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Ethernet vs Wireless Router

Does using a ethernet cable vs using wireless router protect you from malware? Do ethernet connections give you direct connections at the the bios boot? What kind of benefits can I get using a ethernet vs a wireless router for protection from vulnerbilities?
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awawadaCommented:
Does using a ethernet cable vs using wireless router protect you from malware?
NO

If you have a Router for Ethernet or Wireless with a Firewall (is just a basic protection), this will help you to protect your Network little bit more.

But remember you will still need an Antivirus and Firewall for your Clients. I use Panda Cloud & Windows Firewall.

You can also read this:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Digital_Living/Software/A_1958-MALWARE-An-Ounce-of-Prevention.html
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RGRodgersCommented:
The benefit of wired connections versus wireless is primarily the prevention of unauthorized users from accessing your system.  To achieve this benefit, you'd have to disable all wireless access.  Unauthorized users can certainly expose you to attacks, data loss or other security issues.  Wireless routers have security protocols available to limit this risk but the protocols are not 100% effective, especially considering that the end-user implementation is often poor or non-existent.

...RG
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lee555J5Commented:
Does using a ethernet cable vs using wireless router protect you from malware?
Answered adequately above. No difference in protection--both types of connections provide network connectivity to router.

Do ethernet connections give you direct connections at the the bios boot?
What do you mean? The BIOS boot of the client pc? Are you wanting some quick ROM-based environment such as SplashTop to work? If so, you will need hard-wired ethernet and NOT wireless b/c the wireless drivers haven't loaded yet.

What kind of benefits can I get using a ethernet vs a wireless router for protection from vulnerbilities?
Again, there is no benefit unless you disable ALL wireless devices as RG noted above. If ALL wireless is disabled, an attacker would have to physically (hard-wired) connect to your network. However, you do give up a LOT of convenience with wireless printers, laptops, wi-fi phones and tablets, and guests at your house. Also, a lot of game consoles and other entertainment devices use wireless.

Personally, I use wireless A LOT. But I protect it using WPA2 with a decent password.

Lee
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use wireless on my laptop and strongly protected as suggested by Lee above. However I have a wired ethernet cord readily available. Why?  When copying vast amounts of data or very big machines, wired is a lot, lot faster.

Otherwise I secure both machines with the same excellent AntiVirus/Firewall suite and protect the main router input using its firewall protection.  

So given some ordinary common sense practice, wireless is just fine. It allows me to move my laptop around a lot (which I do).

.... Thinkpads_User
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Kent DyerIT Security Analyst SeniorCommented:
Convenience really.  Wireless gives you the ability to be mobile.  Wired (Ethernet) is typically faster..  But what is "cool" about wireless is that you can be in your living room talking with your spouse and kids.  If you choose to do wireless, you need to be sure that you setup wireless protection - WPA2 or better is recommended.    You can also do site survey of your neighborhood to see what is out there.  Lastly, if you have a large home/property where you want to get access in different areas like a pool or barn, you may also need to add wireless repeaters so that you don't lose connectivity if you take your laptop/tablet/etc. to one of those locations.

To look at wireless around you start with this - http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/

HTH,

Kent
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probegalaAuthor Commented:
I think its great.
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probegalaAuthor Commented:
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