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Wep Or Wpa Security


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#1 Rittnasty

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:17 AM

I have been using WEP security since I installed my router but it is such a pain to let others on to my network with the hexadecimal password. Also, my roommate has had connectivity issues lately with the router...not sure if this has anything to do with the security settings or if it's just a result of too may networks in my apartment complex overlapping with one another. Anyway, I don't know if switching to a different security type would resolve this...what is the difference between WEP and WPA and which one is more secure? Thanks.
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 12:39 PM

Anyway, I don't know if switching to a different security type would resolve this

Not likely. You are describing hardware problem. Having too many routers in the area shouldn't make any difference either. When one tries to authenticate to a router, the only one that pays attention is the one that the authorization is destined for. It could be a variety of issues causing the problem. I can park my laptop 2 feet from my router, and it sometimes it can't connect.

WPA is more secure. There are tons of web pages that can explain the difference. Try Googling for wep versus wpa.

Does your router support WPA?

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 05:33 PM

WPA is more secure from WEP, i've seen ppl using packet sniffers to get the WEP key and log on to the wireless networks and it works well.

Basicly WPA can't be cracked. at least not easily.
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 10:26 AM

Ok thanks for the advice. Sounds like WPA is the way to go. Also, I tried switching the channel that my router was using from 6 to 11 and my roommate was able to connect to the router...who knows, maybe it was just a coincidence. Anyway, thanks again.
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