using wireless router default encryption keys, dangerous?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by none, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. none

    none Guest

    Hi, I would like to know if it's dangerous to use the default
    encryptions keys from a wireless modem/router without using your own
    passphrase to generate the keys. I always thought that the default keys

    were randomly generated at manufacturing time so I thought that they
    could be used without any security risks. Is it the case? or are the
    default keys exactly the same in all routers of the same model?

    Thanks in advance
    none, Mar 2, 2006
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  2. none

    Malke Guest

    none wrote:

    > Hi, I would like to know if it's dangerous to use the default
    > encryptions keys from a wireless modem/router without using your own
    > passphrase to generate the keys. I always thought that the default
    > keys
    >
    > were randomly generated at manufacturing time so I thought that they
    > could be used without any security risks. Is it the case? or are the
    > default keys exactly the same in all routers of the same model?
    >
    > Thanks in advance


    I've not seen any routers that *had* default encryption keys. The
    routers I've set up all have had encryption disabled as default. Of
    course, I haven't worked with all brands of routers, basically just
    D-Link, Linksys, Belkin, and some Buffalo ones. If you've got a router
    that does enable encryption and a key as default, I would not suggest
    using default settings, just as you shouldn't use the default SSID.

    Malke
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    Malke, Mar 2, 2006
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  3. none

    Mike Fields Guest

    "Malke" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > none wrote:
    >
    >> Hi, I would like to know if it's dangerous to use the default
    >> encryptions keys from a wireless modem/router without using your own
    >> passphrase to generate the keys. I always thought that the default
    >> keys
    >>
    >> were randomly generated at manufacturing time so I thought that they
    >> could be used without any security risks. Is it the case? or are the
    >> default keys exactly the same in all routers of the same model?
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance

    >
    > I've not seen any routers that *had* default encryption keys. The
    > routers I've set up all have had encryption disabled as default. Of
    > course, I haven't worked with all brands of routers, basically just
    > D-Link, Linksys, Belkin, and some Buffalo ones. If you've got a router
    > that does enable encryption and a key as default, I would not suggest
    > using default settings, just as you shouldn't use the default SSID.
    >
    > Malke
    > --


    So how is someone driving by supposed to get into
    the network if you change the defaults ??? ;-)

    mikey
    Mike Fields, Mar 4, 2006
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