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Home Network Router Security Secrets

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  • Date: Apr 7, 2006.

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Ever delve inside your home network routers and use the hidden security settings that can lock down a network nice and tight? Most people never do. Andy Walker reveals 10 secrets on how to easily access your router's security settings.

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9. Engage WEP

WEP is short for Wired Equivalent Privacy. It can be used to scramble the data that moves over your wireless network. To enable WEP, click the Home button, then the Wireless button. From the Security pull-down, choose WEP (see Figure 10). Then enter a series of numbers and letters between 0 and 9 and A to F. For a 64-bit key, enter 10 characters (see Figure 11). For a 128-bit key, enter 26 characters. When you attempt to connect a computer wirelessly to your router, you’ll be required to enter this key again when prompted by your computer.

Figure 10

Figure 10 WEP is turned off by default, so to use it you’ll have to activate it.

Figure 11

Figure 11 When you activate WEP, you’ll need to invent a customized security key which is a series of hexadecimal characters.

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