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wireless network security

Hello,
Please allow me to ask, before I have to spend time reading over the manual.  I did a search on the manual, but nothing came up.
My questions is this; I have a home LinkSys router.  The security setting is showing that it is WEP encrypted, with "No Authentication (Open)."  It is the "No Authentication (Open)" that has me concerned.  Should I have a stronger encryption, or is this security setting good enough?
My other options are the WPA, WPA2 and 802.1X settings.
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AncientFribCommented:
I would set it up using WPA2.  This will require you to specify a WPA shared key on both the router and on the client.  It is fairly simple to do.
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Mike_CarrollCommented:
Absolute minimum of WPA with WPA2 preferred. Open allows anybody to connect and WEP is easily cracked.

Apart from going with WPA or WPA2 encryption, also consider hiding the SSID and setting up MAC filtering as additional security measures.
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Mike_CarrollCommented:
Oops, also meant to say that you should not leave the wireless router with the default SSID. There are databases of these things available to snoopers.
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Hind987Commented:
Yes we should have strong password.
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Hind987: Mike_Carroll: AncientFrib:
Thank you for responding.  I will work on getting my security a bit tighter.  
The first problem I am encountering is that I am not able to access the router.  I have the IP address.  When I enter it. the MS Passport popup login window is shown, asking for a user name and password.
I do not have any record of what these are, i.e., WRT54G requires a username and password.
I may have to go to www.linksys.com and read, ask.  I am told they have a user group.
If you can help, I would appreciate it.
thanks, I will issue the points later.
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Mike_CarrollCommented:
For a WRT54G, the default username is blank and the default password is 'admin' (without the quotes). The default IP address is 192.168.1.1


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chimaAuthor Commented:
Mike, thanks
It turns out that my neighbor told me about the user name password.  As it turns out, my neighbor had an unsecure wireless setup.  I hacked into their computer, found out who it was, called her and now we both have secure connections.  I have a couple of question, so I will ask the questions tomorrow and issue the points tomorrow.
cheers
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chimaAuthor Commented:
One more final question;
In the Wireless/Wireless Security setup window; Should the WPA Shared Key be entered for the TKIP WPA Algorithm?
WPA-Personal.doc
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chimaAuthor Commented:
I have been monitoring.  Does anyone have an answer to my last entire?
thanks
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Hello, can anyone answer my last question?  Or simply make a comment so that I will know that the experts are at least seeing the question.
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nickt25Commented:
use wpa2 instead of wpa
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nickt25Commented:
did it help chima ?
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chimaAuthor Commented:
nickt25, the question is this;
In the Wireless/Wireless Security setup window; Should the WPA Shared Key be entered for the TKIP WPA Algorithm?
thanks
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nickt25Commented:
yes you should type it
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chimaAuthor Commented:
nickt25, I would have expected a reason why I should type it in?
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