Set the Encryption Level

From the Encryption algorithm drop-down list in the wireless access point configuration, select the level of encryption for your wireless connections. The available selections change when you use different authentication mechanisms. The Fireware XTM OS automatically creates a random encryption key for you when a key is required. You can use this key or change it to a different key. Each wireless client must use this same key when they connect to the XTM wireless device.

Encryption for Open System and Shared Key Authentication

Encryption options for Open System and Shared Key authentication are WEP 64-bit hexadecimal, WEP 40-bit ASCII, WEP 128-bit hexadecimal, and WEP 128-bit ASCII. If you select Open System authentication, you can also select Disabled.

  1. If you use WEP encryption, in the Key text boxes, type hexadecimal or ASCII characters. Not all wireless adapter drivers support ASCII characters. You can have a maximum of four keys, numbered 1 - 4.
  2. If you typed more than one key, in the Key Index text box, type the key number to use as the default key.

The XTM wireless device can use only one wireless encryption key at a time. If you select a key other than the first key in the list, you also must set your wireless client to use the same key.

Encryption for WPA and WPA2 Authentication

The encryption options for Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) authentication methods are:

We recommend that you select TKIP or AES. This allows the XTM wireless device to accept connections from wireless clients configured to use TKIP or AES encryption. For 802.11n wireless clients, we recommend you configure the wireless client to use AES encryption.

See Also

Set the Wireless Authentication Method

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