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WiFi encrytion - Which one is the most realistic to use - WEP, WPA, WPA2?


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I just got a Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router and it allows me to set the encryption per Frequency (2.4GHz and 5GHz). The issue seems that if I set the 2.4GHz @ WPA or WPA2, hardware that does not support this encryption type will not connect. OK, this part I get, but why then would I set the 2.4 GHz to WEP, and the 5GHZ to WPA/WPA2, if the weakest part of the security to the WiFi network is WEP? That's not saying WEP is not secure @ 128 byte encryprion.

Just strikes me a little odd no? Am I missing something here? It almost seems the WPA/WPA2 is overkill. Any input is greatly appreciated.
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Forget about WEP .... not secure anymore

Go for WPA2 and if you have some devices that have issues with WPA2, you can step down to WPA.

Your encryption is not set ' per frequency ' but ' per network ' :-)

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Forget about WEP .... not secure anymore

Go for WPA2 and if you have some devices that have issues with WPA2, you can step down to WPA.

Your encryption is not set ' per frequency ' but ' per network ' :-)

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You want to choose the next from the last "WPA-PSK (TKIP) + WPA2-PSK (AES)" for strong security and maximum compatibility.

WEP (all forms) are dead. It can be cracked in seconds, with readily available scripts. I really wish that vendors wouldn't even offer it as an option. WPA is easier to use (you just pick a decent password) and uses universal standards (as opposed to WEP which using a 26-character "key" that can be entered in a variety of proprietary ways).

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Thanks. I have the WPA set and seems to work fine. What I'm vexed with is why the two sets of security, for the same network but separate freq's? Or am I wrong to assume the dual connection speed is actually seen as two separate networks and they are internally bridged?
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I don't have a multi-band router, but my understanding is that each radio has its own encryption standard. In this way, you can run one network for legacy devices and one for devices that support a newer standard. Of course, if the networks are bridged, that would sort-of defeat the point. I wonder if you can tweak those settings.

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