I currently have a network setup in my home. I have several Win7 pro machines, two printers and a NAS where I store all my converted LP’s and cassette (about 4Tb’s) connective CAT5 to my switch. On occasion I connect my wife’s and my laptops wirelessly. (I have a 2Gb connection with my ISP).
I have been trying to secure my network and wireless connections: I have been using DHCP via my wireless router to assign IP address to my devices, but I have been reading articles and a few articles in the local papers where Hackers (have and can infiltrate wireless networks). Thus I have started to:
1. Turn off my wireless network when not using it.
2. Allow access only via MAC addresses
3. Use WPA-2 encryption
4. Disable broadcasting of my SSID
5. *trying to determine how to disable ports that I don’t need open.
However, I am confused as to how to reset/restructure my network -- without the wireless router ON. In particular -- using my switch with the direct connection from my ISP -- it would seem that I’m exposing my network devices (should I have a filter, buffer, firewall or another type of protection device)? My intention to protect my computers and other devices -- however have enjoy a speedy internet connections.
Is there a means by which -- I can setup my network (using 192.168.0.0 or private addressing and yet once I power up my wireless router that my wireless devices can access my wired network devices and storage?