How important is WEP?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. Im wondering how important it is to use WEP? When I try to set up my router
    with WEP 128 encryption I cannot connect to the internet but I have excellent
    signal strength.When I resetup the router with 'disabled' I can connect to
    the internet.Should I try using another setting?
    Does the firewall on the router along with my 3rd party firewall
    provide enough security?
    Thankyou for answering,Deanoid
    =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=, Sep 11, 2004
    #1
    1. Advertising

  2. =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=

    Tee Guest

    "Deanoid" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Im wondering how important it is to use WEP? When I try to set up my

    router
    > with WEP 128 encryption I cannot connect to the internet but I have

    excellent
    > signal strength.When I resetup the router with 'disabled' I can connect to
    > the internet.Should I try using another setting?
    > Does the firewall on the router along with my 3rd party firewall
    > provide enough security?


    Did you go into the properties of your connection, enable WEP and enter the
    key? Personally I don't find a huge need for WEP in a home user
    environment. I think the double firewall is pretty good protection,
    obviously not as great as WEP enabled, but better than average.

    --
    Tara
    Tee, Sep 11, 2004
    #2
    1. Advertising

  3. =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=

    Jafo Guest

    On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 14:04:54 -0400, Tee posted:

    >Personally I don't find a huge need for WEP in a home user environment.
    >I think the double firewall is pretty good protection, obviously not
    >as great as WEP enabled, but better than average.


    Just ignore the car parked in front of your house with the license
    plate of "SPAMMER". :)
    Jafo, Sep 11, 2004
    #3
  4. =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=

    Jeff Durham Guest

    I think you are confused about the firewall. Wireless is just like having
    someone walk into your house and plug into your LAN. Your main firewall in
    the router only protects you from computers on the internet trying to get
    into your network. Now, if you have a personal firewall on each one of your
    machines, then having WEP to protect by authenticating and encrypting may
    not be important. The difference then is do you allow your neighbors and
    others outside your house free access to your internet connection.

    Jeff


    "Tee" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > "Deanoid" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Im wondering how important it is to use WEP? When I try to set up my

    > router
    >> with WEP 128 encryption I cannot connect to the internet but I have

    > excellent
    >> signal strength.When I resetup the router with 'disabled' I can connect
    >> to
    >> the internet.Should I try using another setting?
    >> Does the firewall on the router along with my 3rd party firewall
    >> provide enough security?

    >
    > Did you go into the properties of your connection, enable WEP and enter
    > the
    > key? Personally I don't find a huge need for WEP in a home user
    > environment. I think the double firewall is pretty good protection,
    > obviously not as great as WEP enabled, but better than average.
    >
    > --
    > Tara
    >
    >
    Jeff Durham, Sep 11, 2004
    #4
  5. =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=

    Jack Guest

    Hi.
    This page lists the basic security measures.
    Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    You can set your system with the simple ones and leave WEP/WPA Off for few
    days.
    If No Body logs On leave it Off and check every few days the status of the
    system..
    Otherwise switch On WPA.
    In order to find out of a "Rouge" computer logged On you can look at the
    DHCP server in your Cable/DSL Router (Access Point), see if there is
    additional unknown IP numbers dished out.
    Jack (MVP-Networking).



    "Deanoid" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Im wondering how important it is to use WEP? When I try to set up my

    router
    > with WEP 128 encryption I cannot connect to the internet but I have

    excellent
    > signal strength.When I resetup the router with 'disabled' I can connect to
    > the internet.Should I try using another setting?
    > Does the firewall on the router along with my 3rd party firewall
    > provide enough security?
    > Thankyou for answering,Deanoid
    Jack, Sep 11, 2004
    #5
  6. =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=

    Tee Guest

    "Jeff Durham" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > I think you are confused about the firewall. Wireless is just like having
    > someone walk into your house and plug into your LAN. Your main firewall

    in
    > the router only protects you from computers on the internet trying to get
    > into your network. Now, if you have a personal firewall on each one of

    your
    > machines, then having WEP to protect by authenticating and encrypting may
    > not be important. The difference then is do you allow your neighbors and
    > others outside your house free access to your internet connection.


    The OP said he has two firewalls, one on the router & a 3rd party program,
    which I assumed to be on his personal computer. IMO that's ok. As I said,
    its not as good as enabling WEP but its better than alot of people do.

    --
    Tara
    Tee, Sep 11, 2004
    #6
  7. =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=

    Tee Guest

    "Jafo" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 14:04:54 -0400, Tee posted:
    >
    > >Personally I don't find a huge need for WEP in a home user environment.
    > >I think the double firewall is pretty good protection, obviously not
    > >as great as WEP enabled, but better than average.

