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Any concerns about nearby routers with different country codes ? (Not GB but DE and BE)

Can't seem to persuade VM to investigate this, but one of my computers suggested these "foreign" routers might affect the security of my WIFI. Whether by accident or design I do not know but I have been spooked to find networks with the same sequence of numbers as mine but with _EXT or (space)2 at the end. (Deleted when found).

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so whats the question?

There is no known security problems with the hubs
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Re: Any concerns about nearby routers with different country codes ? (Not GB but DE and BE)

I don't think there's any cause for concern. Which program is flagging up these warnings?

Some devices legitimately send out a different country code, eg. ASUS Router sold in Europe transmit the "DE" country code but there's nothing suspicious about it.

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same sequence of numbers as mine” where? Do you mean the SSID name being transmitted or do you mean the routers DNS name. Both can be anything.


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Re: Any concerns about nearby routers with different country codes ? (Not GB but DE and BE)

That was a comment from a Network toubleshooter on an elderly Mac. Incidentally, adding to my unease, I decided yesterday to check and if needed, update the router after reading an article in your help forum, only then to find out the router password doesn't work!  Can a router (Hub 3?) be reset? Would a newer one be more secure?. Thanks for any advice

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The unknown router(s?) had the same VM SSID as ours but with either _EXT appended or [ ]2 (space2)

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@FldBllnst2 wrote:

The unknown router(s?) had the same VM SSID as ours but with either _EXT appended


I used a Netgear Wifi Extender for a while and it did exactly what you describe - created a new SSID with same name as mine but with _EXT at the end.

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How about a link from Norton Security when you haven't requested one?

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Yes, that's fair enough if it's your network to extend. Have just noticed 5 out of the 7 numbers in out VM SSID and a near neighbour's match up exactly (i.e. position and value!). I wonder if this is just an important coincidence?

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@FldBllnst2 wrote:

Yes, that's fair enough if it's your network to extend. Have just noticed 5 out of the 7 numbers in out VM SSID and a near neighbour's match up exactly (i.e. position and value!). I wonder if this is just an important coincidence?


_EXT is an extender. It is quite possible to have nearly matching SSIDs if the hubs have similar serial numbers & were issued at around the same time. However, even if the SSIDs were deliberately set the same, unless both hubs have the same network password they would not be able to access each other’s connections.

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