Wifi encryption type?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jent, Jul 21, 2012.

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    jent

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    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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    LostSoul80

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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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    SandboxGeneral

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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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    swiftaw

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    If those are your only options you want to go with WPA-PSK.
     
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    jent

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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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    SandboxGeneral

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    Yes, WPA2 is better, but WPA is good too. From Wikipedia:

     
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    wackymacky

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    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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