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- disable WEP
May 11, 2005, 9:01 am
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When I first turned it on, it recognized my wireless network but would
not let me on the internet. In playing with it, I enabled WEP somehow,
but now it asks for a password in order to login. Although I have
entered what I think I set as the password, it still will not connect.
How do I change the the .a and .g network connections in XP so that
they are not secured anymore?
Re: disable WEP
However WEP is so easily crackable nowadays that nobody should still be using
it. It just provides a false sense of security.
If your Access point and clients are fairly recent you should be able to use
WPA (If they are older most vendors should have firmware upgrades to allow WPA
Large organisations would probably want to use this with 802.1x authentication
but that's probably too complicated a setup for most home use (at least until
solutions such as tinypeap become widely available).
For home use you probably want to use WPA-PSK (WPA with pre-shared key).
The pre-shared key is generated by inputting a pass phrase - unfortunately this
makes it vulnerable to a dictionary attack. Hence you should choose a long
complicated pass phrase to generate the pre-shared key (The Wi-Fi alliance
recommends a pass phrase longer than 20 characters - see
(In the above I'm ignoring organisations which only allow VPN connectivity
over their wireless networks).
Security team leader
Re: disable WEP
Assuming the XP side is indeed the problem and not the remote side:
Start -> Connect To -> Show all connections -> right-click on the
connection -> Properties -> Wireless Networks -> in the "Available
networks:" -> "Configure" section or/and the "Preferred networks:" ->
"Properties" section, disable WEP.