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Guide: Setup a Wireless Home Network

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by katebush, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. katebush

    katebush LI Guru Member

  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Not bad, but the use of a 10 hex digit key for WPA in the example is rather weak.
  3. katebush

    katebush LI Guru Member


    By the way, 10 hex passphrase is very strong, since the key is refreshed continuously.. The actual key is 128 bit with key rotation regardless of the passphrase.
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Have you researched into online articles similar to these? A 10 hex key may still be too weak.

    I also notice you recommend disabling SSID Broadcast so others cannot locate the network. However, this is misleading to novice since the network is not truly invisible (or else even your wireless device cannot connect to it by any mean) - the SSID is still being carried in plain text on each network packet sent as a mean of identification and there are simple tools that can be downloaded and installed even by a beginner that can read and identify these *undetectable* networks. While it is fine to disable SSID Broadcast alongside encrypting the network, it has no added value to increasing security or protection.

    You should also mention a behavioural flaw in Windows XP's wireless client WZC to your readers if they decide to implement SSID Broadcast disabling: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811427

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