The Service Set Identifier (SSID) is a configurable client identification that allows clients to communicate to a particular base station. In application, only clients that are configured with the same SSID can communicate with base stations having the same SSID. SSID provides a simple password arrangement between base stations and clients.

As far as troubleshooting is concerned, if a client is not able to access a base station, ensure that both are using the same SSID. Incompatible SSIDs are sometimes found when clients move computers, such as laptops, between different wireless networks. They obtain an SSID from one network and then if the system is not rebooted, the old SSID won't allow communication to a different base station.

WEP Settings

The Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a security protocol for wireless networks that encrypts transmitted data . WEP is easy to configure with only three possible security optionsOff (no security), 64-bit (basic security), and 128-bit (stronger security). WEP is not difficult to crack, and using it reduces performance slightly.

If your network operates with WEP turned off, your system is very open for someone to access your data. Depending on the sensitivity of your data, you can choose between the 64-bit and 128-bit encryption. Although the 128-bit WEP encryption provides greater security, it does so at a performance cost. 64-bit offers less impact on system performance and less security.

As far as troubleshooting is concerned, in order for wireless communication to take place, wireless devices must all use the same WEP setting. Most devices are set to Off by default; if changed, all clients must use the same settings.