Wireless Networks & WEP - how to setup?

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  1. Ted Lee

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    hi all -
    i recently setup a wireless network using a HP wireless router. (hn200?). i combined it with a linksys usb adaptor and it works perfectly. setup took like 10 minutes.
    but when i tried to enable WEP (which i'm thinking is a good idea) i ran into some problems.
    i enabled the WEP radio button on the hp software, but the whole thing just shut down. after about 20 minutes i was able to restore the whole setup.
    so, did i do something wrong? i noticed on the WEP configuration a field that had like 16 digits in it. i wasn't sure what that part was about. was i supposed to modify it or something?
    also, i assume i need to do some additional configuration on the linksys adaptor?
    finally, have any of you guys done the MAC filtering thing? or changed your SSID?
    i want to enable some level of security, but i hope to not take too much of a performance hit.
    thx,
    ted
     
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  3. Ted Lee

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    howdy john! [​IMG]
    so, am i supposed to change that 16-digit number? i'll assume there's some way to change it on my linksys thing-a-ma-jig as well? (howz that for technical....)
    what order am i supposed to do it in?
    thx!
     
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    I'm not familiar with how HP and LinkSys implement it, so I can't say for certain. My friend (unfortunately) bought Microsloth's package. On the client, I actually needed to go deep into the configuration settings for the network adapter and enter the code. It took me forever to figure that out because the Microsloth softare would not modify the configuration, even though it was supposed to. What a shock. (The only day that Microsoft makes something that doesn't suck is when they make vacuum cleaners.) I hope that LinkSys' method will be cleaner.

    The code must be entered on the access point first before it is entered in the PC/client configuration since the client will expect to authenticate against that code. It might take a few more moments to establish the communication when using WEP so be patient.
     
  5. Ted Lee

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    thanks john!
    i'll give it a shot and do the access point first.
    btw - on your microsoft setup, did you change (or be required to change) the code?
    thx again for your time! [​IMG]
     
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    cool john. thx again for all your help! [​IMG]
     
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    No problem. Let us know how things work out.
     
  9. Ted Lee

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    hey john -

    i got it working. it took me a few to figure out the passphrase thing though.

    i changed the linksys settings first: enabled wep, 128bit encryption and (for good measure) i also changed the ssid. then i changed it at the router.

    worked perfectly. i really appreciate your help!

    thx again,

    ted
     
  10. John_Berger

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    T'aint no problem, mah friend!
     
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    The passphrase is used to generate the WEP key. It's easier to remember (and enter into the clients) than a long hexadecimal number.

    Make sure to change your passphrase/WEP key once in a while, for maximum security.

    KJP
     
  12. Ted Lee

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    will do kevin. thx!
     

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