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Chosing HTTP or HTTPS in linksys wrt54g router

November 14, 2012 at 18:50:23
Specs: Windows XP, 2.4 ghz dual core intel E6600/ 4gb ram

I have a linksys wrt54g router. In the Administration screen, Managment, Web Access, it shows, next to Access Server, check boxes for HTTP and HTTPS. I have been running for years with HTTP checked (default, I suppose) but am wondering if running with HTTPS would be more secure. What is the effect of my checking HTTPS?

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#1
November 15, 2012 at 05:43:27

That might block HTTP. You don't want to do that.

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#2
November 15, 2012 at 06:17:25

I wouldn't want to do that but then why is HTTPS there to check. The linksys doc is woefully inadequate on this (in fact it says absolutely nothing at all about the Web Access choices because when you click on their help panel for it you are taken to the wrong piece of documentation).
I have to think there is more to know here and I am curious (and always looking to improve my security).

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#3
November 15, 2012 at 07:57:49

That setting has nothing to do with blocking http.

The choice refers to remote administration and yes https is more secure.

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#4
November 15, 2012 at 16:08:02

If that's the case, the setting makes no difference if remote administration is disabled. Is that correct?

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#5
November 15, 2012 at 20:23:50

I have remote admin disabled. Does anyone know if checking HTTPS will be more secure and not interfere with anything that is working with HTTP in this case?

The way that this is presented in the linksys panels would lead one to believe that they are not related. Web Access with the HTTP or HTTPS choices are in the section above the section with Remote Management (enable or disable).

In typical windows programming, if choice 2 is dependent on choice 1 to the point that disabling choice 1 obviates choice 2, then choice 2 would typically not be selectable (i.e. 'greyed out'. ).
In this case choice 1 is Web Access (HTTP or HTTPS) and choice 2 is Remote Management... which is backwards if indeed choice 1 is dependent on choice 2.

Of course there is the possibility that they are related and these panels were poorly programmed.


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#6
November 16, 2012 at 07:29:12

I just looked at my router. If you look to the left, that's for local admin access, not remote. So, the only thing the HTTPS would do is force you to use https://192.168.1.1 in your browser, nothing else. It would do the same to anyone who cracked your wireless encryption & obtained an IP address.

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