Wireless WEP for Windows® XP
What is WEP and what are its uses?
Now-a-days, wireless network is most common. Since the use of wireless security increases, you need to provide better security to this network in your system. The security depends on the type of wireless network used in your system. Even this offers many benefits than most of other networks; still this has many security issues. Hackers can access the systems connected to wireless connection easily and they can access private data from those systems. There are various techniques available today to provide security to wireless network. WEP is such a security method designed for wireless network. This is a security protocol designed for wireless local area networks.
Following are the important points related to WEP in Windows 7:
- Uses of WEP
- Tips to use WEP
WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy. This is a security method for wireless networks which offers data security through encryption. This contains three techniques; off state, 64-bit and 128-bit. In off state, you will never get any security and in 64-bit, the security will be low. 128-bit state offers best security for your wireless security. If you are working with off state, then any other neighbors can enter in to your system and use your system.
Uses of WEP
Wired Equivalent privacy as the name implies is used to provide security for your wireless security. This uses two methods of authentication; open system authentication and shared system authentication. In open source authentication, there is no need to provide any security credentials to access point. The client itself can authenticate any of the access keys and thus the data will be encrypted after all these authentications. In shared key authentication, the key is must to access authentication. Thus, the user can access different levels of security through WEP.
To start WEP, you need to connect Ethernet cable to the system. After this, you need to enter IP address of router. The default name and password is to be entered into the specific location when prompted to login to the system. The 'wireless settings' option is to be selected in the window and you need to select the security that you wish to choose. To save all these settings, you need to select 'Apply' option after completing all the settings.
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