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How to hide some devices from home network?

  1. #11


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Regardless about the Vista or Server, it still applies to any Windows edition. LLTD is what controls Network discovery. Personally again as I stated before. You start hiding machines from others on the network, you are going to run into problems. Your best way to not allow access into the machine, is with the Firewall Policies.

    There really is no reason to hide a machine on the Network, unless you are going to use it as a Packet Sniffer or Honeypot. Then you would be using Linux to do that, not Windows. It is easier to hide a Linux machine on a network, by not using Samba server on it.

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  2. #12


    Australia
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Regardless about the Vista or Server, it still applies to any Windows edition. LLTD is what controls Network discovery. Personally again as I stated before. You start hiding machines from others on the network, you are going to run into problems. Your best way to not allow access into the machine, is with the Firewall Policies.

    There really is no reason to hide a machine on the Network, unless you are going to use it as a Packet Sniffer or Honeypot. Then you would be using Linux to do that, not Windows. It is easier to hide a Linux machine on a network, by not using Samba server on it.
    Thank you for sharing your opinion.
    It makes no sense to me that hiding my machines from some others is vaguely scary in some way you don't specify.

    My machine is invisible to theirs when it is turned off. Blocking it by an intermediate switch would have the same effect. It simply doesn't exist for the remote PC.

    A managed switch would have no problems being told to not send their PC's Network Discovery enquiries (or anything else from them) to my PC. That's one of the jobs it's designed to do.

    And their PC would be unaware of it happening. Those handshaking packets don't have a specific address, they are broadcast. That's the whole point of sending them - the sending PC doesn't know who is out there. Many devices don't receive them or don't reply.

    It's kind of similar in principle to how the firewall in a modem-router should be set to not send incoming ping requests from the WAN to a PC on the LAN. It receives a constant storm of them from hackers on the internet and just drops them. You should set it to not send a return ping, so your LAN is invisible to hackers or seems to be switched off.

    Or if you set the router's firewall to allow incoming pings through to the PC, but set the PC itself not to reply, that doesn't worry the router either. There is lots of junk you don't reply to.

    Handshaking attempts are the only thing that would be sent in either direction, between their machines and mine, and it's very common for them to be dropped if there is no apparent destination, or if the intermediary device is instructed to drop them all.
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