Security Modes and Cipher Settings
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.
- Wired Equivalency Privacy (WEP) and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) offer different levels of security for wireless communication.
WPA – Then came Protected Access which implemented a subset of a draft of 802.11i.
- WPA is more secure than WEP, because it uses dynamic key encryption to protect the data as it passes through the air waves.(Recommended)
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.
- Start by logging into your routers configuration interface, so we can access the wireless security settings page we need to change the Linksys wireless router security mode.
- If you’re not familiar with the login process. Begin with Link Router Access, and come back when your logged in.
- From the main settings screen upon logging into your router select “Wireless” and then the “Wireless Security” sub tab.
- In the field labeled “Security Mode:” select “WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode”.
- After your selecton a passphrase box will appear just below allowing you to enter a 8-63 character password.
- Click on the “Save Settings” button on the bottom of the page and setting your Linksys router wireless security is all finished!
- Go to all your wireless enabled devices on your wireless home network, disconnect from it, and then reconnect using the new secuirty mode and passphrase.
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.