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Setting-up 128-bit WEP wireless security on a Linksys access point

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a security protocol designed for Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN).  It can either be a 64-bit key with 10 hexadecimal digits or a 128-bit WEP key with 26 hexadecimal digits.  This encryption will prevent other users from connecting to your Wi-Fi and protect your wireless transmissions / communications from being accessed or received by other users.

To setup WEP wireless security on your Linksys access point, perform the following steps:

Step 1:
Access the wireless access point’s web-based setup page.
  For instructions, click here.

QUICK TIP:  If you are using a Mac® computer, click here.

Step 2:
In the Wireless Security section, select Enable.  Then, click the Edit Security Settings button.

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Step 3:
A pop-up window will appear, click OK.


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Step 4:
On the
Security Mode, select WEP and select your access point's Default Transmit Key.  In this example, 1 is selected.

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Step 5:
Under the WEP Encryption, click the drop-down menu and select 128 bits 26 hex digits.


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Step 6:
If you want the access point to generate a password, look for the Passphrase field and type a unique word.  Then, click the Generate button.  In this example, mySecretKey is used.


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Step 7:
This will generate or display a string of random characters in Key 1.  Copy Key 1 correctly since it was selected as the Default Transmit Key.

Step 8:
Click Save Settings.

You have now set up a 128-bit WEP wireless security on your Linksys access point.


Related Article:

Setting-Up 64-Bit WEP Wireless Security on an Access Point



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