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ŽStephen Hammond
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      02-07-2004, 09:52 AM

What does WEP mean on a wireless network ?




 
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      02-07-2004, 11:01 AM
On Sat, 07 Feb 2004 09:52:35 +0000, in article
<c02ch5$lu0$1$(E-Mail Removed)> "ŽStephen Hammond"
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> What does WEP mean on a wireless network ?


Wired Equivalency Protocol.

It is rather basic encryption that is not really up to the job of securing
things in a government defeating way, but is probably good enough for
keeping the neighbours out.

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      02-07-2004, 01:35 PM

"Brian Morrison" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> On Sat, 07 Feb 2004 09:52:35 +0000, in article
> <c02ch5$lu0$1$(E-Mail Removed)> "ŽStephen Hammond"
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> > What does WEP mean on a wireless network ?

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> Wired Equivalency Protocol.
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> It is rather basic encryption that is not really up to the job of securing
> things in a government defeating way, but is probably good enough for
> keeping the neighbours out.
>


Note, utilities like AirSnort can compromise WEP keys in a matter of mintes.
Also, if you implement WEP, network performance will be reduced by anything
from 15% to 50% due to the overhead assosiated with encryption.

There is a new technology called WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) which addresses
these shortcomings.


 
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      02-07-2004, 02:22 PM
PsychicStickleBrick <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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> "Brian Morrison" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>> On Sat, 07 Feb 2004 09:52:35 +0000, in article
>> <c02ch5$lu0$1$(E-Mail Removed)> "?Stephen Hammond"
>> <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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>> > What does WEP mean on a wireless network ?

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>> Wired Equivalency Protocol.
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>> It is rather basic encryption that is not really up to the job of securing
>> things in a government defeating way, but is probably good enough for
>> keeping the neighbours out.
>>

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> Note, utilities like AirSnort can compromise WEP keys in a matter of mintes.
> Also, if you implement WEP, network performance will be reduced by anything
> from 15% to 50% due to the overhead assosiated with encryption.


Only minutes if it's a 802.11G network transferring files.
For typical surfing, it's hours (if fully using a ADSL link) or weeks
(occasional surfing)
 
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      02-08-2004, 03:16 PM
"ŽStephen Hammond" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> What does WEP mean on a wireless network ?


It means "Worthless Encryption Protocol".


 
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      02-12-2004, 02:28 PM
In article <c02ch5$lu0$1$(E-Mail Removed)>,
ŽStephen Hammond <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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>What does WEP mean on a wireless network ?


Locking the gate in a 4 foot high fence. Your asking
people to keep out, if they want to come in they can easily
climb over.

IMHO the biggest risk to home WiFi is not some Black hat in a van
looking to hack the GCHQ but a local teenager looking for a source of
free porn. If your really really unlucky it someone older who likes
their meat younger :-(



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