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Step 4: Configuring the wireless security settings on your Actiontec MI424WR router
Security is an important issue when using a wireless home network. Because radio waves are used to transfer information between your networked computers, it's possible for hackers to intercept this information. Taking advantage of the security features built into your Actiontec MI424WR router can make it more difficult for hackers to access your personal information.
Your Actiontec MI424WR router comes with an assigned ESSID (may also be called SSID) and WEP encryption key to make installation easier and provide immediate protection for your home network. WEP encryption is compatible with nearly all wireless devices, so a minimum level of security is provided for your network as soon as you set it up.
However, WEP encryption does not protect your wireless network from a determined hacker. Verizon recommends using WPA encryption on your Actiontec MI424WR home network, since it isn't compatible with WPA2. All wireless devices connected to your wireless network must be compatible with the type of encryption you use. Review the potential WPA compatibility issues before setting up WPA encryption.
Note: The Westell wireless USB adapters are not compatible with WPA encryption. If you want to use WPA encryption with a wireless USB adapter, you must upgrade to the ZyXEL G-220 wireless adapter.
Select the type of network encryption you want to use for your Actiontec MI424WR network.