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What's the difference between WEP and WPA? What should I pick?

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WEP is a weak securtiy protocol that is outdated and can be easily broken

WPA is a newer security protocol that is much harder to break with AES encryption

WPA is always recommended mode for operation over WEP.

Use WPA2 which is latest version if it is supported by device.

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Hi,

Welcome to Fixya. WPA provides stronger wireless security than WEP in your wireless network

What is WPA?

WiFi Protected Access (WPA)
is the new security standard adopted by the WiFi Alliance consortium. WiFi compliance ensures interoperability between different manufacturer's equipment.
WPA delivers a level of security way beyond anything that WEP can offer, bridges the gap between WEP and 802.11i networks, and has the advantage that the firmware in older equipment may be upgradeable.

How does WPA work?

WPA uses Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP). TKIP is designed to allow WEP to be upgraded. This means that all the main building blocks of WEP are present, but corrective measures have been added to address security problems.

WPA (TKIP) is a great solution, providing much stronger security than WEP, addressing all the weaknesses and allowing compatibility and upgrades with older equipment.

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WEP is a very early attempt at wireless security. WPA is WEP's successor. Use WPA, WPA2 if possible.
WEP will broadcast the SSID and key in clear text at certain intervals making it very easy for an attacker to hack your wi-fi in under 60 seconds. This is possible even if you have SSID broadcasting disabled.

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WEP is an older wireless standard and harder to setup. It is used by older computers to attach to wireless devices. WPA is the new standard and has better encryption. WPA will let to select the password that you would like to use so that when the computer connects to the router, all that you have to enter is the password.

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