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. 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.
    Brian Morrison, Feb 7, 2004
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  3. 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
  4. ¬Stephen Hammond

    Ian Stirling Guest

    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
  5. ¬Stephen Hammond

    Gordon Brown Guest

    It means "Worthless Encryption Protocol".
    Gordon Brown, Feb 8, 2004
  6. 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 :-(
    Mr. M.J. Lush, Feb 12, 2004
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