Friends of mine are signing up for btbroadband using the homehub. Are they easy to set up for a wireless connection to a laptop? Do you still have to set up wep/wpa? Am used to a modem/router so was wondering if they work the same. Many thanks in advance
i did not know you should change from the WEP key to WPA. There was nothing in the BT homehub installation information to say that I should. In fact it said that you should have no reason to go into this area of the homehub.
I found that very funny myself when I was experimenting with the Home Hub, I guess BT do not want to make the installation anymore complicated, the more complicated the router setup is the more people will be phoning their support lines!
They use WEP as their default because it is more compatible then WPA, especially on older wireless equipment. I guess you could argue that any encryption is better than none but they really should explain the risks of WEP and at the very least have a 128 bit key as default instead of a 64 bit, not anymore secure but it would take that bit longer to crack.
Just remember that although WPA doesn’t have the same flaws as WEP it is only as strong as its passphrase. If you use a silly passphrase, mainly one that is in a dictionary, then someone running a simple dictionary attack will be able to break into your router. Use a 63 character password click here for a randomly generated password. It would take years for someone to brute force a 63 character password!
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