WEP is the acronym for Wired Equivalent Privacy.

Wireless networks broadcast messages using radio and are thus more susceptible to eavesdropping than wired networks. WEP was introduced in 1997 to secure IEEE 802.11 wireless networks and was designed is to make the link integrity of the wireless medium equal to that of wired cable connections. There are two WEP standards. They are:

  • WEP-40 (uses a 40 bit WEP key)
  • WEP-104 (uses a 128 bit WEP key)

WEP has been superseded by Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) which is much more secure.

Vigor wireless routers support both WEP and WPA/WPA2 wireless security.