    >
    > Just ignore the car parked in front of your house with the license
    > plate of "SPAMMER". :)


    Not a problem since my signal *barely* reaches my front porch, as in right
    in the area the door swings, and I'm happy with that. Someone, a spammer or
    anyone else, would have to be plastered to my front door or inside my home
    to get my signal. My backyard is privacy fenced but I've also taken both my
    laptops out there to try them. Neighbor on one side cannot see my router
    signal. No neighbor on other side. Please don't assume everyone is a total
    idiot.


    --
    Tara
    Tee, Sep 11, 2004
    #7
  8. Thanks to all for your advice and will try. Deanoid

    "Jack" wrote:

    > Hi.
    > This page lists the basic security measures.
    > Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    > You can set your system with the simple ones and leave WEP/WPA Off for few
    > days.
    > If No Body logs On leave it Off and check every few days the status of the
    > system..
    > Otherwise switch On WPA.
    > In order to find out of a "Rouge" computer logged On you can look at the
    > DHCP server in your Cable/DSL Router (Access Point), see if there is
    > additional unknown IP numbers dished out.
    > Jack (MVP-Networking).
    >
    >
    >
    > "Deanoid" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Im wondering how important it is to use WEP? When I try to set up my

    > router
    > > with WEP 128 encryption I cannot connect to the internet but I have

    > excellent
    > > signal strength.When I resetup the router with 'disabled' I can connect to
    > > the internet.Should I try using another setting?
    > > Does the firewall on the router along with my 3rd party firewall
    > > provide enough security?
    > > Thankyou for answering,Deanoid

    >
    >
    >
    =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=, Sep 11, 2004
    #8
  9. =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=

    TW Guest

    I use a Dlink DI624, and my connection is still good across the street and
    down two houses. I use WEP, not for internet security but think it this
    way- anyone with access to my network will ALSO have access to ANY and ALL
    shares on my network. Sound like a security risk? Use either WEP or WPA-PSK.
    Read everything you can find on the 'net and learn about wireless security.

    "Deanoid" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Thanks to all for your advice and will try. Deanoid
    >
    > "Jack" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi.
    >> This page lists the basic security measures.
    >> Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    >> You can set your system with the simple ones and leave WEP/WPA Off for
    >> few
    >> days.
    >> If No Body logs On leave it Off and check every few days the status of
    >> the
    >> system..
    >> Otherwise switch On WPA.
    >> In order to find out of a "Rouge" computer logged On you can look at the
    >> DHCP server in your Cable/DSL Router (Access Point), see if there is
    >> additional unknown IP numbers dished out.
    >> Jack (MVP-Networking).
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Deanoid" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > Im wondering how important it is to use WEP? When I try to set up my

    >> router
    >> > with WEP 128 encryption I cannot connect to the internet but I have

    >> excellent
    >> > signal strength.When I resetup the router with 'disabled' I can connect
    >> > to
    >> > the internet.Should I try using another setting?
    >> > Does the firewall on the router along with my 3rd party
    >> > firewall
    >> > provide enough security?
    >> > Thankyou for answering,Deanoid

    >>
    >>
    >>
    TW, Sep 14, 2004
    #9
  10. On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 20:08:52 -0500, "TW" <> wrote:

    >I use a Dlink DI624, and my connection is still good across the street and
    >down two houses. I use WEP, not for internet security but think it this
    >way- anyone with access to my network will ALSO have access to ANY and ALL
    >shares on my network. Sound like a security risk? Use either WEP or WPA-PSK.
    >Read everything you can find on the 'net and learn about wireless security.


    That depends on what access restrictions you've put on your shares.
    There is not a single share on my computer with anyone access. Most
    are restricted to two usernames only and some are restricted to just
    one.
    Simon Pleasants, Sep 14, 2004
    #10
  11. I think if you just turn on mac address filtering you should be pretty safe.
    Someone would have to figure out you MAC address to get in your wireless
    nework. So for a normal home user, that is good enough for me.

    "Simon Pleasants" wrote:

    > On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 20:08:52 -0500, "TW" <> wrote:
    >
    > >I use a Dlink DI624, and my connection is still good across the street and
    > >down two houses. I use WEP, not for internet security but think it this
    > >way- anyone with access to my network will ALSO have access to ANY and ALL
    > >shares on my network. Sound like a security risk? Use either WEP or WPA-PSK.
    > >Read everything you can find on the 'net and learn about wireless security.

