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Assigning a WEP encryption key  
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Creating an Actiontec MI424WR wireless network in Windows XP

  1. Leave the Channel set to Automatic. [Show Me]


  2. Confirm that WEP is selected in Part 4. [Show Me]


  3. If you're creating a new home network, it's recommended that you use the default values displayed in the "Select a WEP Key" section. This simplifies network installation and makes troubleshooting easier. Since each router is assigned a different WEP key, you're not compromising security by accepting the default values.
    • The default WEP encryption key is also displayed on the label attached to the bottom of your router for easy reference.
    • All hardware attached to your home network must use the same WEP key.


    If you're replacing the router on an established home network, you may want to change the default WEP settings to that of your previous network. This eliminates the need to change the WEP key on all the wireless network adapters used to connect additional computers. You can enter your new WEP encryption key in either Hex or ASCII 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. 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.


      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. [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 changed any security settings, it's important that you write them down for future reference. All hardware connected to your home network must use the same security settings.


Continue with Step 5


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