wireless encryption for a home - best to use on an accesspoint ? and what channel - all N? or G/N mixed ? or BGN

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best all round setting to use.

is N covering just about everything these days in a modern home ?

best encryption? WPA2 ?

I can create two SSIDs to cover all angles if necessary

it’s been about two years since I’ve config Wireless and remember G and N but don’t recall B. B is very dated ?

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most devices support N (2.4GHZ)or AC (5GHZ) these days.   B and G are older and will reduce the speed of N. WPA2-Personal is what you should use.. it might be labeled WPA2 AES.. Do not use WPA2 Enterprise or WEP.  You should also disable Wireless WPS and external access (WAN) to the router management web

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Always try the newest standards, Only fall back if some other device has some compatibility issues.

5GHz, unless other clients are too far (too many walls), drop to 2.4GHz (or leave both if dual channel).
AC or drop back to N
WPA2 at least.
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OK so WPA2 is the way to go ...
Most devices use N
bgn.jpgSo might create one SSID for N  
- And Another for G and N

Re > For a home is WPS ok to leave enabled?
Re > external access (WAN) to the router management web - will have to find that on "RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall" Ive config as an access point in "Router mode" to avoid NAT.  A tip from a forum.
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Not really as WPS is easy to crack.. it is 8 digits but the way they did it was 2 groups of 4.. so 2000 guesses vs 2^8 tries maximum
Unless you really need G don't use it as any G clients will reduce the speed of N clients.
Normally one would have one AP SID in one band and one in another or they will interfere with each other.
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Security ...



WPA Personal
or
WAP Personal - Mixed?

whats best?
Top Expert 2016

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wpa2 personal
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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All the "consumer" methods of WiFi encryption have been broken, including WPA2, so none of them can be considered secure.  But fortunately attacking a WPA2 hash is still not a five-minute quickie unless the passphrase is in the cracker's dictionary.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-method-simplifies-cracking-wpa-wpa2-passwords-on-80211-networks/

Until more secure encryption comes along, change the WiFi password frequently and choose a long, complex, randomly generated passphrase.
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Also - Which is better to choose ...   [  ] 20MHz    OR    [ ] 20/40MHz  ? I can pick one or the other

Thanks everyone for the info so far

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That's for performance only, 20/40 is more range, sometimes more bandwidth.
Top Expert 2014

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Use 20MHz-only for 2.4GHz. Use 40 for 5GHz.

Use WPA2/AES.

Use G/N.

Disable WPS.

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