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Common Networking Guidelines

Note: All Anonabox devices need an Internet access point. That is, they can not access the Internet by themselves. As such they are complementary products to existing networks. We are going to quickly outline three common networking scenarios.

Public WiFi Use (not applicable for Original)

The Anonabox was built with portability in mind. It’s very lightwight and discrete making it perfect for use on public WiFi networks. In these cases, networking will look like this:

Public WiFi → Anonabox → Computer/Internet Device

To set up the Anonabox, you can connect to the Anonabox LAN wirelessly or wired. This is outlined in Step 1 in the USER MANUAL as Option 1 for wired, and Option 2 for wireless. By nature, Step 4 will be wireless since you’re using a public WiFi network.

We recommend using both Tor and VPN as outlined in the manual for optimum privacy when on public networks.

Note that open networks that require authentication via a captive portal, splash page or other means may present some connectivity and privacy issues. Generally, there networks require browser cache to certify yourself or otherwise authenticate your connection. You usually will need to do this prior to setting up and configuring the Anonabox and enabling browser cache presents some privacy issues, so do be advised that these type of networks are not the most advisable scenario for those seeking privacy, though clearly using an Anonabox is a better option that not.

Some additional and very important reading about being portable with the Anonabox can be found in this BLOG

Home Use - Maintaining a ‘Normal’ Internet Access Point.

Note: For wired or wireless variations, follow the appropriate steps in the USER MANUAL. For our purposes here, we will be looking at two different network flows and what their advantages are.

Most home routers on the market today are actually modem router combos. As such, this networking flow will be the most common as other networking options wont exist unless other equipment is procured. This again is due to the fact that the Anonabox will need an access point and your modem and router functions will be integrated within a single unit in most cases.

Do note, that for those with separate modem and router devices, then general flow will remain the same. The difference is there will be an extra connection between the modem and router devices. Network flow will look like this:

ISP → Modem/Router → (WAN)Anonabox(LAN) → Computer/Internet Devices (one wired or multiple wireless)

Advantages to this network flow is that the modem/router unit remains as an access point. This allows users to configure the Anonabox and leverage it when privacy is most important and then switch back to a ‘normal’ internet when privacy is no longer a top priority. This avoids the need to reconfigure the Anonabox every time you want to access the internet under unprotected conditions.

Home Use - Leveraging Existing Network Connections (Multiple Wired LAN connections)

Particularly in instances where you maintain several wired connections from your current router to your internet devices, you may find that using your existing router as the primary access point, while also leveraging the Anonabox privacy, is desired. In this instance the Anoanbox and the existing router both leverage the configurations on the Anonabox and a ‘normal’ Internet access point is not maintained. This allows you to leave all existing connections from your current router in place and then protect these connections when the Anonabox is configured to employ its privacy features.

This is the only networking flow that allows for multiple protected wired connections downstream from the Anonabox as the Anonabox only has a single LAN Ethernet port.

Because the Anonabox will need an access point, deploying this network configuration will require either a stand alone modem or a second modem/router unit that acts as the initial access point for the network. If you only have a single modem/router unit, we’d recommend purchasing a simple modem that will work with your ISP and provide the needed access point.

You can still leverage the wireless connectivity capacity to and from the Anonabox, but in these instances, we’re going to assume that you’ll be using Ethernet cables for all network connections. This means you’ll follow Option 1 in Step 1 and Step 4 in the user manual. Network flow will look like this:

ISP → Modem (or modem/router) → (WAN)Anonabox(LAN) → Router (or modem/router) → Internet devices (multiple wired)

Do be advised that because you do not maintain a ‘normal’ access point any use-case that demands the removal of the Anonabox privacy setting will require you to access the Anonabox UI and turn off these functions. This will expose your other networked devices and doesn’t safe guard you for instances where you forget to reapply the Anonabox configurations. So we recommend this type of configuration only in instances where constant privacy is desired and/or in instances where the wired connection requirements to the router outweigh any inconvenience of reconfiguration the Anonabox.

Also note that the hybrid network flow where a normal access point would be maintained while also providing capacity for multiple wired connections is already noted in the above network diagram. If for instance, the network flow looked as follows, you’d maintain access points in front and behind of the Anonabox, thus giving you a normal, as well as, a protected access point.

ISP → Modem/Router → (WAN)Anonabox(LAN) → Router (or modem/router) → Internet devices (multiple wired)

When networking this way, you may wish ti disable the Anonabox WiFi all together. We have a separate WIKI just for that, check it out.

Other Network Ideas

There are quite a number of different network configurations that you can ultimately employ. You can use additional Anonaboxes as a means of network range extension by leveraging the wireless connectivity ability of the Anonabox. You could also employ any number of switches or routers to give you the right mix of wired options with or without the protection of the Anonabox. If you have a specific use-case in mind, or have questions, email us at info@anonabox.com. We’ll gladly help in any way that we can.