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make the WLAN secure

The Access Point will allow multiple Wireless clients to communicate with each other and
to systems connected via network cables on a LAN:


most Access-points and WLAN PC-Card are shipped with software, which contains a default configuration allowing easy connection of wireless clients to the Access-Point, either with minimal or sometime no need for configuring the WLAN card.

You need to change some of these default settings to secure your network:

1) Change the SSID and stop broadcasting the SSID

on the Access-Point, change the name of the SSID , select a name for you,
but do not make it too easy for somebody to guess the name
(so do not use the company-name unless you add something else like a number : example :smith021 )


on the WLAN clients, the system will now any anymore be able to identify automatically
the name of the network.

use the configuration option
(in this example : "Advanced")
any default value for the Network
will not work anymore, and since
the broadcast of the SSID has been
turned off, it is now required to
enter manually the SSID/Network name.
store the new settings, wait a few seconds,
it takes a little for the WLAN card to locate
now the Access-Point.
The configuration of the WLAN adapter
should then show the active network.


2) Define encryption (WEP)


On the Access-point, switch on Security by defined a WEP:
- 1 x 128 bit
or
- 4 x 64 bit

Enter a combination of hex-number ( using 0-9, A-F ) in a random pattern, to make it
as difficult as posisble for other's to "guess" your WEP.

On the WLAN-clients, you will also need to enable "Data encryption" and to
enter this code:


summary:

The WLAN settings of the client

 

 

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