WEP Key. How to change

March 15, 2011 at 14:42:01
Specs: Windows XP
I have installed a Netgear N300 and want to change the WEP key as it is too long. How do I do this?

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#1
March 15, 2011 at 15:08:09
You are already at the lowest level of encryption and WEP is not secure.

If you choose a lesser level of encryption...expect people to be using your wireless internet

•40- / 64-bit WEP: 10 digit key
•104- / 128-bit WEP: 26 digit key
•256-bit WEP: 58 digit key

You would change it the same way you set it up. If you don't recall, consult the router manual

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#2
March 15, 2011 at 15:16:12
WEP 128bit encryption requires a 26 character key.
The only way to reduce the size of the key would be to step down to 64bit encryption which uses a shorter key.

Neither standard is regarded as very secure.

Why do you want/need to use a shorter key? Your new router is capable of better security. eg WPA/psk. Why don't you use that? Or is it that your client devices are not up to that standard?.

Read here: http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/d...

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March 15, 2011 at 15:58:17
Hey. Thanks so much for taking the time to help me out. Actually i am using WSA-2 (something) at 128 bits. However, the screen refers to the key as WEP, which I guess is an incorrect name for it. The reason I wantto change it is that every time I try and enter the wireless net with my laptop, I am required to re-enter the 26 character keystring.. This is enough to discourage me from using the network at all. If I cannot change the key, is there some way to set up the router so that it automatically recognizes my laptop as authorized to enter. Please remember that I have very little modern computer skills (I started machine coding in the 60's for real-time missile intercepts - US Navy

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#4
March 15, 2011 at 17:07:20
That would be wpa2 and you would configure your wireless profile to remember the passphrase. You never have to put the passphrase in again.

What wireless card/dongle/usb stick are you using?

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#5
March 15, 2011 at 17:54:02
I'm still working the problem. I now understand that what I must do is enter the key in my laptop. I went to Control Panel, Wireless Networks, right clicked on our home network and then clicked on properties. The window holding the key came up and I entered the long key associated with our router. I then lcosed the window, re-booted and again tried to enter our home wireless network. It failed again. I went throught the same steps and found that the key I entered had been erased and something else was in its place. Can you tell me how to save the key after I enter it?

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#6
March 15, 2011 at 21:08:31
You saw all asterisks didn't you? sounds like you did save it but just mistyped the keys. Windows changes it to ****** so someone can't just view your key on the computer.

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March 16, 2011 at 06:46:15
Thanks for taking the time to respond. I don't know what kind of wireless adapter resides in my laptop. It's an old Acer we bought in 2005. By "Profile" I am guessing that it is in the software in the laptop. Right? Can I find it by using explore on my XP system under Program Files. or is it hidden?

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