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Chapter 2. Wi-Fi on Your Notebook > Understanding 802.11 Speak

2.2. Understanding 802.11 Speak

In this section, I discuss some of the terminologies that you will often come across when you set up your wireless network.

2.2.1. WEP

By default, encryption is not enabled for wireless networks. Encryption is important because malicious hackers equipped with the necessary software can sniff the packets transmitted by the wireless network, thereby compromising your data. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a protocol used for encrypting packets on a wireless network. It uses a 64-bit (or 256-bit, depending on the equipment) shared key algorithm. Although it is far from perfect, WEP increases the protection of your data, but in doing so reduces your effective data rates.


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