
•Changing the Administrator Password
•Backing Up Your Configuration
•Understanding Your Firewall
Choosing Appropriate Wireless Security
Unlike wired network data, anyone with a compatible adapter can receive your wireless data
transmissions well beyond your walls. Operating an unsecured wireless network creates an
opportunity for outsiders to eavesdrop on your network traffic or to enter your network to access
your computers and files. For this reason, use the security features of your wireless equipment.
Deploy the security features appropriate to your needs.
Note: Indoors, computers can connect over 802.11b/g wireless networks at ranges of up
to 300 feet. Such distances can allow for others outside of your immediate area to
access your network.