What is WEP?


There are two methods of authentication that can be used with WEP, these are open system authentication and shared key authentication.

In the open system authentication model, the WLAN client does not have to provide its credentials to the access point. This model allows for any client to authenticate with the access point.

WEP was originally a security algorithm for IEEE 802.11 wireless networks and ratified in 1997, but in 2003 is was announced that it had been superseded by Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and in 2004 it was fully replaced.

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Wired Equivalent Privacy

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