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What is Pre Shared Key

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(1) I will like to confirm , the WEP key or WPA key is one of the example of "Pre Shared Key" ??

(2)The difference between "password" and "pre shared key " is , the "password " is for individual and "pre shared key " is sort of "sharing password" among of group of people ??

Please correct my understanding .
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by:Matt V
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Password is just something the user would type in when they first connect to the wireless network.
A pre-shared key is a key pair setup where there access point has the private key and the public key is distributed to the clients.  It is usually a 40-bit or larger key, 1024 and 2048 being far more secure.  This is far harder to "guess" than a 10 character password.
That all being said, often the wireless point will treat the shared key like a password and simply allow it to be longer than the "password" option and still just prompt the end user to type it in.
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by:Verdata
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Password can also be anything whila a key, usually has to be a hexadecimal value.
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by:naykam
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password is a name for hashed string encryped and stored for access to something.

A Pre shared key (PSK) you will usually notice around wireless networks:

In cryptography, a pre-shared key or PSK is a shared secret which was previously shared between the two parties using some secure channel before it needs to be used. Such systems almost always use symmetric key cryptographic algorithms.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-shared_key
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A key, a password, a codeword, and a passphrase are all really difference names for the same thing.

A pre-shared key is when two or more devices know what the key.

It can be all readable characters or it can be entered as hex string.

It can be as small as 40 bits (which is only 5 characters) or as large as 15360 bits (at least for now).

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by:kcn
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Hi ,

Noone yet to confirm whether the WEP Key ,or WPA Key  is Pre-Shared Key ??

Please confirm whether the WEP Key that user key into Wireless AP is considered as Pre-Shared Key ??
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WEP: Yes, each side must know and use the same key.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wired_Equivalent_Privacy

WPA can use PSK or 802.1x Authentication.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_Protected_Access
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by:kcn
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Giltjr ,

Sorry , just to reconfirm before I assign point ...

WEP is using PSK ( pre-shared key ) ; WEP Key  is  PSK  ?? Please reconfirm

Thanks .
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WEP is using PSK.

WPA CAN use PSK, but it does not have too.
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