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Configuring WEP encryption

WEP encryption uses matching encryption keys that are located at wireless access points and wireless clients to secure wireless communication.

To configure WEP encryption, you must distribute the WEP keys in the Wi-Fi® profiles that you assign to user accounts. The BlackBerry® Enterprise Server sends the WEP key information when users activate Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry devices.

The WEP keys on BlackBerry devices must match the WEP keys that are located at the access points.

You can configure four WEP keys and a default key ID. The WEP key numbering on BlackBerry devices does not match the WEP key numbering in the configuration settings of the Wi-Fi profile for the enterprise Wi-Fi network. For example, WEP key 1 on the BlackBerry device is WEP key 0 in the configuration settings, and WEP key 2 on the BlackBerry device is WEP key 1 in the configuration settings. You type or copy the WEP keys for the access points as a string of hexadecimal digits.

BlackBerry devices do not support a WEP passphrase.

Configure WEP keys for BlackBerry devices using a Wi-Fi profile

If BlackBerry® device users in your organization's environment use BlackBerry® 7270 smartphones, you must configure WEP keys using IT policy rules instead of configuration settings.

Before you begin: Obtain the WEP keys for the wireless access point. For more information, see the documentation for the access point.
  1. In the BlackBerry Administration Service, on the BlackBerry solution management menu, expand Policy > Wi-Fi configuration.
  2. Click Manage Wi-Fi profiles.
  3. Click the name of the Wi-Fi® profile that you want to change.
  4. Click Edit profile.
  5. On the Wi-Fi profile settings tab, configure the values for the following configuration settings:
    • Wi-Fi WEP Key 1
    • Wi-Fi WEP Key 2
    • Wi-Fi WEP Key 3
    • Wi-Fi WEP Key 4
  6. Click Save All.
After you finish:
  • For more information about configuration settings, see the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Policy Reference Guide.
  • Assign the Wi-Fi profile to the user accounts.
  • Resend the IT policy that you assign to the user accounts to Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry devices.
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