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What do I need to do to get this setup?

It's asking for a passphrase to generate and then Key 1 through 4.

What do I need to do to get this working for my girlfriends network?
 
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Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker
What do I need to do to get this setup?

It's asking for a passphrase to generate and then Key 1 through 4.

What do I need to do to get this working for my girlfriends network?
The passphrase is just a random thing you type to get it to generate codes,because it needs something to go off of. You will not have to remember the passphrase.. but write down the wep keys.

for the phrase just put overclockers
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Do I need to write down all 4 of the passphrases?
 
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Save all 4. but the one you use depends on the settings, when set on 1 use wep key 1 when set on 4 use wep key 4.

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No, just write down one and two... or print the screen.
I think the others are for safter, like if you loose some
So after I do this, anyone will have to enter one of these passwords to access the network?

And if these women (lol, gf and gf's mom) "happen" to lose them, I can just access the router and change them correct?
 
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So after I do this, anyone will have to enter one of these passwords to access the network?

And if these women (lol, gf and gf's mom) "happen" to lose them, I can just access the router and change them correct?
Yes.. but when you do this the numbers will be different.
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So after I do this, anyone will have to enter one of these passwords to access the network?

And if these women (lol, gf and gf's mom) "happen" to lose them, I can just access the router and change them correct?
When you log into the router the numbers will always be visible. And you only need the numbers for the key you select. They have different keys for rotation resulting in higher security but you never have to change that. Besides that once you enter a wep key and successfully connect, windows saves that key forever until you manually erase it. It will automatically connect to the AP everytime you are in range.
    
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I'm going to add my 2 cents about setting up WEP.

First, I never use the passphrase thing. I manually enter the WEP key that I want to use in the router. I always use key #1, just to make it simple. I also use 64-bit encryption, so the key is only 10 hex digits long. I also try to use something clever and easy to remember (something like 1a2b3c4d5e).

Some people are going to give me grief about using weak encryption. Here's the deal. WEP is weak. If someone really wants to hack my wireless network, they're going to do it regardless of how strong the encryption is.
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Passphrasing is no less weak than coming up with a random key. The reason for passphrasing is the ability to use wep across mutiple systems than having to manually enter a random key. Wep is generally not easy enough to crack that someone will go through the effort to break into their neighbors system just to get there vacation pictures from 2002. Wep is like the lock on your front door, it can get kick in of course but most assailants will just move on. Same goes for wep.
    
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Passphrasing is weaker because it still leaves you vulnerable to dictionary attack.
Also, if your router and gear supports WPA-AES, it's no more difficult to setup than WEP, but is far more secure. Granted, the locked door analogy is absolutely correct as most people aren't going to go through the trouble to hack your network when som many open ones are available, but the FBI has cracked WEP networks in under 3 minutes using packet injection... while they claim that WPA hasn't been cracked yet. If the setup is just as easy, why not go the secure route?
There are free 128 bit key generators on the net. It's just a matter of generate, copy, and paste to have ridiculously strong encryption. The weakest part of your network becomes the router password, which hopefully isn't 'cat.'
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