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Figure 6 shows the login landing Main page, which reveals a clean, attractive interface, with Verizon branding and links to Actiontec and Verizon pages where you can buy stuff.

Main page

Figure 6: Main page

The essential wireless settings are on the Wireless Settings > Basic Security Settings page shown in Figure 7 below. I have mixed feelings about the default to WEP and the (We recommend using WEP because it encrypts your wireless traffic.) notation next to the enable button.

Wireless settings

Figure 7: Wireless settings

I can see why Verizon went with this option, given WEP's continued widespread use and its desire to minimize tech support calls. But WPA/WPA2 should be the recommended default since it is supported in most wireless devices and is more secure. And if Verizon really wanted to be current, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) should be supported, but isn't.

The My Network icon looks innocent enough, but if you're adventurous and persistent with clicking on icons, you'll find all sorts of hidden features in the maze-like navigation structure. The Network Status page (Figure 8) shows icons for connected clients along with links to things you might like to do. But clicking the Access Shared Files links just threw up 404 Not Found pages.

Network Status

Figure 8: Network Status

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