WRT54G using WEP

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by jnoblesr, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. jnoblesr

    jnoblesr Network Guru Member

    Hi Everyone, I just bought a wrt54g to add the wireless ability to my home network. I also use a befsr41 and I added the wrt54g so I can use my laptop outside in the yard. My question is -- I have setup the WEP for security. But I have heard that WAP is better for security. Can I use both? Or do I need to undo the WEP and use the WAP. And where can I go to learn how to do the WAP. Does anyone have any links to point me in the right direction. My laptop is an IBM Thinkpad R51 with the centrino chip.

    I had tons of trouble with adding the wrt54g to the befsr41. So I ran the wrt54g thru a netgear switch then to the befsr41. The befsr41 is connected to the internet. The speed is fine and all works well. I just want to be safer while using my wireless laptop.

    Thanks, jnoblesr
  2. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    use wpa becasue it is more secure. i crack wep all the time to get into networks. wpa is harder. and no you need to undo wep to use wpa.

    >to use wpa go to
    >wireless tab
    >wireless security
    >and choose wpa pre=shared key
    >in the WPA Shared Key type password
    >click save settings

    then go to your clients and type the password to get into netowrk .
    btw:some older wireless adapters dont support wpa
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You did not indicate which minicard your IBM Thinkpad R51 uses, but if it is an Intel 22200BG, make certain that you use hexadecimal keys, when using WPA-PSK. The Intel client allows both ANSCII and Hexadecimal, but the WRT54G only uses hexadecimal. The Intel Client uses full length keys, while the WRT54G uses 8 to 63 characters, they must match in length and contents. Also enable SSID broadcast, since disabling it makes it harder for your wirelessscard to find the AP, and if there are other APs in the area, your will try to connect to those, if you disable SSID broadcast.
  4. jnoblesr

    jnoblesr Network Guru Member

    Thanks Guys, I will try this tomorrow in the morning and post back my results. I am using the Intel Pro wireless 2200BG.

    I am glad that you have the knowledge I was in need of.

    Thanks again, jnoblesr
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