Security issue

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by 747pilot, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. 747pilot

    747pilot LI Guru Member

    I found some instructions on this site for making my WRT54G into a switch and a wireless access point. My "main" router is an actiontec supplied by Verizon FiOS in the basement. I plan to use the Linksys router as a switch in a remote room to give me more wired outlets and a boost to the wireless signal in that room.

    Here is the problem, and I don't know much about what I am talking about so please bear with me. If I leave the security encryption off, the linksys works like I would expect and gives me an excellent wireless signal. Enabling security (WEP) causes my wireless computers to pick up the basement signal and not the Linksys signal.

    I notice that the Linksys wireless security section offeres WEP encryption as "64 bits 10 hex digits" and the Actiontec offeres "64/40". I have the same key in both boxes but it just doesn't seem to work. Are the two, 64/10 and 64/40 not compatable? Is there a way to make them compatable or to upgrade the Linksys to something that will work with the actiontec?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    Wep Security keys are defined as 64 or 128 bits, but they really only use 40 and 104 bits (padded to the required 64 and 128 bits), hence the name. The "hex digits" are just another representation of those bits as hexadecimal number (base 16). Each hexadecimal number stands for 4 bits, thus the reason you can code your web keys as 10 or 26 hex digits.
    You can read more here:

    So, both should be compatible. Now, to extend your network, you would define both access points with the same name, same wep key, but different frequencies (pick from 1, 6 and 11, as those are the only non-overlapping ones). Your adapters will then pick the strongest signal.
  3. 747pilot

    747pilot LI Guru Member

    I did name them both the same, use the same key, and pick different frequencies (although 3 and 9, not 1,6, and 11) but still no luck. I'll have to take another look at it later
  4. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    do you have any utility that could show you what your adapter sees?
    If it just possible that the signal from the other router is stronger than the one from the linksys where you try to connect from.
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