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An increase in password complexity decreases the risk of a security breach. Hackers can usually crack a password that is less than 8 characters in length in a few hours. Hence it is vital that you use long passwords with a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.
This article explains the password complexity configuration on the WAP121 and WAP321 access points.
Step 1. Log in to the web configuration utility and choose System Security > Password Complexity. The Password Complexity page opens:
Step 2. Check Enable in the Password Complexity field to enable password complexity.
Step 3. Choose the appropriate minimum number of character classes from the Password Minimum Character Class drop-down list. Uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and the special characters available on a standard keyboard are the four possible character classes.
Step 4. (Optional) Check Enable in the Password Different From Current field to require you to enter a different password when the current password expires. If disabled, you can reenter the same password which you used earlier.
Step 5. Enter the maximum number of characters for a password in the Maximum Password Length field. The range is from 64 to 80.
Step 6. Enter the minimum number of characters that a password can have in the Minimum Password Length field. The range is from 0 to 32.
Step 7. (Optional) Check Enable in the Password Aging Support field in order for the password to expire after a certain time.
Step 8. If you enabled support for password aging in the previous step, enter the number of days until a password expires in the Password Aging Time field. The range is from 1 to 365 days.
Step 9. Click Save to save the settings.