Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

At home I have a wireless network that I have my notebook, Zune, PS3, etc connected to.

I've set it up using WPA2 with AES encryption, a 63-character alphanumeric & symbols key, MAC filtering for all my devices and I've disabled SSID broadcast.

Yes, I live in an apartment complex and yes, you could call me paranoid. To be fair, in the past I've received one of those cease-and-desist letters for online piracy. So I really want to make sure no one is on my network without me knowing about it.

Am I as protected as possible or is there more I could do to secure my network?

share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Yes, I can't think of more that you could do. You've avoided the big mistakes of wireless "security", being:

  • using WEP;
  • using no security;
  • relying on client MAC filtering; and
  • relying on no SSID broadcast.

None of these is secure and none you're doing. There is no better readily available wireless encryption standard than WPA2 currently.

share|improve this answer
Seems pretty reasonable to me – David Hayes Jul 15 '09 at 15:55
I can't think of anything else either. – Scott Jul 15 '09 at 16:01

That sounds great. I've started running my networks through a WifiDog server to make people login. This allows me to track bandwidth and usage very well. I really like it and it's especially helpful when you want an open network that still needs to have accountability. (I install dd-wrt on all of my routers so it's a snap to setup).

So basically, you could setup a portal style system but I think that's unnecessary based on what you've done.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.