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Date:      Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:09:34 -0400
From:      Alejandro Imass <>
To:        Michael Powell <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Home WiFi Router with pfSense or m0n0wall?
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On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM, Michael Powell <> wrote:
> Alejandro Imass wrote:
>> [...]
>>> Really these WEP/WPA2 protocols are not providing the level of protection
>>> that is truly necessary in this modern day. You can keep out script
>>> kiddies and people who don't have skill, but people who know what they
>>> are doing are only slowed down.
>> Thanks for the detailed explanation! So, are there ways to run a
>> secure WiFi network? It would seem that in my case I have neighbours
>> that know what they're doing so should I just forget about WiFi go
>> back to UTP?
> We use 802.1x auth on our switch (and other hardwares) ports at work and
> this utilizes a Radius server. At work we are mostly a $MS WinderZ shop, but
> with Enterprise grade access points (we have Aruba's), EAP, and Radius we


> This email is already getting a trifle long, so suffice to say if you really
> need the best security on a home ISP router the best you can do is turn off
> the radio and use Ethernet and UTP. This returns to the original focus of
> your question in that the firewall would be the point of contention and not
> the cracking of WEP/WPA2 auth keys. What I was wanting to point out to you
> originally is that changing the firewall is a separate issue from the
> cracking of Wifi auth keys.

I absolutely got that but I was assuming that a pre-packaged WiFi
router with pfSense or m0n0wall would have a more secure wireless
hardware and software as well. Now I see the problem is more complex
and that the wireless part is vulnerable regardless. So if by cracking
the wireless part they can spoof the mac addresses of authorized
equipment, what other methods could a BSD-based firewall use to
prevent the cracker from penetrating or using the network beyond the
WiFi layer? From your response it seems very little or nothing

Thanks again for your detailed answers!

Alejandro Imass

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