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SBG6580: WEP Wireless Setup (Primary Network)

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How do I setup WEP encryption for the Primary Network on my SBG6580?


The SBG6580 includes configuration options for WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption, which is used to secure network data transmitted over the wireless (Wi-Fi) connection. Depending on the capability of the client wireless card, 40-bit or 128-bit WEP Encryption can be enabled for IP traffic on the LAN.  There are two types of setup for WEP: WEP Automatic or WEP Manual

  • WEP Automatic is used to automatically generate a WEP encryption key in the SBG6580 by entering a passphrase.  The passphrase can be any string of words or numbers. 
  • WEP Manual is used to manually configure a WEP encryption key.    

This document describes how to configure the Primary Network to use WEP wireless encryption.

NOTE: By default, the Primary Network is enabled, and uses WPA-PSK encryption.


  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.  Enter into the address box.

    NOTE: By default the LAN IP address is  If the default address has been changed, enter the custom address in the address box.

  2. Enter admin in the Username field.
  3. Enter motorola in the Password field.
  4. Click the Login button. The Status Connection page appears.

  5. Click the Wireless link on the top menu.  The Wireless 802.11 Radio page appears.
  6. On the Wireless 802.11 Radio page:
    a.   802.11 n-mode - Click on the drop down menu, and select Off.
    b.   Click the Apply button.

  7. Click the Primary Network button on the left-hand menu.  The 802.11 Primary Network page appears.

  8. On the 802.11 Primary Network page:
    a.   Primary Network - Click on the drop-down menu, and select Enabled
    b.   Network Name (SSID) - Change this setting to the desired name, or leave at the current setting.
    c.   WPA-PSK - Click on the drop-down menu, and select Disabled
    d.   WPA2-PSK - Click on the drop-down menu, and select Disabled.


    d.   WEP Encryption - Click on the drop-down menu, and select WEP (64-bit) or WEP (128-bit)  The longer the key, the stronger the encryption and
    the more difficult it is to break the encryption.

Option 1 to Configure for WEP (Automatic)

  1. PassPhrase - Enter a passphrase in the field and click the Generate WEP Keys button.

    NOTE: The passphrase can be up to 22 characters.
  2. Network Key 1: - Copy this key, as it will be needed for the wireless client(s) to connect.

    NOTE: Do not use the passphrase on the wireless clients.  Only use the Encryption Key that is generated from the passphrase.
  3. Click the Apply button.


Option 2 to Configure for WEP (Manual)

  1. Network Key 1 - Enter the desired key.  For 64-bit encryption, enter 10 digits. For 128-bit encryption, enter 26 digits. 

    NOTE 1:  Network Key 1 is the default key to use.

    NOTE 2:  WEP keys use hexadecimal characters, which are 0 - 9 and A - F.  For best security, it is recommended to avoid the use of all the same characters.

    64 bit: 02468ACE02
    128 bit: 0123456789ABCDEF0123456789
  2.  Click the Apply button.


The SBG6580 is now configured to allow wireless client connections using WEP encryption.

To make a connection, the wireless client must have WEP encryption enabled and have the same WEP encryption key as the Motorola Wireless Gateway.  For assistance with the wireless client,




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