First of all, the conclusion is that our mesh WiFi is secure, and your personal privacy is secure too.

Nowadays, almost all the home network products from all kinds of brands such as NETGEAR, TP-Link and Linksys adopt this two WiFi encryption methods, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK, and the WiFi encryption algorithms are TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) and AES (Advanced Encryption Standard). Our mesh adopt the mixed WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (TKIP&AES) encryption too.

Now let’s analyse this two WiFi encryption algorithms.

TKIP is responsible for the cryptographic part of wireless security. An important feature of TKIP is the variation of the key used for each packet, which is where the "dynamic" part of its name comes from. The key is generated by mixing several factors, including the basic key, the MAC address of the transmitting station and the serial number of the packet.

AES is a specification used by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to encrypt electronic data. It is an iterative, symmetric key grouping cipher that can use 128, 192 and 256-bit keys and encrypts and decrypts data in 128-bit (16-byte) groups.

In conclusion, this two WiFi encryption algorithms are designed to follow extremely demanding design standards and adopt advanced encryption logic, so trying to crack them is only a theoretical possibility. In a word, they are very secure.

But in some iOS devices, your WiFi network is told to be unsafe, and it happens in many brands such as NETGEAR, TP-Link, Linksys. Why would this happen?

If the iOS version of your device is lower than iOS14, this prompt will not appear. Otherwise, it may appear.

So, the“weak security”prompt on the WLAN settings is only a feature of the iOS14. Apple thinks that the TKIP does not meet Apple's network security standards. But in reality, the TKIP is secure enough to protect your personal privacy. And our mesh adopt the mixed WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK(TKIP&AES) encryption which is nearly impossible to crack.

Compared with AES, TKIP is more compatible with old devices such as old computers, old cellphones or old printers, etc. So if the network routers only adopt AES, then the old devices may not be able to connect to the WiFi. So this is another reason for the existence of TKIP.

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