[ubuntu-uk] WEP key
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Wed May 30 22:01:35 BST 2007
London School of Puppetry wrote:
> On 30/05/07, *Andrew Price* <andy at andrewprice.me.uk
> <mailto:andy at andrewprice.me.uk>> wrote:
> On 30/05/07 18:06, London School of Puppetry wrote:
> > Can anyone tell me what a WEP key is and what it does?
> > Caroline (LSP)
> Hi Caroline,
> Note: I'm a computer science geek but I'll try to keep this simple :)
> WEP ("Wired Equivalent Privacy") basically provides a layer of security
> on top of a wireless network connection. In order to connect to a
> WEP-secured network with your wireless card, you need to provide your
> network connection manager with the WEP key for that network. The WEP
> key is a string of characters (you can think of it as a sort of
> password). Not all wireless connections use WEP, some are completely
> open, some use different kinds of security methods.
> I'm sure someone will mention this next bit so I'll get there first: WEP
> has been found to be quite easy to circumvent, so it's not that good a
> way of securing a wireless network, but it's better than nothing and
> it's still used quite widely.
> Hope that helps.
> Andy Price
> Hi Andy, that was well explained- I have also looked on wikipedia and
> read about WAPs
> but what no-one has explained to me in what it looks like
A WEP key or similarly, a WPA key looks like is a number, usually a
(note I have almost no experience of this!)
an example might be
(see http://clariondeveloper.com/wepgen/ for where it came from)
The key above is a number, believe it or not. In the hexadecimal
system, you would count uop from zero using numerals 0-9 and continue
with a few alphabet characters up to 15
0123456789 a b c d e
( I think..... :-) )
So in the example above '9' means - simply 9. But 'a' means the number 10.
Dont worry about what the numbers are, just that a key is a sort of
You have to enter your own secret number into the unit (network
gateway device?) (do note it safely somewhere) so it can be used in a
code system to cause encryption.
The number is usually entered using a computer on a network connected
to the gateway device, usin ga web browser on the computer.
>- In my hand I
> have something called 802.11b/g Security Gateway. Is this a WEP or a
> WAP ?
The handbook or specification summary should tell, you cannot usually
tell by looking.
> I have plugged it in to the computer, then plugged it using
> another cable into my Alcatel Speed Touch Pro Router thinking I would get
> use of my lap top downstairs for Internet but lost all internet
> connection for both computers?
> Is there something not compatible?
Sorry I dont know - I am about out of my depth already (!). I would
look at the gateway instructions to see if it was intended to go where
you expect, and how it would be setup.
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