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Re: [A bit OT] Diagnosing home network



rhkramer@gmail.com wrote:
> On Saturday, May 20, 2017 09:38:21 AM Gene Heskett wrote:
>> You'll note no mention of wifi here as its turned off unless I have
>> children visiting with their smart phones.  wifi is slower, and subject
>> to being used by the neighbors as I found my net usage after the kids
>> had been in was up about 80 Gb a month later. 
>
> You know there are security measures available for WiFi, right?  I do two 
> things, I use one of the more advanced encryption protocols (something
> like WPA-2 (and maybe some more initials at the end??), and, I have it
> setup so that it doesn't announce its presence--only if someone knows
> the name can they try to enter a password and login.

Probably WPA2-PSK ("Pre Shared Key") -- just means "password auth".
TBH, not having the SSID transmitted is actually LESS secure (overall)
than just having it transmit, due to the fact that your client devices
(phone, laptop, etc) have to broadcast "hey, I'm looking for SSID,
any APs in range have that one?"

If the devices aren't leaving your house (e.g. your Nest thermostat, or
similar) it's a bit of "6 one way / half dozen the other", and won't
really matter.

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