Date Added: Mar 2011
As the main secret-key encryption techniques of the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) have been proven to be unsafe, wireless network security is faced with serious challenges. It is unpractical for home users and small companies to purchase expensive network equipments to improve the network security. Therefore, the secure strategy for wireless network needs to be changed. In this paper, the authors first introduce secure issues of the main secret-key encryption techniques currently adopted by the most popular commercial wireless routers. Then, they describe the initial designs and propose a new strategy for small-scale IEEE 802.11 wireless local area network which can strengthen the network security. The new secure strategy is based on web authentication with unshared key and Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) in wireless network.