Wep vs Wpa

Topics: Wi-Fi Protected Access, Wired Equivalent Privacy, IEEE 802.11 Pages: 2 (554 words) Published: June 18, 2013
Abstract
Some of you reading this may be wondering “what is WEP or WPA; or what the difference is?” Well I am going to tell you the difference in this paper. I will describe what WEP is. & what WPA is. Then I will tell you the pros and cons of each and then tell you which one is better in my opinion based on the facts presented.  

Table of Contents
Title Page……………………………………………………………………………Pg1 Abstract………………………………………………………………………………Pg2 WEP……………………………………………………………………………….…Pg4 WEP Pros/Cons………………………………………………………………………Pg4


WEP
WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy. WEP is part of the IEEE 802.11 wireless networking standard. WEP is a security protocol that encrypts transmitted data in a wireless network. WEP was an early attempt at securing wireless networks but now there are better ways. WEP has 3 settings: off (no security), 64-bit (weak), and 128-bit (better). WEP is not necessary if you are using a wireless network only for a gaming console such as a playstation or an xbox with no computers. WEP Pros

There are few pros to using WEP. The biggest pro is that it is easier to configure than the other encryption methods. Another good thing is that there is no extra performance cost to encrypting the longer 128-bit key.

WEP Cons
There are many more cons the pros when it comes to WEP. The first for example is that it is very easy to crack. While there is no cost to performance there is a cost to transmitting the extra key over the network. The 128-bit increases the size of the data over the network which does slowly decrease performance.  

WPA
WPA is a wireless security encryption with greater protection than WEP. It stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access. Most wireless networks should use either WEP or WPA. WPA-PSK is not much more difficult to configure than the older WEP, but is not available on some older products. All computers, access points, and wireless adapters must use the same type of security. WPA operates in either WPA-PSK mode (aka Pre-Shared Key...
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