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Entering the WPA key for your Actiontec MI424WR wireless network
  1. Confirm that Pre-Shared Key is selected in the Authentication Method field.

    Pre-Shared Key

  2. Select ASCII (combination of numbers and letters) or hex (combination of numbers 0 - 9 and letters A - F) as the format for your WPA encryption key. You may want to use the ASCII format because you can choose a phrase that's easier to remember. For example, you could enter EnjoySummerBe4Its2L8, which is much easier to remember than 64 random hex characters. [Show Me]
    • If you use the hex format, your encryption key must be 64 characters long.
    • If you use ASCII format, your encryption must be between 8 - 63 characters long.
    • Please create a strong, unique encryption key – do NOT use the encryption key that is printed on the label of your router or that may have been used with an older router.
  3. Enter your WPA encryption key in ASCII or Hex format in the Pre-Shared Key field.

    WPA Encryption Key


  4. Confirm that AES is selected in the Encryption Algorithm field. [Show Me]


  5. Confirm that Group Key Update Interval is selected. One of the strengths of WPA encryption is that it self-generates a new key based on the original encryption key you enter. By enabling this field, you can control the time interval between the creation of the new encryption keys. [Show Me]


  6. If you enabled Group Key Update Interval in the previous step, enter the number of seconds  in the Seconds field before a new encryption key is automatically generated. You may want to consider an interval around 3600 seconds.  [Show Me]


  7. Click Apply to save your WPA settings.




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