Wifi is insecure – use Powerline Adapters through your electricity wiring
Wifi is insecure.
Think of the mnemonic “MacDonalds” as each Wifi system transmits a Management Frame, a Control Frame and a Data Frame. (MCD). As hackers, we go for the management frame, and basically it’s game over. Every system allows us to transmit a Deauthentication or Disassociation signal… and we shut down your wifi system.
Ethernet or Wired cables, are far more secure, but I appreciate that you don’t want cables running up and downstairs.
Powerline – the solution of an Ethernet network that’s portable
Powerline adapaters run Ethernet – through your electricity system. As long as your meter isn’t shared amongst many homes, you’ll have a far more secure network with powerline.
- It’s easier to set up than Wifi.
- It’s much faster than Wifi.
- It’s the same price as Wifi.
- Currently 500 mbps powerline adapter exist. Zyxel are reported to be 10% faster than the competition.
- It’s plug and play.
- Encryption is press 2 buttons on the bottom of each adapter – no software is needed to gain AES 128 bit encryption.
- No-one sat outside can access your network – they’d need access to the electricity supply (a socket).
Zyxel PLA4205 – The fastest Homeplug AV kit we’ve seen.
My verdict – Powerline is ideal for home networks. Anywhere you have an electricity socket – you have a network.
Short of electrical sockets?
Buy the Powerline system that allows you to put a plug into a plug.
Need to run 4 Ethernet devices from one socket?
Look up the Western Digital system that runs 4 devices from one adapter
How does it work?
- Buy a starter kit – that’s 2 powerline adapters.
Plug one adapter (with a wire) into the ports in the back of your router.
- This adaptor now powers your internet connection – over your electricity supply.
- Now plug an adapter into a power socket in your living room (or study), connect the adapter with a cable to the ethernet port on your laptop.
- Now, we press the “encrypt/pair” button on the routers adaptor first.
- Then within the next 1-2 mins, run to your laptop adapter, and press its “encrypt/pair” button.
You’ll now have an encrypted connection from your laptop to the router, running at 500 mbps. You’ll probably only get 2/3rds of that speed. I get approx 150mbps – 180 mbps on a 200 mbps powerline… so you won’t get the full speed – but it’s stable and simple and secure compared to Wifi.
Stable – your connection will rarely, if ever, fail.
High Speed – Your speed will range from 67-90% of the advertised speed… depending on if the electricity wiring on both adapters are on the same electritcity ring main, or a second ring main (say upstairs).
Secure – no snoopers can listen in. No wifi insecurity. Encrypted AES 128 bit connection between the two paired adapters.
Yes, I use powerline. Yes, I’m happy with it. The only hiccup is running from one adapter to the other to pair them up to start off. If you’re in a 3 storey house, that would be a pain… I’d cheat, and move the study. 🙂