    >
    > That depends on what access restrictions you've put on your shares.
    > There is not a single share on my computer with anyone access. Most
    > are restricted to two usernames only and some are restricted to just
    > one.
    >
    =?Utf-8?B?a25pZ2h0?=, Nov 21, 2004
    #11
  12. additionally interesting http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/index.php?p=9
    Arkady

    "knight" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I think if you just turn on mac address filtering you should be pretty

    safe.
    > Someone would have to figure out you MAC address to get in your wireless
    > nework. So for a normal home user, that is good enough for me.
    >
    > "Simon Pleasants" wrote:
    >
    > > On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 20:08:52 -0500, "TW" <> wrote:
    > >
    > > >I use a Dlink DI624, and my connection is still good across the street

    and
    > > >down two houses. I use WEP, not for internet security but think it

    this
    > > >way- anyone with access to my network will ALSO have access to ANY and

    ALL
    > > >shares on my network. Sound like a security risk? Use either WEP or

    WPA-PSK.
    > > >Read everything you can find on the 'net and learn about wireless

    security.
    > >
    > > That depends on what access restrictions you've put on your shares.
    > > There is not a single share on my computer with anyone access. Most
    > > are restricted to two usernames only and some are restricted to just
    > > one.
    > >
    Arkady Frenkel, Nov 21, 2004
    #12
  13. =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=

    Jack Guest

    It depends on what you are trying to protect, and your specific environment.
    May be this can Help: http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    Jack (MVP-Networking).


    "knight" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I think if you just turn on mac address filtering you should be pretty

    safe.
    > Someone would have to figure out you MAC address to get in your wireless
    > nework. So for a normal home user, that is good enough for me.
    >
    > "Simon Pleasants" wrote:
    >
    > > On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 20:08:52 -0500, "TW" <> wrote:
    > >
    > > >I use a Dlink DI624, and my connection is still good across the street

    and
    > > >down two houses. I use WEP, not for internet security but think it

    this
    > > >way- anyone with access to my network will ALSO have access to ANY and

    ALL
    > > >shares on my network. Sound like a security risk? Use either WEP or

    WPA-PSK.
    > > >Read everything you can find on the 'net and learn about wireless

    security.
    > >
    > > That depends on what access restrictions you've put on your shares.
    > > There is not a single share on my computer with anyone access. Most
    > > are restricted to two usernames only and some are restricted to just
    > > one.
    > >
    Jack, Nov 22, 2004
    #13
  14. =?Utf-8?B?RGVhbm9pZA==?=

    Jack Guest

    Hi
    May be this can Help:
    Extending Distance: http://www.ezlan.net/Distance.html
    Wireless Bridging: http://www.ezlan.net/bridging.html
    Jack (MVP-Networking).


    "knight" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I think if you just turn on mac address filtering you should be pretty

    safe.
    > Someone would have to figure out you MAC address to get in your wireless
    > nework. So for a normal home user, that is good enough for me.
    >
    > "Simon Pleasants" wrote:
    >
    > > On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 20:08:52 -0500, "TW" <> wrote:
    > >
    > > >I use a Dlink DI624, and my connection is still good across the street

    and
    > > >down two houses. I use WEP, not for internet security but think it

    this
    > > >way- anyone with access to my network will ALSO have access to ANY and

    ALL
    > > >shares on my network. Sound like a security risk? Use either WEP or

    WPA-PSK.
    > > >Read everything you can find on the 'net and learn about wireless

    security.
    > >
    > > That depends on what access restrictions you've put on your shares.
    > > There is not a single share on my computer with anyone access. Most
    > > are restricted to two usernames only and some are restricted to just
    > > one.
    > >
    Jack, Nov 22, 2004
    #14
    1. Advertising

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

It takes just 2 minutes to sign up (and it's free!). Just click the sign up button to choose a username and then you can ask your own questions on the forum.
Similar Threads
  1. 1magic

    Re: windows xp and wep 64bit encryption

    1magic, Jun 17, 2004, in forum: Wireless Networking
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    4,002
    1magic
    Jun 17, 2004
  2. DRK

    WPA or WEP-128bit for Home Wireless?

    DRK, Jun 30, 2004, in forum: Wireless Networking
    Replies:
    13
    Views:
    27,115
    lightmyfire
    Oct 10, 2008
  3. Johnny
    Replies:
    11
    Views:
    3,042
    Cerebrus
    Aug 4, 2006
  4. kharnal
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    618
    Malke
    Jan 11, 2007
  5. ufdragon
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    1,393
    ufdragon
    Mar 30, 2012
Loading...

Share This Page