The best and most secure way to set-up home network

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Smoky83

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Hey all,

I am trying to set-up my home network with a combo of wired and Wi-Fi. I have several questions on equipment to get and how to set-up.

It has been suggested that I incorporate a VPN into the network, is it better to use a service like from Norton (my current AV software) or get a physical device?
Should I also use a firewall?
How good are these 'Whole Home WIFI' systems you can buy?

I do have a Motorola Modem and an ASUS WI-FI router already.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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The best and most secure way to set up a home network is to hard wire it, anything else is a compromise. No reason to have a VPN on a home lan. Your router should have a firewall and so should your operating system.
 

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So for my desktop, media center, PS4 and TVs w/streaming services I should hard wire it to the router with no VPN. I also have 2 laptops, 2 ipads and 5 smartphones, for these I was planning on using the Wi-Fi, should I use a VPN just for the Wi-Fi then?
 

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If I may make a few suggestions.

Hide the SSID this will prevent it from being broadcasted for the world to see.

I do have a Motorola Modem and an ASUS WI-FI router already.
Depending on which one that you are planning on using for the WiFi I would also configure it where only these IP address are allowed and or Mac addresses.

As far as a VPN I would only use one if I am utilizing hot spots remember though you get what you pay for.
 

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Hide the SSID on the modem and router, correct? or all the devices?
Each device has its own IP and MAC address correct? I would just have to locate it and then follow the prompts for my particular WiFi router, correct?
 

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