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Color Nook Setup

December 26, 2010

Setting up the Color Nook is easy once you know this secret. Shorten your pass-phrase key! The Color Nook will not authenticate on a network with a pass-phrase key of longer than 10 characters. I had to laugh when I learned this from the support desk and even more when he said that WEP was fine and besides anyone wanting to break-in to your LAN can do it. It’s time to chew bubblegum and kick-ass, schnooks!

Let’s talk about your Wi-Fi security a minute. If you haven’t already, you will need to choose between WEP, WPA and WPA enterprise for the security mode of your Wi-Fi router. The purpose of any of these security modes is to encrypt the data packets that are broadcast through the air between your router and your wireless device. That way, your credit card numbers and other sensitive data won’t be plain for all to read!

WEP is the easiest protocol to setup and make work and sadly, the least secure. This first generation protocol encryption is easily hacked by listening to packets for a short while. Many non-IT people buying a router from the local store use this protocol and put all their transmissions at risk. If you count your cash or change clothes in full view at your open bedroom window, then this is the protocol for you.

WPA, or Wi-Fi Protected Access quickly replaced WEP. It improved data encryption by using a temporal key integrity protocol (TKIP) and by introducing user authentication missing in WEP through the extensible authentication protocol (EAP). WPA still had a few problems and WAP2 was a complete re-write to provide decent security.

Businesses want security and are willing to pay for it or at least deal with the technological requirements to make their Wi-Fi secure. The enterprise version of WPA uses an external radius server that will generate fresh new encryption keys for each session. Few home users will bother with this. So instead, home users typically create a pass key or pre-shared key (PSK).

These keys may be from 8 to 63 characters long. The longer the better, as it is harder for your network to be hacked by programs that essentially try to guess your password. The Nook however, will not authenticate if your password is longer than 10 characters.

In summary:
WEP – Weak Effectiveness People – Don’t use this!
WPA – Wi-Fi Protected Access
WPA2 – 2nd attempt to get it right
shhNook – Only 10 character pass keys – Don’t tell anyone!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2010 12:30 am

    Maybe Barnes & Noble will admit to the fact, but it is thanks to all those hackers who have worked overtime that Nook Color has become Barnes & Noble’s all-time best seller.
    just my opition ^^


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