Wireless LAN Key generator
WEP Strong Key Generator
Whatever bad you may have heard about WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption for wireless networks, not using it is asking for trouble. Usually it is quick and easy to set up, and at the very least, it doesn't cost you anything!
If you are worried about using WEP keys generated on a Web page, then you have a few options:
- Don't! Think up keys for yourself.
- The code authors have made the code downloadable so you can run it locally from your PC. That gets around any worries you may have about Internet generated passwords.
- Use another password generator. A good (and free) one is PasswordGeneratorXP by WinCatalog.com. To use this you'll have to set the length to 10 for a 64-bit key or 26 for a 128-bit key, uncheck all the options apart from "Other (your symbols)" and into the text box paste the following 16 characters ABCDEF0123456789
To generate a random WEP key, select the bit key length to generate and press the corresponding button; the ASCII or HEX key can then be copied to your clipboard manually or via the copy to clipboard button to the right of the generated key text field.
A good primer on WEP key setup and terms is located here.
As well as resetting your WEP key, you should follow these simple rules for making WEP as secure as possible.
- If your WEP software asks you for a passphrase or string to generate a key, do not use
simple, easy to guess stuff like your SSID (Service Set IDentifier), company name, network name, or any other easy to guess alphanumeric string.
- If your software allows it, disable SSID broadcasting. It means that you won't have automatic network detection but it does add to the security of the network.
- Treat setting WEP keys the same way you a strong password. Choose good ones and don't write them down, send them b email and so on.
- If you must manually enter the key, you're restricted to the numbers '0-9' and letters 'a-f'. In this case, don't simply hit the same key over and over again or use some simple pattern like 1,2,3, and so on. These are not only easy to guess but quick to break.
- If your product vendor requests 40-bit keys, use the 64-bit key
- If your product vendor requests 104-bit keys, use the 128-bit key
- Apple users can enter HEX keys into their AirPort setup by prefixing the generated string with a"$" symbol
(i.e. if the generated HEX code is 6b5e454532 then you would enter $6b5e454532 into your configuration)
- One ASCII Character is Eight (8) Bits
- One HEX Character is Four (4) Bits
- 40 or 64 bit ASCII WEP code has 5 characters
- 40 or 64 bit HEX WEP code has 10 characters
- 128 bit ASCII WEP code has 13 characters
- 128 bit HEX WEP code has 26 characters