Friday, 25 November 2016

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.

References:

1.https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/internet/fiosinternet/networking/setup/security/124985.htm

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