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Wireless WEP

Discussion in 'General Video Gaming Chat' started by Bryce Curdy, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. Bryce Curdy

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    I read in one of the magazines that enabling WEP encryption severely slows down connection speeds. Anyone know anything about this? Wouldn't want my neighbour to be able to use my network to look at kiddie porn.
     
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    Never heard that before, it's certainly not the case with my setup (see sig)
    What magazine was this?

    I'd recommend you leave it on or try WPA if you have the option.
     
  3. SimonO

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    If you don't want WEP on, try disabling SSID broadcast and limit the wireless connections to trusted IP addresses...
     
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    Wouldn't that be trusted MAC addresses as it's the router that assigns IP addresses within the network.

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    Dosn't limiting your network to say 3 pc's or however many you have in the routers settings stop anyone else from access?

    For instance I limit mine to 5 pc's and if try add a new one it wont assign it an ip address so no net access and cant see the network.

    If for instance I add another pc I would first have to go into the routers settings and delete one of the 5 or up it to 6.
     
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    True... :suicide:
     
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    Many thanks. How do you do that? I have a Netgear router if that makes any difference.
     
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    I have Linksys so not sure if netgear would be similar or not ?
     
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    At a guess I think there is an option under LAN IP Setup / Use Router as DHCP Server, to edit the start and end of IP addresses recognised.
     
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    That would work (although IP addresses can timeout eventually). My Belkin router has a "MAC Address Filtering" menu as described earlier which limits access to wireless adaptors. Disabling your SSID Broadcast would also be a useful point.

    Even if WEP did reduce connection speed, which I havn't heard of before, the connection speeds of modern wireless networks are much faster than most internet connections so the difference would be unnoticeable.

    Using USB Wireless Adaptors will slow down your computer to an extent though. :)
     
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    Its not the connection speed thats the problem with wireless its the packet loss. However good your wireless connection you will always get packet loss on wireless connections. Any packet loss during online gamming = LAG. It dosnt matter if you are browsing the web or moving files. You would never notice.

    Wep does slow down wireless connections considerably. Having played with wireless for online gaming I found it to be completly crap to be honest. I went to a huge amount of effort to get it to work right including installing improved aerials on the wireless bridge and router.

    Its great for browsing the net and moving files but the reception over a couple of floors in my house was absolutely rubbish for online gamming. Lag city. Wireless connections just cant cope with lots of bricks and metal, you just get too much packet loss.

    I have kept Wifi for my Laptop and and PSP and binned it for live. It puts you at too much of a disadvantage.

    Dlan is delfinately the way forward for connecting up for online gamming away from your net connection. I set this up today and its the business. Seriously clever stuff :thumbsup:
     

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