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      router security network key...

      Having been given this link...Cracking WPA-PSK
      by my boss, i have become at least a little concerned over the rather basic Network key given with the V2 router from sky.
      My question is this like with the SSID i presume that you can change the network key to a errrmmm far more secure key (i think it mentions at least 20 alphanumeric string) to be secure.

      whats your views on this, has anyone else changed this?

      i am aware that you would have to provide our connected devices with the new key etc
      cheers
      lee


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      Re: router security network key...

      Yeah, the default WPA network key on Sky routers isn't all that brilliant, but with 208,827,064,576 possible combinations of 8 capital letters, a brute force crack would still be pretty time consuming. My CU releases for the Sky DG834GT extend the default network key to 16 characters, and it can have both upper and lower-case letters, and digits, although it never contains "ambiguous" characters such as digit 0 or letter O. Mind you it's still 9,354,238,358,105,289,311,446,368,256 combinations, so it should take a fair bit of time to crack that.

      Of course, the fact that for any V1 router, I can calculate the default network key from just the MAC address, is a much bigger security concern.

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      Re: router security network key...

      am afraid a little of that i idnt fully understand, although are you saying that the key can actually be changed on the V2 or is it somehow firmware dependant

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      Re: router security network key...

      You can change the network key on all Sky routers, and it's particularly important that anyone who has one of the original white routers does this.

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      Re: router security network key...

      cheers mate... goes off to think of a suitable key hehehehe
      just read on another site that it is recommended to have a minimum 33 character key, to be truelly secure at the moment... mind you i guess you have to think *what are the chances of it actually being attacked

      thanks for clarification

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      Re: router security network key...

      ^^ you could always turn the wireless off and use powerline adapters

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      Re: router security network key...

      its only the ps3 really that uses the wireless, and i do have access control turned on, just be a pain to run a cat5 to where the ps3 is ya see. I've never been keen on the powerline stuff, but if you have used or have comments on it then am all ears... i belive these are the type that use the electrical wiring circuitry, or am i completely wrong lol

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      Re: router security network key...

      I use these, but you can pick up cheaper ones now, works perfect on my PC

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      Re: router security network key...

      cheers for the info richone54 - worth looking into

     

     

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