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NETGEAR RangeMax™ NEXT Wireless Router WNR834B User Manual
Safeguarding Your Network 2-5
v2.1, July 2007
Balancing performance factors (throughput, latency, battery consumption, and equipment
compatibility) against the value of information on your network, select an appropriate security
level. As a minimum, NETGEAR recommends using WEP with Shared Key authentication.
Note: The Security Options displayed in this menu may change depending on the
current selection of Wireless Mode.
Table 2-1. Basic Wireless Security Options
Field Description
None No wireless security. Only recommended for troubleshooting wireless connectivity.
WEP WEP offers the following options:
Open System
With Open Network authentication and 64- or 128-bit WEP Data Encryption, the WNR834B
does perform data encryption but does not perform any authentication. Anyone can join the
network. This setting provides very little practical wireless security.
Shared Key
With Shared Key authentication, a wireless device must know the WEP key in order to join
the network. Choose the Encryption Strength (64- or 128-bit data encryption). Manually
enter the key values or enter a word or group of printable characters in the Passphrase box.
Manually entered keys are not case sensitive but passphrase characters are case sensitive.
Note: Not all wireless adapter configuration utilities support passphrase key generation.
•Auto
The wireless router automatically detects whether Open System or Shared Key is used.
WPA-PSK
WPA2-PSK
WPA-Pre-shared Key does perform authentication. WPA-PSK uses TKIP (Temporal Key
Integrity Protocol) data encryption and WPA2-PSK uses AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)
data encryption. Both methods dynamically change the encryption keys making them nearly
impossible to circumvent.
Enter a word or group of printable characters in the Password Phrase box. These characters
are case sensitive.
Note: Not all wireless adapter configuration utilities support WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK.
Furthermore, client software is required on the client. Windows XP Service Pack 2 and
Windows XP Service Pack 1 with WPA patch do include the client software that supports WPA.
However, the wireless adapter hardware and driver must also support WPA.
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