routers

When can I get a WiFi 6 router?

WiFi 6

Episode 1690

Tom from Warren, OH

Tom wants to know when he'll be able to get 6Ghz WiFi? Leo said that FCC just approved WiFi 6 as a standard. And WiFi 6 routers are just coming out. WiFi 6 is faster and more reliable too. Leo recommends Ubiquity. But Leo says WiFi 6E routers will be coming by the end of the year, and they'll be able to see through walls and will be great for Mesh routers. And nobody will be on it because it's so new.

How can I use my Windows 7 machine on my network without access to the Internet?

Windows 7

Episode 1690

Al from Charlon, MS

Al wants to block all internet traffic coming into his Windows 7 computer so he can use it in his local area network. Leo recommends using the Windows firewall, allowing traffic through 192 for access to your network, and block everything else. You can also do it through the router. 

Is my wifi secure?

WiFi Signal

Episode 1674

Mike from Yakama, WA

Mike is worried that his WiFi network is compromised since his encryption was bypassed. Leo said that WEP was hacked, and routers went to WPA. And then WPA2. But the latest news is that "Krack attacks" have gotten into WPA2. Leo says it's largely sensationalized headlines and that it's very hard to do and requires a lot of time being on the network itself. Also, by now, most routers have been patched against Krack. So it's not really anything to fret over. And WPA3 is on the horizon, with new routers turning it on with a software upgrade.

Here are some things you can do:

How do I reset my router?

Netgear Orbi

Episode 1662

Sam from Oceanside, CA

Sam looked in the settings of his Netgear Orbi router and made a few changes. Now, many things he uses on his network don't work any longer. Leo suggests powering down the router, count to 30, and then power it back up. If that doesn't work, you can completely reset the router. There's a reset hole that you poke a paperclip into and hold it until the lights blink yellow. You'll need to reset it up and give it a new password, but it will be back to the factory settings. Also turn off WAN administration, and universal Plug n Play (UPnP). You'll be back up and running.  

Can I Put Multiple Hubs on My Router?

Router

Episode 1661

Tom from Atlanta, GA

Tom's router has four ethernet ports. Should he use them to install multiple hubs with switches or multiple switches? Leo says that switches aren't very smart on the whole, and switches are really just another name for hubs. What he needs is a smart switch to really isolate the traffic and maximize speed. Leo has a 24-port switch connected to his Orbi router and he uses that to connect all his devices that need a wired connection. That includes his streaming box and TV. 

Is my new router safe online?

Eero Mesh Routers

Episode 1658

Charlies from Virginia Beach, VA

Charles got a new Eero mesh router all set up (Eero is a sponsor of the TWiT Network), but now he gets a warning that his router can be seen online. Leo says that the best thing a router can do is be invisible by not responding to any online queries. It's called Stealth Mode. That's what GRC's Shields Up will test. Most routers have PING turn on by default. But you can turn it off in the security settings. Also, turn off universal plug n play and file sharing. 

Can I use my own router for FIOS?

Verizon

Episode 1651

Andrew from Brewster, New York

Andrew has Verizon FIOS and wants to know if he can use his own router. Leo says that Verizon bundles the router/modem together. Leo says you won't save any money since you have to use Verizon's modem/router anyway. But if you want to do your own router, you can turn off HDCP in the Verizon router and then use your own router for a better experience.  Here's a YouTube video on how - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2Jr_0P0zwY