Setting-Up Wireless Security on an Access Point
Setting up wireless security is the easiest way to prevent other people from using your wireless internet connection. This can be done by performing one of the following:
• Enabling WEP or WPA on the Access Point
• Enabling Wireless MAC Filter on the Access Point
• Disabling SSID Broadcast on the Access Point
Enabling WEP on the Access Point
Wired Equivalent Protocol (WEP) is either a 64-bit key with 10 hexadecimal digits or a 128-bit key with 26 hexadecimal digits. This encryption will prevent other users from connecting to your wireless network using your own WEP key. It will also protect your wireless transmissions/communications from being accessed or received by other users. There are two types of WEP you can choose from:
• WEP 64-bit: This type of WEP consists of 10-hexadecimal codes. To know how to enable WEP 64-bit, click here.
• WEP 128-bit: This type of WEP consists of 26-hexadecimal codes hence it is more secured compared to WEP 64-bit.
Enabling WPA on the Access Point
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a type of wireless security which is dynamic in nature. It changes depending on the time renewal you will specify. Hence, WPA is more secured compared to WEP. To know how to enable WPA, click here.
• Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (WPA-TKIP) – utilizes a stronger encryption method and incorporates Message Integrity Code (MIC) to provide protection against hackers.
• Advanced Encryption System (WPA-AES) – utilizes a symmetric 128-bit block data encryption.
Enabling Wireless MAC Filter on the Access Point
Wireless access can be filtered using the MAC addresses of the wireless devices transmitting within your network’s radius. You can either permit or prevent specific wireless computers access to your wireless network.
To permit wireless computers to connect to your wireless network, click here.
Disabling SSID Broadcast on the Access Point
Disabling the SSID broadcast is one way of securing your wireless network. This procedure will prevent other users from detecting your SSID, or your wireless network name, when they attempt to view available wireless networks in your area.