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WEP & WPA Together on Same Network?

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by phillytim, May 31, 2006.

  1. phillytim

    phillytim Network Guru Member

    Greetings everyone!

    So I'm considering to purchase a Nintendo DS Lite portable game machine. But the problem is that it only uses WEP network encryption.

    My home router runs WPA and I ~REALLY~ do not want to revert to the inferior WEP.

    Does anyone know of anyone's firmware that allows you to run WEP & WPA together on the same network from the same router box?

    I recall seeing a message somehere around this forum that this technique may be coming to someone's firmware (it may be Thibor, since he does everything!).

    Thanks for any info!
  2. swinn

    swinn Network Guru Member

    Your network is only as strong as your weakest link. If you are running WEP and WPA on the same network then WPA encryption is not doing you any good as far as preventing someone from breaking into your network.

    Perhaps an access point running WEP in between your modem and your router would be best since your DS would still have access to the Internet but not have access to your LAN.
  3. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member

    Hi phillytim,

    So far, the DD-WRT v24 alpha is beginning to incorporate multiple SSIDs so that you can use a different encryption method on each. It also supports WVLANs so that you can separate out traffic on one SSID with the weaker encryption from the rest of the network. Since the DS only needs internet access this is probably the right way to go. I have asked Thibor to consider mutiple SSIDs to be included in his next release, but WVLANs may not be an option. Good luck with your setup, I have similar situation where I have one router runing WPA2 and a second AP running WEP128 for my DS and Roku Soundbridge, each of which only support WEP :(
  4. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    this type of functionality goes far beyond Avenger2.0's original goal for Hyperwrt, and although it could also be said that my version also exceeds his original spec, i have made a lot of effort to maintain, or even increase stability over the stock firmware. i may, and this is not a promise or in any way obligating me to do it, be able to get command line support for multiple WVLANS, but if you want a web page for it, i want somebody else to chip in and do something for a change
  5. phillytim

    phillytim Network Guru Member

    interesting responses, thanks guys

    swinn: as i'm a net admin, i totally agree with what you are saying; but my apartment is small, as such are the space resources.

    jdepew: i'm gonna take a look at DD-WRT...just to get a feel for things, and may well consider it.

    thibor: i *LOVE* your firmware, which i keep on my WRT54GSv1.0. you do such an outstanding job, it would be unfair to ask for anything more than you'd have time to handle. hey, if someone else is able to step up to your plate to partner on multiple WLANS, then that would benefit us all!

    i'm possibly gonna get a DS this weekend......i hope not to get fat sitting at mcdonalds to play on-line mario kart ds! lol

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