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WEP, WPA and other wireless encryption methods operate specifically between your wireless client, or computer and your WiFi access point (WAP). When data from your computer gets to the access point or gateway, it is no longer encrypted and it is transmitted over the public Internet to its destination. The only exception to this is when you're using SSH, SSL (commonly employed when you make a purchase on the Internet) or VPN, in which case it is still encrypted.
While using an advanced tool like WPA will protect you to a degree from intruders, you might also consider additional protection techniques such as VPN.
If you'd like more basic information and definitions relating to Wi-Fi, see the /faq/wlan
Wireless Networking Forum FAQ or »Wireless Networking forum.
Furthermore, our system also has FAQs and Forums for each of the major equipment manufacturers. Click here for a listing: Hardware By Brand. Most of these forums have a FAQ and links to the manufacturer's support sites.
If you are considering providing commercial wireless services for the general public, apartments, or hotels, you can find that information in the »Wireless Service Providers forum.
If your wireless network is working correctly, except for file or printer sharing, that topic is covered by our »Networking forum.
You can search the entire system, but sometimes the number of responses are overwhelming or unorganized, and it is easier to visit the forums and FAQs.
Naturally, if you have a Wi-Fi security question that is not covered in the places above, you are in the right place!
Tips: This is the fastest way to get most answers. When you visit a forum, look for a FAQ (a feature of most forums), and perform a forum search (a feature of all forums) before posting.