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WEP key concerns. Thanks for any information

by sjneedham / April 27, 2006 5:49 AM PDT

Hello folks, I just connected to the wireless connection in my building. The building has open source and I'm not sure if the router or AP was configured for a WEP key.

If their isn't alot of folks using the WiFi connection in my buliding would security still be a big risk?

I'm not sure how third parties can view what I search even if the security lacks on WiFi connections. My browser informs me it isn't secure.

I wanted to know if their is any way I could put a personal WEP key in so my personal information can have encryption?

The Wifi company's network in my building only installs and gives the signal same as the adapter company. They stated I must ask if a WEP was made in my building to either the Router or AP (can someone explain which one) and then I could have more security.

Any information will be appreciated.

AP is a Cisco Airnet 1100
ADSL Router / Bridge
Sport Netgear Switch
Compact flash 128 gateway
Soekris 4501 gateway

AP's on every floor
Router and Modem down stairs but not in public reach

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In such building network, you have to accept
by Gakada / April 27, 2006 6:14 AM PDT

their configuration...

If you ask to secure your FLOOR Access Point (you must ask all other user for that), then all user on that floor must enter the SSID and password also.

How third party can view your activity?.. the answer is simply YES they can do that.. for details and HOW..., on this subject, you should find more information on google (wireless security, or wardriving subject).

As personal encryption.. you may also find many utility for that...
BUT, in the network security, the personal encryption is different matter.. what you need is to prevent other people entering your PC.

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Thanks for the information but have another concern
by sjneedham / April 27, 2006 7:20 AM PDT

Thank you Ma'am that made sense. I was just reviewing a key generator and it was for the person(s) that maintains the router, modem, and AP's. Not for individuals like myself.

I was wondering is it the responsibility of the AP or router to be secured by the WEP key?

I didn't know the security and key goes by location within the building; makes sense.

Is SSID is another term for WiFi network carrier?

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Wifi basics
by pratapan / April 27, 2006 12:56 PM PDT

SSID = service set identifier. As far as you are concerned, this is the ASCII name for your network. If I build a network using 3 APs and I call my SSID "Home" than all 3 APs broadcast the same SSID. This allows users to stay connected as they move. As long as the user is withing range of a single AP they should stay connected. If I enable security such as WEP, then I need to do it on all 3 APs to maintain the roaming capability and the key needs to be the same on all 3.

The average person does not have a wireless sniffer so your only real threat is the hardcore hacker and the neighbor next door with 20 viruses on his laptop that are all looking for a new home. And make sure you turn off file and print sharing in that environment. You may end up as a neighbors network storage for illegal software downloads or kiddie porn.

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