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Windows 7: For All my Wireless Networks, There Is A Red X

29 Sep 2009   #11
ccatlett1984

 

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I dont think WEP is a very secure encryption method IMO.. too easy to crack..WPA 2 is the preferred method
I agree with that statement, wep is a "fools" security these days, its a false sense of security. But The above post stated that windows 7 didn't support WEP, which is not the case at all.

With certain *nix based software tools you can crack a wep key in under 15minutes with a decent laptop. WPA will still take a few weeks of packet capture, unless you can use a "middle-man" attack. WPA2-PSK is the way to go if at all possible. TKIP has shown some weak areas lately, nothing to be really concerned about right now, but keep that in mind.


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30 Sep 2009   #12
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ccatlett1984 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
I dont think WEP is a very secure encryption method IMO.. too easy to crack..WPA 2 is the preferred method
I agree with that statement, wep is a "fools" security these days, its a false sense of security. But The above post stated that windows 7 didn't support WEP, which is not the case at all.

With certain *nix based software tools you can crack a wep key in under 15minutes with a decent laptop. WPA will still take a few weeks of packet capture, unless you can use a "middle-man" attack. WPA2-PSK is the way to go if at all possible. TKIP has shown some weak areas lately, nothing to be really concerned about right now, but keep that in mind.
I was one that thought WEP wasn't supported.

It's because in the security settings list, WEP isn't shown until you chose "shared".

My bad, sorry.
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30 Sep 2009   #13
TUISTERa

Windows Se7en Ultimate + Windows XP SP3
 
 

For home using i think the wep is just fine b'cause if there are too many encriptions there is to slow network!!! For best compatibility after changing the password of the router change the SSID too, so the pc can find it as new network and ask for the new password

Sorry for my bad english...
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30 Sep 2009   #14
Alexik

Windows 7 Ultimate 7600.16385
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TUISTERa View Post
For home using i think the wep is just fine b'cause if there are too many encriptions there is to slow network!!! For best compatibility after changing the password of the router change the SSID too, so the pc can find it as new network and ask for the new password

Sorry for my bad english...
Using WPA2-PSK instead of WEP will not slow down your network. I am using WPA2 as it is harder to sniff and so on and my network is still running at maximum speed. It is best not to broadcast the SSID (the router definitely has an option that stops sending the SSID in the air) which will make the network "invisible" to normal Windows clients and you will connect to it only by supplying the name first. It is best to use long passwords with Aa-Zz and 0-9 and also spaces. You only need to set the password and SSID once. You can change them from time to time just to be sure. That's what I'm doing with my wireless network.
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