Tech Terms Explained: WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WEP, TKIP and AES

Tech Terms Explained

Too many acronyms will drive anyone crazy. Let's take a look at your router's encryption options and figure out what on earth they mean.

WEP

WEP (wired equivalent privacy) is now outdated and not a recommended choice for encrypting. You may see options for WEP 64 or WEP 128. These are also outdated and not recommended for encryption.

TKIP

An outdated type of encryption utilized by WPA or WPA2. If possible, use AES instead.

AES

The newest type of encryption utilized by WPA or WPA2. Use AES for the strongest encryption.

WPA-PSK

WPA (Wi-Fi protected access) is an older form of encryption that should be avoided if possible. If your router does not feature WPA2-PSK, then select WPA as an alternative. WPA-PSK (AES) is the strongest form of encryption here.

WPA2-PSK

The most secure encryption. WPA2-PSK (AES) is the latest and greatest in encryption, but may not work well with older devices.

WPAWPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES)

Often the default selection, WPAWPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) features adequate security and functions across most devices.

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