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Configuring WEP

Note: If you use a wireless computer to configure wireless security settings, you will be disconnected when you click Apply. Reconfigure your wireless computer to match the new settings, or access the modem router from a wired computer to make further changes.

To configure WEP data encryption:

  1. Log in to the modem router at its default LAN address of http://192.168.0.1 with its default user name of admin, and default password of password, or using whatever user name, password, and LAN address you have chosen for the modem router.
  2. From the main menu, select Wireless Settings to display the Wireless Settings screen.
  3. In the Security Options section, select the WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) radio button:

    Figure 2-2

  4. Select the Authentication Type: Automatic, Open System, or Shared Key. The default is Open System.

    Note: The authentication scheme is separate from the data encryption. You can select an authentication scheme that requires a shared key but still leaves the data transmissions unencrypted. If you require strong security, use both the Shared Key and WEP encryption settings.
  5. Select the Encryption Strength setting:
    • WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) 64-bit encryption. Enter 10 hexadecimal digits (any combination of 0-9, a-f, or A-F).
    • WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) 128-bit encryption. Enter 26 hexadecimal digits (any combination of 0-9, a-f, or A-F).
  6. Enter the encryption keys. You can manually or automatically program the four data encryption keys. These values must be identical on all computers and Access Points in your network:
    • Passphrase. To use a passphrase to generate the keys, enter a passphrase, and click Generate. This automatically creates the keys. Wireless stations must use the passphrase or keys to access the modem router.

      Note: Not all wireless adapters support passphrase key generation.
    • Key 1-Key4. These values are not case-sensitive. You can manually enter the four data encryption keys. These values must be identical on all computers and access points in your network. Enter 10 hexadecimal digits (any combination of 0-9, a-f, or A-F).
  7. Select which of the four keys will be the default.
  8. Data transmissions are always encrypted using the default key. The other keys can be used only to decrypt received data. The four entries are disabled if WPA-PSK or WPA authentication is selected.

  9. Click Apply to save your settings.

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