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 Creating a new WEP encryption key  
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Creating a wireless network with a Verizon MI424WR router in Windows XP

Depending on when you purchased your router and the version of firmware on it, the directions for entering a new WEP key may vary slightly. The newest version of the firmware allows you to create your WEP key in either Hex for ASCII format. The older version requires that you enter the WEP key in Hex format.

    To create a new WEP key in Hex format:
    1. After reviewing the type of personal information you have on your network, select the level of WEP encryption that meets your needs. 128/104 bit encryption provides the higher level of security. [Show Me]
    2. If you have the latest version of the router firmware, select Hex as the format. [Show Me]
    3. Enter the new WEP encryption key as a combination of the numbers 0-9 and the letters A-F. An example of a 64/40 bit encryption key could be "0FB310FF28." [Show Me]
      • 64/40 bit encryption requires 10 hexadecimal characters.
      • 128/104 bit encryption requires 26 hexadecimal characters.
    4. If you change the WEP key, it's important that you write it down for future reference. All hardware connected to your home network must use the same WEP key.


    To create a new WEP key in ASCII format:
    1. After reviewing the type of personal information you have on your network, select the level of WEP encryption that meets your needs. 128/104 bit encryption provides the higher level of security. [Show Me]
    2. Select ASCII as the format. If you don't have the option to select "ASCII," your router is running an earlier version of firmware and you'll have to enter the WEP key in hex format. [Show Me]
    3. Enter the new WEP key as a combination of upper and lower case letters, and the numbers 0-9. WEP keys in ASCII format are case-sensitive. An example of a 128/104-bit encryption key could be "ILoveMyFamily." [Show Me]
      • A 64/40 bit WEP key in ASCII format must be 5 characters.
      • A 128/104-bit WEP key in ASCII format must be 13 characters.
    4. If you change the WEP key, it's important that you write it down for future reference. All hardware connected to your home network must use the same WEP key.


     


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