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    • WiFi Signal Strength Meter

      WiFi Signal Strength Meter

      Windows and other operating systems have a WiFi signal strength meter, but this is usually basic software and does not really tell the user much about the wireless signal. Fortunately, there are many other programs that do the same thing, but show the user more details about the wireless connection. We will describe some of

    • Rogue Wireless Access Point

      Rogue Wireless Access Point

      A Rogue Access Point is a Wi-Fi Access Point which is setup by an attacker for the purpose of sniffing wireless network traffic. 802.11 (Wi-Fi) utilizes SSIDs (Service Set IDentifiers) to authenticate NICs to wireless access points. There is no similar protocol for authenticating wireless access points. It is possible to place a rogue wireless

    • TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol)

      TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol)

      TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) is part of a draft standard from the IEEE 802.11i working group. TKIP utilizes the RC4 stream cipher with 128-bit keys for encryption and 64-bit keys for authentication. TKIP is an enhancement to WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) security. TKIP enhances WEP by adding a per-packet key mixing function to de-correlate

    • Netopia Default Password

      Netopia Default Password

      Netopia is a popular broadband product company that produces Internet routers and other WiFi devices. Motorola acquired the company in 2007 and made partnerships with wireless providers around the world. Such providers include AT&T, Swisscom, and NextGen Tel in Norway. Unlike other router brands, Netopia’s default password is the 6 digit serial number located on

    • 802.1X

      802.1X

      802.1x is an IEEE standard that provides the definition for the encapsulation of EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol) and is also known as EAPOL (EAP over LAN). The standard was first defined in 2001 and later clarified in 2004 to be used with other IEEE 802 working group defined technologies such as the 802.11 wireless standard.

    • CDMA-2000 1xRTT

      CDMA-2000 1xRTT

      CDMA-2000 1xRTT is a 3G wireless technology based on the CDMA platform. The 1x in 1xRTT refers to 1x the number of 1.25MHz channels. The RTT in 1xRTT stands for Radio Transmission Technology. The CDMA-2000 1xRTT protocol was developed by Qualcomm. CDMA-2000 1xRTT is a CDMA version of the IMT-2000 standard which was developed by

    • Mi-Fi

      Mi-Fi

      While Novatel Wireless has copyrighted to name MiFi, it has gone on to mean so much more. Mi-Fi literally stands for my-wifi. In other words, it is a personal credit card shaped piece of hardware that acts as a personal WiFi hot spot for you and a few other computers that you allow onto the

    • How to Change a WEP Key

      How to Change a WEP Key

      A WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) key is a type of security algorithm for wireless devices that protects a computer from hackers and people who are trying to access someone else’s Internet connection. It consists of the numbers 0-9 and the letters A-F and can be 10, 26, or 58 characters long. For devices within the

    • How to Setup a Belkin Router

      How to Setup a Belkin Router

      To begin setting up your Belkin router, you will need: PC or laptop. Cable or DSL modem (one that has a functional Internet connection when plugged directly into your PC or laptop.) Ethernet network cable(s). Verify The Connection To begin, connect your cable or DSL modem directly to your PC or laptop using an Ethernet

    • How to Reset a Belkin Router

      How to Reset a Belkin Router

      Belkin brand routers are capable of a hardware reset if there are any problems with the current settings or if access to the router has been disabled inadvertently. The hardware reset function can be performed on Belkin routers by following these steps: Note: Resetting a Belkin router will remove all of the current settings and

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