More questions about WPA (sorry!)

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Simon Pleasants, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. Okay, further to the previous thread, I decided I would switch over to
    WPA from WEP. I do not really require that level of security but
    since the facility is there I figured I might as well use it.

    Setting up WPA-PSK was a simple task, just telling the router the
    passcode I wanted it to use and applying it. I then started the
    laptop and and couldn't log in (it was offering up the 128 bit WEP
    key). It was a simple matter in the Netgear GUI to switch to advanced
    security and enter the key. The laptop then logged in successfully.

    So am I now way more secure than before? The help information on the
    router interface seems to think I am. However, and this is the bit I
    don't get, why does the Netgear GUI on the laptop still show my
    network has having WEP as its security when it scans for available
    networks. Net Stumbler also has WEP as my security type. Am I
    missing something here?

    I even tried being smart. I set the router to use WPA-802.1x instead.
    Of course now I couldn't even log in to my own network (what's a
    radius server, btw) but I could still detect it with Netstumbler.
    Still it said WEP, as did the Netgear GUI.

    Clearly there is something about WPA which I just don't get! Anyone?
    Simon Pleasants, Jul 7, 2004
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  2. Yes, assuming you entered a maximum length key.

    If you need to ask that question dot 1x is not for you.

    Greg Hennessy, Jul 7, 2004
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  3. Radius servers tend to remote access authenication servers (normally
    used by ISPs to authenticate users remotley onto the ISPs network), but
    can quite happily be used to log a user onto a local network if needed
    (BT ADSL based ISPs use radius as much as the dialup providers do).
    MeatballTurbo, Jul 7, 2004
  4. I was just experimenting at that stage so no. I have subsequently
    used a longer a more complicated key.
    I didn't think it was, I was just trying to work out why all my
    scanning equipment showed my network security as being WEP when it is
    actually WPA. No-one has commented on this particular question.

    WPA-PSK is an absolute doddle. Using it appears to have made no
    difference whatsoever in terms of throughput across the network, I
    just can't figured why all the network scanning software calls it WEP.
    Simon Pleasants, Jul 7, 2004
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