Changing the WEP Key

Dell, Emachine, HP
July 28, 2006 at 07:49:26
Specs: Win XP, Win ME, Various machines

This is for my work network, I inherited all the problems with it without the knowledge. lol. We have 2 desktops running XP and one running ME, all 3 are hardwired to the network. We have 2 laptops running XP that are wireless. The router is a D Link Dl-524 and we have broadband with a wireless modem. We need to change the WEP Key for the network, an ex-employee has it. I checked on the router and WEP is disabled. Any ideas where I can change the WEP Key would be greatly appreciated.


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July 28, 2006 at 07:54:04

If WEP is disabled on the router then there is no WEP key currently being used. Once you enable WEP, you will see a line to create a key. Then enter that key on your clients.

If your router also has WPA support (it will be on the same page) and your clients support it, definitely use that instead. WEP is easy to hack, whereas WPA is virtually uncrackable with a long enough key (up to 63 characters). WPA also prevents sniffing, as each client will have its own random key which is assigned by the router, and changes every 60 seconds.

If you check Dlink's website you should find a manual for the router you have, which should show how to configure those settings.

Good luck...

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