Securing a residential network requires more than merely selecting good hardware and using strong passwords, it
involves taking a comprehensive approach to ensuring that all possible attack vectors have been considered.
Hackers and people who wish to harm others are very creative, and there can be no comprehensive list of all attack
vectors or protection strategies, as network security is an ever-changing axiom. This document will provide a highlevel
overview of the various components that local area networks (LANs) are comprised of, the role each plays in
securing the network, and a look at many of the technologies using the network in today’s connected residences,
along with potential weaknesses and vulnerabilities.