Still not secured?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by =?Utf-8?B?TGFyYWJlbGxl?=, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. Hi, we've set up a wireless home network using a USB device, and it was
    really easy... but when I connect my laptop on the network, the name of our
    network pops up in the bottom taskbar, but it says in brackets that it's
    unsecured. When I look at the available networks, it also clearly says that
    our network is unsecured.

    I went to the desktop computer and checked our wireless network settings and
    it says the following:
    Network Name (SSID): [our personlised network name]
    Network key (WEP/WPA key): [long alpha numeric string]
    Key Provided automatically (802.1x): 0
    Network Authentication type: open
    Data Encryption type: WEP
    Connection type: ESS
    Key index:

    So it looks like we have at least WEP encryption enabled...or do we? Will
    our network be accessable by the neighbors? What's the step that we've
    missed to secure the network properly?

    Any help is very much welcomed!
    =?Utf-8?B?TGFyYWJlbGxl?=, Aug 23, 2007
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  2. Hi
    If your neighbors are not geeks that know how to Hack WEP you are somewhat
    secure with WEP.
    From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
    No Security
    MAC______(Band Aid if nothing else is available).
    WEP64____(Easy, to "Brake" by knowledgeable people).
    WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
    WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Brake ).
    WPA-AES__(Not functionally Breakable)
    WPA2____ (Not functionally Breakable).
    Note 1: WPA-AES the the current entry level rendition of WPA2.
    Note 2: If you use WinXP and did not updated it you would have to download
    the WPA2 patch from Microsoft. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/893357
    The documentation of your Wireless devices (Wireless Router, and Wireless
    Computer's Card) should state the type of security that is available with
    your Wireless hardware.
    All devices MUST be set to the same security level using the same pass
    phrase.
    Therefore the security must be set according what ever is the best possible
    of one of the Wireless devices.
    I.e. even if most of your system might be capable to be configured to the
    max. with WPA2, but one device is only capable to be configured to max . of
    WEP, to whole system must be configured to WEP.
    If you need more good security and one device (like a Wireless card that can
    do WEP only) is holding better security for the whole Network, replace the
    device with a better one.
    Setting Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    The Core differences between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 -
    http://www.ezlan.net/wpa_wep.html
    Jack (MVP-Networking).

    "Larabelle" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi, we've set up a wireless home network using a USB device, and it was
    > really easy... but when I connect my laptop on the network, the name of
    > our
    > network pops up in the bottom taskbar, but it says in brackets that it's
    > unsecured. When I look at the available networks, it also clearly says
    > that
    > our network is unsecured.
    >
    > I went to the desktop computer and checked our wireless network settings
    > and
    > it says the following:
    > Network Name (SSID): [our personlised network name]
    > Network key (WEP/WPA key): [long alpha numeric string]
    > Key Provided automatically (802.1x): 0
    > Network Authentication type: open
    > Data Encryption type: WEP
    > Connection type: ESS
    > Key index:
    >
    > So it looks like we have at least WEP encryption enabled...or do we? Will
    > our network be accessable by the neighbors? What's the step that we've
    > missed to secure the network properly?
    >
    > Any help is very much welcomed!
    Jack \(MVP-Networking\)., Aug 23, 2007
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  3. =?Utf-8?B?TGFyYWJlbGxl?=

    maxtaurus1 Guest

    "Jack (MVP-Networking)." wrote:

    > Hi
    > If your neighbors are not geeks that know how to Hack WEP you are somewhat
    > secure with WEP.
    > From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
    > No Security
    > MAC______(Band Aid if nothing else is available).
    > WEP64____(Easy, to "Brake" by knowledgeable people).
    > WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
    > WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Brake ).
    > WPA-AES__(Not functionally Breakable)
    > WPA2____ (Not functionally Breakable).
    > Note 1: WPA-AES the the current entry level rendition of WPA2.
    > Note 2: If you use WinXP and did not updated it you would have to download
    > the WPA2 patch from Microsoft. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/893357
    > The documentation of your Wireless devices (Wireless Router, and Wireless
    > Computer's Card) should state the type of security that is available with
    > your Wireless hardware.
    > All devices MUST be set to the same security level using the same pass
    > phrase.
    > Therefore the security must be set according what ever is the best possible
    > of one of the Wireless devices.
    > I.e. even if most of your system might be capable to be configured to the
    > max. with WPA2, but one device is only capable to be configured to max . of
    > WEP, to whole system must be configured to WEP.
    > If you need more good security and one device (like a Wireless card that can
    > do WEP only) is holding better security for the whole Network, replace the
    > device with a better one.
    > Setting Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    > The Core differences between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 -
    > http://www.ezlan.net/wpa_wep.html
    > Jack (MVP-Networking).
    >
    > "Larabelle" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Hi, we've set up a wireless home network using a USB device, and it was
    > > really easy... but when I connect my laptop on the network, the name of
    > > our
    > > network pops up in the bottom taskbar, but it says in brackets that it's
    > > unsecured. When I look at the available networks, it also clearly says
    > > that
    > > our network is unsecured.
    > >
    > > I went to the desktop computer and checked our wireless network settings
    > > and
    > > it says the following:
    > > Network Name (SSID): [our personlised network name]
    > > Network key (WEP/WPA key): [long alpha numeric string]
    > > Key Provided automatically (802.1x): 0
    > > Network Authentication type: open
    > > Data Encryption type: WEP
    > > Connection type: ESS
    > > Key index:
    > >
    > > So it looks like we have at least WEP encryption enabled...or do we? Will
    > > our network be accessable by the neighbors? What's the step that we've
    > > missed to secure the network properly?
    > >
    > > Any help is very much welcomed!

