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What is WEP?

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WEP is a classification for a security protocol used for wireless networks. This protocol was first packaged in 1997 as part of the first version of the 802.11 wireless protocol. During its design, the WEP was intended to match the level of security of existing wired networks.

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As of 2014, the WEP security protocol has been replaced by the WPA and WPA2. Some weaknesses of the WEP include easily breakable static network keys and active hacking attacks. As the WEP is still in use on wireless networks, all the computers in the connected network can be easily compromised if one computer is hacked.

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    What is a WEP key?

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    WEP is a standard for wireless network security and stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy. To access a secured network, a user has to use a WEP key. WEP keys have exactly 10 or 26 hexadecimal digits, that is, numerical characters 0 to 9 and letters A to F.

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    What are the advantages of WEP versus WPA?

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    WEP, short for Wired Equivalent Privacy, has the advantage of being more widely used and more backwards compatible in comparison to WPA. In September 1999, WEP became the very first Wi-Fi security standard to be ratified. From the very beginning, WEP was built to be a weak security standard as strong restrictions on cryptographic technologies were still being enforced in the U.S. when the standard first came out.

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    How do you find out your router's WEP Key?

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    To find your router’s WEP key, access the router setup page by typing its IP address in the address bar of a Web browser, logging in, accessing the Wireless Security Settings section and navigating to the WEP field. If common router IP addresses such as 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1 fail to provide access to the setup page, determine the actual IP address by using the ipconfig command in the Command Prompt.

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    How do you find your network's WEP encryption key?

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    To find your WEP encryption key, access your router using a Web browser. Many routers have an IP address of 192.168.1.1 and are accessible at https://192.168.1.1. Enter your user name and password into the prompt that appears to access your router and view or change the WEP key. If you have not set a new name or password, many routers default to a user name of "admin" and a password of either "admin" or "password." Some have no password.

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