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SBG6782 (v8.4.x): WEP Wireless Setup (Primary Network)

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How do I setup WEP encryption for the Primary Network on my SBG6782?

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The SBG6782 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 SBG6782 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. 

The SBG6782 supports 2.4GHz and 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies simultaneously.  Each frequency has it's own SSID (Service Set Identification), which is the name given to the wireless network of the SBG6782 The 2.4 GHz frequency supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless clients, while the 5.0 GHz frequency supports 802.11n wireless clients only.  802.11n devices will generally perform better in the 5GHz range.

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

NOTE 1: By default, the Primary Network is enabled, and uses WPA-PSK encryption.

NOTE 2: Enabling WEP encryption will disable Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).


To Configure WEP

  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. Enter http://192.168.0.1 into the address box, and press the Enter key.  The Login page appears.

    NOTE: By default the LAN IP address is 192.168.0.1. If the default address has been changed, enter the custom address in the address box.
     
  2. On the Login page:
    a.   Enter admin in the Username field.
    b.   Enter motorola in the Password field.
     
    NOTE 1:  If the unit has been leased or purchased by Shaw Communications, retrieve the username and password from the black label on the unit, and enter that information into the Username and Password fields.

    NOTE 2:  If the unit has been leased or purchased by Time Warner Cable, and the admin username and motorola password does not allow access to the GUI, please contact Time Warner Cable for assistance.

    c.   Click the Login button. The Home page appears.

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  3. On the Home page, click on Manage Wi-Fi Network.  The Wireless - Primary Network Settings page appears.

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  4. On the Wireless - Primary Network Settings page:
    a.  Select the desired frequency tab to modify (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz).

    NOTE 1: Choosing the Wireless Interface only determines which frequency settings are desired to be modified.  The 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies are already enabled simultaneously by default.

    NOTE 2: The 2.4 GHz frequency supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless clients, while the 5.0 GHz frequency supports 802.11n wireless clients only.  802.11n devices will generally perform better in the 5GHz range.

    NOTE 3: In this example, the 2.4 GHz frequency has been selected to modify.


    b.   Wireless Security - Click the drop-down tab, and select Change Mode.  Click the drop-down tab again and select WEP.
    c.   When the following message box appears Enabling WEP will disable WPS.  Do you want to continue?, click the OK button.

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Configuring for WEP (Automatic)

  1. On the WEP Security Setting section:
    a.   Generate Keys
     - Enter a passphrase in the field and click the Generate WEP Keys button.

    NOTE 1: Encryption is set to 128 Bit by default.  In this example, 64 bit is selected.

    NOTE 2: The passphrase can be up to 20 characters.

    b.   Network Key 1: - Make a note of 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 Network Key that is generated from the passphrase.

    c.   Click the Apply button.

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Configuring for WEP (Manual)

  1. On the WEP Security Setting section:
    a.   Network Key 1
    - Enter the desired key.  For 64-bit encryption, enter 10 digits. For 128-bit encryption, enter 26 digits. 

    NOTE 1:  Encryption is set to 128 Bit by default.  In this example, 64 bit is selected.

    NOTE 2: Network Key 1 is the default key to use.

    NOTE 3:  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.

    EXAMPLES:
    64 bit: 02468ace02
    128 bit: 0123456789abcdef0123456789

    b.   Click the Apply button.

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The SBG6782 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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