What does WEP mean on a wireless network ?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by ¬Stephen Hammond, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. What does WEP mean on a wireless network ?
     
    ¬Stephen Hammond, Feb 7, 2004
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  2. On Sat, 07 Feb 2004 09:52:35 +0000, in article
    <c02ch5$lu0$1$> "¬Stephen Hammond"
    <> wrote:

    >
    > 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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    Brian Morrison

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    Brian Morrison, Feb 7, 2004
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  3. "Brian Morrison" <> wrote in message
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    > On Sat, 07 Feb 2004 09:52:35 +0000, in article
    > <c02ch5$lu0$1$> "¬Stephen Hammond"
    > <> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > 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.
    >


    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.
     
    PsychicStickleBrick, Feb 7, 2004
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  4. ¬Stephen Hammond

    Ian Stirling Guest

    PsychicStickleBrick <> wrote:
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    > "Brian Morrison" <> wrote in message
    > news:p...
    >> On Sat, 07 Feb 2004 09:52:35 +0000, in article
    >> <c02ch5$lu0$1$> "?Stephen Hammond"
    >> <> wrote:
    >>
    >> >
    >> > 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.
    >>

    >
    > 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)
     
    Ian Stirling, Feb 7, 2004
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  5. ¬Stephen Hammond

    Gordon Brown Guest

    "¬Stephen Hammond" <> wrote in message
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    > What does WEP mean on a wireless network ?


    It means "Worthless Encryption Protocol".
     
    Gordon Brown, Feb 8, 2004
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  6. In article <c02ch5$lu0$1$>,
    ¬Stephen Hammond <> wrote:
    >
    >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 :-(



    --

    Michael
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    NPC rights activist | Nameless Abominations are people too.
     
    Mr. M.J. Lush, Feb 12, 2004
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