Join Brad Wheeler for an in-depth discussion in this video Determining your encryption needs, part of Extending and Optimizing a Wi-Fi Network for Small Businesses.
- For a private network, when you decide…what Encryption type you should use,…there is one real answer.…You should set your access point to use WPA2…and set a strong password.…WEP is barely more secure than an open network.…It can be easily cracked in less than an hour.…It is also only compatible with network speeds…up to 54 megabits per second,…as is WPA, significantly reducing network performance.…Having an open network is simply asking for trouble.…For a business, the question is slightly more complicated,…and the answer depends on how the network is used.…
For internal use only, the above advice is still sound,…particularly is the wireless network is not segmented…from confidential or mission-critical resources,…use WPA2 with AES encryption with a strong password.…You might also consider changing that password…every 90 days to keep old employees…or others who may have had an old password…from accessing your network.…If you want to provide public access on your network,…an open network actually has advantages.…
Need a more substantial solution? Check out the last chapter on hardware and special security measures for enterprise networks.
- Measuring performance
- Diagnosing problems
- Selecting channel and bandwidth
- Upgrading firmware
- Setting up wireless isolation and multiple SSIDs
- Using MoCA and powerline network extenders
- Exploring enterprise solutions