using wireless router default encryption keys, dangerous?

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

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    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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    Malke Guest

    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, Mar 2, 2006
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    Mike Fields Guest

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

    Mike Fields, Mar 4, 2006
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