wpa key length?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by rs232, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. rs232

    rs232 Network Guru Member

    Hi all,
    so far I've always been using 63 chars wpa keys, and never had a problem. However I've lately found myself having to type it manually in more than one handset, and trust me, I don't really want to do it again! :-(

    After a quick google research I seem to understand that 63 is even too much and was thinking to use a 20 chars one instead (still with mixture of upper/lower case digits and punctuation, which gives still an incredible level of security (like few billion of billion years to be cracked, just kidding lol :))

    What do you think?
  2. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

    Just make key then copy and past from program. 63¨128 is more than enough

  3. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member

    Based on http://www.lockdown.co.uk/?pg=combi and known compute speeds, I'd estimate a 12-character password with those symbols to outlast us all for many generations. Given the WPA key resets in flight on a regular basis, 20 characters is probably still overkill. And 63? Sheesh! =)

    BTW, there are (minor) known vulnerabilities in WPA/TKIP (really the latter). Would strongly advise WPA2/AES for maximum compatibility and security.

  4. rs232

    rs232 Network Guru Member

    Sorry I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to say...
  5. rs232

    rs232 Network Guru Member

    Thanks Rodney :) I'm actually already using WPA2/AES. I think I'll change it for something shorter very soon
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