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Wireless Network Authentication Types

Wireless encryption and authentication is the heart of wireless router security and Wireless routers support multiple wireless encryption and authentication methods. Better the wireless encryption and authentication technology, the more difficult a hacker will find authenticating and unscrambling the encrypted data. When you assign your wireless router with a key and assign an encryption method, it will scramble the data and only a laptop with the same key can unscramble that data. This would ensure a hacker can not access the data. You have to use the strongest wireless encryption and authentication method your router supports, Find below different options available in this topic. Wireless LAN (WLAN) Authentication Types: Open: An open system is a system that does not require authentication. Any station can join the network without authentication. Shared Key: In Shared Key, the WEP key is used for the authentication. However, this procedure is not recommended, because it […]

Wireless Network Encryption Types

There are various encryption types to ensure that no unauthorized person can read the data packets that are exchanged in a wireless network or gain access to the network. Wireless LAN (WLAN) Encryption Types:  WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy): WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy. WEP standard uses of the RC4 encryption algorithm, originally with a key length of 40 bits, later also with 104 bits. Often, the length is declared as 64 bits or 128 bits, depending on whether the 24 bits of the initialization vector are included or not. WEP is a weak wireless encryption protocol and easy to crack. It has holes that are easily exploitable by even a novice attacker. However if this is only option you have, then do use this. WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access): WPA was created to improve on or replace the flawed WEP encryption. WPA provides much stronger encryption than WEP and addresses a number of WEP weaknesses. […]

How to enable Wireless Network Security on Wireless Router

I covered some tips on wireless network security. Wireless network security is important Use the following recommendations for additional security on your wireless networks. Read and implement them in your wireless network. Change the Default Username and password on Wireless Router: This is the first task you must do to better secure your wireless router. If you have a router or access point, you probably used a default name and password to configure the device. Factory default username and password must be changed when you start to configure the router. Those username and password are known publicly, so don’t leave it as default setting. For more details, download some router manuals from vendor website, you would be able to find all these information. Most of the manufacturers use the same default name and password for all of their equipment. Find below some examples of default username and password of wireless […]