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Setting-Up 152-Bit WEP Wireless Security on a Linksys Dual-Band A+G Wireless Router
How do I set up 152-Bit WEP on a Linksys Dual-Band A+G Wireless Router?
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) can be a 64-bit key with 10 hexadecimal digits, a 128-bit WEP key with 26 hexadecimal digits or a 152-bit WEP key with 32 hexadecimal digits. This encryption will prevent other users from connecting to a wireless network using your own WEP key. It will also protect your wireless transmissions/communications from being accessed or received by other users.
NOTE: Make sure to change the wireless settings of either Wireless-A or Wireless-G depending on the standard your network is using.
152-bit WEP key only applies to 5GHz 802.11a Wireless enabled network.
To setup WEP Wireless Security on your Linksys router follow the steps below.
Setting-Up the Linksys Router to use WEP
Access the router’s web-based setup page. For instructions, click here.
When the router’s web-based setup page appears, click Wireless then click WirelessSecurity.
Look for SecurityMode and select WEP.
For Wireless-A Settings:
For Wireless-G Settings:
NOTE: If the screen on your router’s web-based setup page looks different, click here.
Look for the Encryption drop down menu and select 152 bits.
Look for Passphrase and type a wireless network password of your choice, then click Generate. In this example “MySecretKey” was used.
NOTE: You should come up with a password that is unique for your network and is a combination of numbers and letters up to 16 characters.
When you click Generate, the result will be a string of random characters.
Look for TXKey and select any number to determine which key you’ll be using. In this example, we selected 1.
Copy Key1 since 1 was selected under TX Key.
NOTE: Do not give this key to anyone. This will be your wireless network’s key.
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Access the router's web-based setup page by opening a web browser. On the Address bar, enter your router's local IP address then press [Enter].
NOTE: The default IP Address of Linksys routers is "192.168.1.1". For instructions on accessing the web-based setup page using a Mac computer, click here.
When the login prompt appears, enter your router's Username and Password.
NOTE: The default password is "admin" and
the Username field is left blank. If you have set a password before
but forgot it, you need to reset the device. For instructions on how to
reset a Linksys router, click here.
On the Setup page, click the Wireless > Wireless Security.
NOTE: If some of the tabs are missing in the web-based setup page, upgrade the firmware of your router. For instructions, click here. You can also set the wireless security of your Linksys E-Series routers with Cisco Connect. To learn how, click here.
On the Wireless Security sub-tab, there are various wireless security options that you can choose from.
However, as mentioned earlier, the three most commonly used security modes are WEP, WPA Personal (or WPA Pre-Shared Key), and WPA2 Personal. The instructions below will show you how to set up the following security modes. On the other hand, the WPA2/WPA Enterprise Mixed Mode, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Enterprise, and RADIUS security modes will only work if the router is connected to a RADIUS server.
Setting-Up the Wireless Security
WEP can be a 64-bit key with 10 hexadecimal digits or a 128-bit key with 26
hexadecimal digits. This encryption will prevent other users from
connecting to your wireless network. It will also protect your wireless
transmissions from being accessed by other users.
NOTE: In case the screen on your router's web-based setup page looks different, click here.
On Security Mode, select WEP.
Under WEP Encryption, select 40 / 64-bit (10 hex digits) and enter a unique word in the Passphrase field.
NOTE: The 128-bit key uses a higher
level of encryption compared to the 64 bit WEP. It uses a 104 bit (26
Click the Generate button and copy the string of letters and numbers displayed in the space provided for Key 1. The Key 1 contains the wireless password.
NOTE: You can also create your own Wireless Password (Key 1) given that it is in hexadecimal format. The hexadecimal system consists of the characters 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,A,B,C,D,E, and F. You can only choose 10 characters (in any given order) from that set.
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a
Wi-Fi standard designed to improve the security features of WEP. WPA is
stronger than WEP encryption. PSK and PSK2, the two types of WPA, give
you a choice between two encryption methods: the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), which incorporates Message Integrity Code (MIC) to provide protection against hackers, and Advanced Encryption System (AES), which utilizes a symmetric 128-Bit block data encryption.
NOTE: For older versions of Linksys routers, WPA Personal is also referred to as WPA Pre-Shared Key. Refer to the image below for an example.
To set up WPA Personal on a Linksys router, follow the steps below:
On Security Mode, select WPA Personal.
NOTE: If you are unable to find the WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal in
the list of choices for the Security Mode then you might need to
upgrade the firmware of your router to its latest version. Upgrading
the firmware can fix the bugs of the previous version and update its
Enter your Passphrase.
NOTE: The Passphrase must consist of at least eight characters and is case-sensitive.
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