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Apple's AirPort uses the

IEEE 802.11 Standard, which means :"...802.11 embeds the WEP mechanism within the MAC that covers station-to-station transmission. The standard specifies usage of the RC4 security algorithm from RSA. The scheme relies on a 40-bit key to encrypt the payload of data frames. The working group chose the RC4 algorithm in part because the US Government does not restrict the export of products using the RC4 encryption method. In contrast, other algorithms such as DES can only be exported in a few specific applications. Moreover, tests by members of 802.11 prove RC4 to offer security that matches or exceeds the privacy achievable by standard wired Ethernet." Big thanks to Lawrence Lee for the heads up. When in doubt, RTFM. Doh!


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