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WEP - Short for Wired Equivalent Privacy, a security protocol for wireless local area networks (WLANs) defined in the 802.11B standard. WEP is designed to provide the same level of security as that of a wired LAN. LANs are inherently more secure than WLANs because LANs are somewhat protected by the physicalities of their structure, having some or all part of the network inside a building that can be protected from unauthorized access. WLANs, which are over radio waves, do not have the same physical structure and therefore are more vulnerable to tampering. WEP aims to provide security by encrypting data over radio waves so that it is protected as it is transmitted from one end point to another. The Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) feature uses the RC4 PRNG algorithm developed by RSA Data Security, Inc. If your wireless base station supports MAC filtering, it is recommended that you use this feature in addition to WEP (MAC filtering is much more secure than encryption)

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