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Windows Home Server: Improve Wireless Security

Roelf Zomerman, from the Netherlands has pulled together the following guide to improving wireless security with Windows Home Server.

Wireless networks are always less protected than wired LANs since they do not require physical access to a cable inside the building. Enterprises use 802.1x security to strengthen the security of the wireless network. With Windows Home server this is also possible. Prior to using the wireless network users are requested to fill in their username and password. Based on group membership the user is granted or denied the usage of the wireless network.

What we need:

  • Windows Home Server installed + DVD
  • Wireless Access Point with 802.1x support
  • Client with Windows XP or Windows Vista

We start with the server based setup. For the access point to verify the users credentials we are going to install a radius server, basically the access point forwards the username/password request from the client to the radius server which will simply answer with access granted, or access denied.

We need to create a group that will hold all the persons that are granted access to use the wireless service. Logon to the Windows Home Server using remote access and click Start. Right click My Computer and select Manage.

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