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Linksys WRT54GS - WPA 2 compatible?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by stisev, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. stisev

    stisev Network Guru Member

    Hi all,

    I've got a Linksys WRT54GS w/ Alchemy 1.0 final firmware.
    I use WPA with AES.

    Is this the same thing as WPA 2? Is my router compatible with WPA2? Can I upgrade the firmware to something else and use it?

    Thanks
    -sev
     
  2. SteelersFANinMA

    SteelersFANinMA Network Guru Member

    You'll need three things which you may already have.
    1. XP SP2 or XP SP1 with the update from Microsoft that will make WPA2 compatible with the OS.
    2. A wireless card/nic with drivers that support WPA2.
    3. Firmware for your router that supports WPA2.

    I'm not sure if WPA with AES is the same as WPA2-AES. I think I've heard that as long as you use AES and not TKIP with WPA, it is the same as WPA2-AES, but again I'm not sure about that. I just use WPA2-AES. If your firmware and wireless card/nic support it then it should be listed with WEP/WPA in the dropdown menus. If you have those listed, choose them, and use Windows WZC to monitor your network connection, then it should say, "security-enabled wireless network (WPA2)" when you view your wireless networks via WZC, (Windows Zero Configuration).
     

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