McAfee has been working on new software designed to ease security setup on home wireless networks. McAfee Wireless Home Network Security software will automatically set up encryption keys on Wi-Fi routers and the PCs connected to them. The software also rotates the keys every three hours, further adding to security. The product will work with older Wi-Fi systems that use the WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption system, as well as current equipment that also supports the newer WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WPA 2 technologies.
McAfee Wireless Home Network Security will cost $50 for a 12-month license for use with five PCs at a time. Wireless network clients that can't use the software, such as Apple Computer Macintosh computers, aren't counted under the license. There will be a $10 annual fee for software updates to support the latest wireless LAN gear.
The software also will be available in a bundle with a three-user software firewall and a three-user antivirus software license for $100, with a planned annual renewal price of $80. In addition, it will be part of the McAfee Internet Security Suite - Wireless Network Edition with a three-user license for McAfee Internet Security Suite for $150, with a planned $110 renewal price.