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Old Jul 21, 2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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Wifi encryption type?

My dad asked me to update the wifi password at his business, as it is very long and he wants a custom password so the employees can easily access the network. If I recall correctly, the only business devices that connect to the network are two Macs—everything else is just employee smartphones.

It's a Motorola Netopia 3000 wifi router and it's currently set to "WEP - Manual." Which is the best wifi network encryption method, and can I set a custom password with it? Thanks!

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I should add that my options are:

WEP - Automatic
WEP - Manual
WPA - 802.1x
WPA - PSK
OFF - No Privacy
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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You can set a manual password with every encryption of course, if the router allows you to. I'd tend to avoid WEP, as it's easily crackable, and choose WPA. 8 characters is the minimum password length.
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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WPA or WPA2 with AES encryption is all I ever use. I also use 64-character pseudo-random generated passwords with maximum entropy. You can use a secure password generator here. Never, ever use WEP. It can be cracked in less than 60 seconds. I don't know why manufacturers still include this horrible protocol.
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If those are your only options you want to go with WPA-PSK.
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 03:45 PM   #5
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WPA2 is better than WPA, no? And WPA2 has been around for a while, right? I'm wondering how old this wifi router is if it doesn't even have WPA2 as an option.
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WPA2 is better than WPA, no? And WPA2 has been around for a while, right? I'm wondering how old this wifi router is if it doesn't even have WPA2 as an option.
Yes, WPA2 is better, but WPA is good too. From Wikipedia:

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WPA (sometimes referred to as the draft IEEE 802.11i standard) became available in 2003 and was intended as an intermediate measure in anticipation of the availability of the more secure and complex WPA2. WPA2 became available in 2004 and is a common shorthand for the full IEEE 802.11i (or IEEE 802.11i-2004) standard.
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Old Jul 22, 2012, 04:40 AM   #7
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If those are your only options you want to go with WPA-PSK.
True since they are your only options. WEP is not considered secure.

You should consider getting a router that has WPA2
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