"Router-Mode" for my desktop

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by MeowMeow, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. MeowMeow

    MeowMeow n00b

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    Hey guys,

    after hours of figuring out how to successfully activate an ad-hoc network connection that uses my VPN to connect to my university-network, I succeeded in turning my computer into a router.

    Everything functions as I like, but now there's two issues I'd like to get sorted:

    1) How do I secure my network, other than using a password? There's about 200 people living in my dorm building and I don't want others using the WiFi. Not because I'm egoistic, but simply for safety concerns. Gross misbehaviour can cost me my network account and I've grown accustomed to 20 Megabyte/s download speeds.

    2) Is there anything I can do to effectively shut down my computer, with only the necessary programs running to maintain the connection?

    My computer is my normal work and leisure machine, it's a big ass desktop running Windows 7. In lack of a wireless router, I created an ad-hoc* connection to have WiFi.
    Now I want to be able to turn off the computer, like in some power-saving mode, but keep the necessary parts "awake" to keep up the wireless connection.

    Cheers guys!
     
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  2. MeowMeow

    MeowMeow n00b

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    I'm surprised that after that many views, nobody is able to save me.

    Question 1) is, admittedly, pretty google-able, but I would have loved to get your advice
    Question 2) isn't, so if you know how to do it, please do consider taking the time to reply.
     
  3. /dev/null

    /dev/null [H]ardForum Junkie

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    What OS?
     
  4. MeowMeow

    MeowMeow n00b

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    Windows 7, sorry.
     
  5. Metraon

    Metraon Limp Gawd

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    Personally I don't understand what you have accomplished and I don't understand precisely what you are asking, so a little drawing or something like that would be nice.

    From what I understand, your Windows 7 computer is your "gateway router" and you have a Wireless access point connected to that computer ?

    1) You want to protect your wi-fi ? If so, use WAP or WAP2 with a long randomized password and you will be fine.

    2) You want only to use the computer as a gateway router only with minimal services ? Well get rid of windows 7 would be a great start if you only use the computer as a router.
     
  6. Liger88

    Liger88 2[H]4U

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    If you want to run your computer as a router Windows 7 wouldn't be the best decision unless you plan to load up VMWare/Virtualbox + pfSense or Smoothwall. That I could understand.
     
  7. MeowMeow

    MeowMeow n00b

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    I did a very poor job indeed describing what I want.

    My computer is my normal work and leisure machine, it's a big ass desktop running Windows 7. In lack of a wireless router, I created an ad-hoc* connection to have WiFi.
    Now I want to be able to turn off the computer, like in some power-saving mode, but keep the necessary parts "awake" to keep up the wireless connection.

    *My LAN connection's internet-access is shared with a WiFi-card
     
  8. /usr/home

    /usr/home [H]ardness Supreme

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    Not possible.