Friday, 25 November 2016

Change of network's WEP encryption key

How can I change my network's WEP encryption key?

WEP or Wireless Encryption Protocol was the initial encryption method offered on wireless network.

It was more like a joke as hackers could easily break into your wireless network within 30 minutes. If you are still using WEP encryption, it is time to smell the coffee. You need to change your network’s WEP encryption key into WPA or WPA2-Personal. If these options are not available on your router, you should immediately upgrade the firmware or invest in a new router.

Let us have a look at the process for changing network’s WEP encryption key.

Securing Your Network with WPA/WPA2 from WEP Encryption Key

The latest routers provide high connection speeds as well as comply with the 802.11n security standards. These routers have WEP, WPA and WPA2 as encryption options. WEP is the weakest form of encryption method for any network. If you wish to change the WEP encryption key, you need to do the following:

  • Enter the default IP address in your browser’s address bar.
  • Enter the login details, that is, default username and password
  • Once you gain access, go to Wireless, Wireless Setup or Advanced Security Settings.
  • Look for Security Mode and from the dropdown list, select WPA-PSK or WPA2-Personal or WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode.
  • Enter the Passphrase that is at least 8 characters long and contain uppercase and lowercase letters along with numbers and special characters.
  • Click on Save Settings.

In this way, you can change your WEP encryption key into a more secure and protected encryption key for your network.

WPA2 or WPA Encryption

What compatibility issues should I consider before using WPA2 or WPA encryption?

A wireless network is protected by enabling the router’s built-in encryption option. When we talk of encryption, it means that the wireless signals are scrambled. This discourages unauthorized computers, devices as well as nosy neighbors from stealing your bandwidth. Devices that try to connect cannot understand the scrambled signals transmitted from the encrypted wireless network.

WEP, WPA and WPA2 are the different types of encryption that are available on a router. However, many devices may face some compatibility issues when choosing either of the encryption types. Let us see what compatibility issues you should consider before using WPA2 or WPA encryption.

Compatibility Problems When Selecting WPA2 or WPA Encryption

Wireless devices that are connected to the home network should be compatible with the type of encryption set.

Many of the older devices are not compatible with the advanced WPA2 encryption. In this case, you need to select WPA or WEP encryption.

WPA can offer strong protection to some extent. However, if you are forced to use WEP encryption, it is better to go in for an upgradation of your firmware or device. This is because WEP offers the weakest form of encryption protection. Thus, making your network fall prey to hackers and unauthorized access.