Linksys wireless router security:
These settings determine the level of data protection that is transmitted over your wireless home network.
Remember that just because your sitting in the comfort of your home, doesnt mean the thief down the street cant grab your data right out of the air.
The most basic of wireless transmitters can send your personal information out to a range of 300 feet outdoors.
Which Linksys wireless router security mode you choose should be based on the devices you need to support.
WEP - Wired Equivalent Privacy, which is the earliest of the security types has proven to have severe security weaknesses.
WPA - Then came Protected Access which implemented a subset of a draft of 802.11i.
WPA2 - also called RSN (Robust Security Network) uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) block cipher, where as WEP and WPA utilize the older RC4 cipher.
You should choose the highest level of encryption that is supported by your wireless network enabled devices, and remember that using WEP will cause your newer 802.11N class equipment to operate at G speeds to keep it connected.
AES or TKIP:(Encryption)
AES - offers stronger encryption technology and is the best choice if all your wireless enabled devices on your home network support it.(Recommended)
TKIP- is also strong and is supported by more equipment on the market.
Anything is better then having no encryption at all.
If your not sure which Linksys wireless router security type you should be using try AES first, and then switch to TKIP if some of your older wireless devices cannot connect using AES.
Lets get started:
In this example we'll be setting the Linksys router wireless security mode to WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode for a Linksys E1000 wireless router.
This will provide the highest level of security without having to know whether your devices use AES or TKIP, because running in "Mixed Mode" it will support both.
TIP: If you really want a password that will detour even the best of the best password breakers, then follow this simple rule of thumb.
Choose a password that is not a word found in the dictionary, contains capital and lower case letters, and a numbers past the 8th digit. Trust me when i say, they will give up before breaking it.
That's it! Your all done, and can enjoy the peace of mind having a more secure wireless network.