    >
    >
    maxtaurus1, Dec 21, 2008
    #3
  4. =?Utf-8?B?TGFyYWJlbGxl?=

    maxtaurus1 Guest

    "Larabelle" wrote:

    > Hi, we've set up a wireless home network using a USB device, and it was
    > really easy... but when I connect my laptop on the network, the name of our
    > network pops up in the bottom taskbar, but it says in brackets that it's
    > unsecured. When I look at the available networks, it also clearly says that
    > our network is unsecured.
    >
    > I went to the desktop computer and checked our wireless network settings and
    > it says the following:
    > Network Name (SSID): [our personlised network name]
    > Network key (WEP/WPA key): [long alpha numeric string]
    > Key Provided automatically (802.1x): 0
    > Network Authentication type: open
    > Data Encryption type: WEP
    > Connection type: ESS
    > Key index:
    >
    > So it looks like we have at least WEP encryption enabled...or do we? Will
    > our network be accessable by the neighbors? What's the step that we've
    > missed to secure the network properly?
    >
    > Any help is very much welcomed!
    maxtaurus1, Dec 21, 2008
    #4
  5. =?Utf-8?B?TGFyYWJlbGxl?=

    maxtaurus1 Guest

    "Jack (MVP-Networking)." wrote:

    > Hi
    > If your neighbors are not geeks that know how to Hack WEP you are somewhat
    > secure with WEP.
    > From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
    > No Security
    > MAC______(Band Aid if nothing else is available).
    > WEP64____(Easy, to "Brake" by knowledgeable people).
    > WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
    > WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Brake ).
    > WPA-AES__(Not functionally Breakable)
    > WPA2____ (Not functionally Breakable).
    > Note 1: WPA-AES the the current entry level rendition of WPA2.
    > Note 2: If you use WinXP and did not updated it you would have to download
    > the WPA2 patch from Microsoft. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/893357
    > The documentation of your Wireless devices (Wireless Router, and Wireless
    > Computer's Card) should state the type of security that is available with
    > your Wireless hardware.
    > All devices MUST be set to the same security level using the same pass
    > phrase.
    > Therefore the security must be set according what ever is the best possible
    > of one of the Wireless devices.
    > I.e. even if most of your system might be capable to be configured to the
    > max. with WPA2, but one device is only capable to be configured to max . of
    > WEP, to whole system must be configured to WEP.
    > If you need more good security and one device (like a Wireless card that can
    > do WEP only) is holding better security for the whole Network, replace the
    > device with a better one.
    > Setting Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    > The Core differences between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 -
    > http://www.ezlan.net/wpa_wep.html
    > Jack (MVP-Networking).
    >
    > "Larabelle" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Hi, we've set up a wireless home network using a USB device, and it was
    > > really easy... but when I connect my laptop on the network, the name of
    > > our
    > > network pops up in the bottom taskbar, but it says in brackets that it's
    > > unsecured. When I look at the available networks, it also clearly says
    > > that
    > > our network is unsecured.
    > >
    > > I went to the desktop computer and checked our wireless network settings
    > > and
    > > it says the following:
    > > Network Name (SSID): [our personlised network name]
    > > Network key (WEP/WPA key): [long alpha numeric string]
    > > Key Provided automatically (802.1x): 0
    > > Network Authentication type: open
    > > Data Encryption type: WEP
    > > Connection type: ESS
    > > Key index:
    > >
    > > So it looks like we have at least WEP encryption enabled...or do we? Will
    > > our network be accessable by the neighbors? What's the step that we've
    > > missed to secure the network properly?
    > >
    > > Any help is very much welcomed!

    >
    >
    maxtaurus1, Dec 21, 2008
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