Disable WiFi (not SSID)
I was hoping someone could help me. I have a unique home network setup at home. Breakdown below:
ISP -> Cable Modem -> Norton Core Router -> Internal Router - > All my end-point devices
I bought the Core router to be used as firewall, for deep-packet inspections, etc., and have a separate subnet for my devices on the internal router. All my traffic takes an extra hop through the Core router to and from the internet at large. I use the internal router for all my WiFi connections so, literally, the only connection to my Core router is my internal router.
I assumed, like I'm sure many did, that I would be able to disable WiFi altogether on the Core router, and that is not to be confused with disabling the SSID. Two separate things. Apparently, through my research, there is no way to do so. All you are accomplishing by disabling the SSID is preventing the true SSID (whatever you decide to name your WiFi signal) for being visible to devices. This does NOT prevent it from being broadcasted as "Hidden Network." If you believe that by disabling broadcast SSID is a good security practice, think again. "Security through Obscurity" is a poor security practice and the only way to truly obscure the Core WiFi signal is to disable it altogether. I've done WiFi Signal Analysis on the "Hidden Network" and pulled -40db (near 100% propagation of signal from the other side of my house and did further analysis and determined that the first 6 digits of the MAC of that "Hidden Network", the Organizational Unit Identifier (OUI) of a MAC, was sure enough, Sysmantec's. Bottom line, disabling the SSID does nothing from a security standpoint. All I could do was place a 64 character, randomly generated complex password on the signal and hoped for the best.
Has the Symantec Norton Core engineering team thought about this? Is there a software update in the future that will provide not only the ability to disable WiFi, but also provide a web GUI where a user can do more with the configurations? At this point, I am apt to unplug the Core router and sell it to someone and buy an enterprise Barracuda network firewall because at least then I know they aren't emanated a WiFi signal.
Please provide the ability to disable the WiFi signal.
Juan De Julio